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Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story (2000)

A celebration of the much-loved British sitcom Dad's Army (1968).

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Gerard Barry

Writer:

Victoria Wood
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Wood ... Herself - Presenter
Clive Dunn ... Himself
Frank Williams ... Himself
Wendy Richard ... Herself
Jack Dee ... Himself
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ... Herself / Mrs Fox
Bill Pertwee ... Himself
Carmen Silvera ... Herself / Mrs. Fiona Gray
John Thomson ... Himself
Jimmy Perry Jimmy Perry ... Himself (as Jimmy Perry OBE)
Ian Lavender ... Himself
David Croft David Croft ... Himself (as David Croft OBE)
Philip Madoc ... Himself
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. George Mainwaring (archive footage)
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Arthur Wilson (archive footage)
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A celebration of the much-loved British sitcom Dad's Army (1968).

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UK

Language:

English

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28 May 2000 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Thetford, Norfolk, England, UK

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This documentary opened with the well-known title sequence of Dad's Army (1968), featuring shots of each of the main characters marching along, overlaid with the actor's name. However, added on to the end of the sequence was a similar shot of Victoria Wood, presenter of the documentary, dressed in a World War II soldier's uniform, complete with tin hat and rifle. See more »

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Home Guard stories
23 January 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Like most people in Britain I would watch the end credits of Dad's Army and shout out 'he's dead, he's dead, he's still alive!'

This celebration of Dad's Army is narrated and introduced by Victoria Wood who goes around in Corporal Jones delivery van as we hear from celebrity fans like Jack Dee, John Thomson and the cast members and behind the scenes crew that were still alive in the year 2000 when this programme was made and which has severely diminished since then.

It was nice to hear some of the behind the scenes stories of the making of the show and some of the reminiscences about the actors like Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, rivalries between John Laurie and Arnold Ridley or how the show was rocked when James Beck died suddenly.

What struck me the most was the different view people had of the past which was the opposite. Wendy Richard had a rosy view of the war years where people stuck together and did not run the country down like they did today. Richard was also a devout Tory supporter.

Clive Dunn who was a Labour supporter, spent some of the war in a prisoner of war camp was having none of it. It was a horrid time to him with spivs profiteering and exploiting people.


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