It’s a shame that we learned yesterday that then actor Clive Dunn has died at the age of 92. He lived in Portugal and died after complications following an operation. He played Corporal Jones in the much loved TV show Dad’s Army.
The TV Series Dad’s Army ran from 1968 to 1977 by the BBC and ran for a total of twelve seasons watched by an audiences excess of 13 million each week. They also made a film in 1971.
The first series was in Black and white before going colour. Dad’s Army was a fictional south coast seaside town of Walmington-on-sea during WWII about a platoon of the Home Guard.
Each week the platoon, commanded by Captain Mainwaring, would attempt to protect England against a German invasion. The platoon consisted of Mainwaring, Wilson and Pike, they all worked at the bank, while Jones was the Butcher. Hodges, the Air raid warden, was the Greengrocer, Fraser was a Undertaker and Walker the local spiv and black marketer. Most of the outside shots were filmed in Norfolk and Suffolk.
I loved watching the show and loved the characters being played in them. It had great humour and catchphrases like Corporal Jones “Don’t panic” and “They don’t like it up ‘em” and Mainwaring’s “Stupid boy”. I still watch the repeats and I think it’s a show that I will always watch again and again.