Scripted Drama


The dramatized story of how legendary writers-producers Jimmy Perry and David Croft overcame BBC management scepticism, focus groups and cast constipation to get the much loved series onto air.

Dad’s Army, which gave us the cherished catchphrases ‘We’re Doomed!’ ‘Don’t Panic!’ ‘Stupid boy!’ & ‘They don’t like it up ‘em!’ was one of Britain’s most successful ever comedy sitcoms. At its peak, it attracted 18 million viewers every Saturday night and to this day, over 40 years later, continues to command an audience of millions with its repeats.

Running from Perry’s initial idea in 1967 until the transmission of the first episode in 1968, this affectionate and witty film shows the beginnings of Perry and Croft’s writing partnership and the casting woes, personal clashes and production difficulties that put the show’s very existence in jeopardy. It reveals to fans and newcomers alike what went on behind the scenes in the making of Dad’s Army and is a true love letter to British creativity.

Broadcaster:BBC Two
Distributor:Endemol Shine Group
Genre:Scripted Drama
Production year:2015
Executive Producer:Emily Dalton, Patrick Irwin, Charlotte Surtees & Gregor Sharp
Starring:Paul Ritter, Richard Dormer, John Sessions, Julian Sands, Mark Heap, Shane Richie, Kevin Bishop, Ralph Riach, Michael Cochrane, Kieran Hodgson, Keith Allen, Sally Phillips, Sarah Alexander, Harry Peacock, Stuart McQuarrie, Roy Hudd