‘Dad’s Army’ creator Jimmy Perry has died

The comedy legend has sadly passed away, aged 93

Dad’s Army creator Jimmy Perry has died aged 93. As well as creating the comedy, Perry also worked alongside producer David Croft on series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-De-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord?

Perry was awarded an OBE in 1978 and also ran the Palace Theatre in Watford. He took on small parts in a number of sitcoms before penning his own work.

Dad’s Army’s famous character Private Frank Pike, the lovable “stupid boy”, is also reportedly based on the writer himself.

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Perry was also responsible Dad’s Army’s well-known theme song ‘Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler?’ which earned him an Ivor Novello Award in 1971.

Jimmy is survived his wife, Gilda Perry.

The Dad’s Army movie was released earlier this year, with Toby Jones taking over the role of Captain Mainwaring from the late Arthur Lowe, Bill Nighy co-starring as Wilson and The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison playing the hapless Pike.

The film’s ensemble cast also included Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Danny Mays as Walker and Catherine Zeta-Jones as a new character called Rose Winter. Mark Gatiss, Alison Steadman, Annette Crosbie and The Inbetweeners’ Emily Atack all appear in supporting roles too.