Jimmy Perry, a beloved British writer who created Dad’s Army together with the producer David Croft, has died at age 93 following a short illness.
The popular series ran for 80 episodes starting in 1968 and ending in 1977. They also created It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, a series about a Second World War entertainment troupe.
Perry used his own experiences of being a member of the Home Guard during the war and as a Redcoat at Butlin’s holiday camp.
“It’s the end of an era,” said Ian Lavender, who portrayed Private Pike in Dad’s Army.
Actress Ruth Madoc paid tribute, saying Perry was a great friend who will be missed very much. He knew comedy and what he produced will stand for a long time. Generations to come will love it still, BBC News reported.
Production manager Roy Gould, who worked on Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M’Lord, praised Perry’s research skills. “He was meticulous in that,” he explained. “Whether on location or in rehearsal Jim would have the script and ensure everything was going as planned. Nothing was ever left to fate.”
Perry also penned some of his tunes to themes, such as Holiday Rock for Hi-de-Hi and for Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler? for Dad’s Army.