British comedy writer Jimmy Perry passed away at the age of 93 after a short illness last week.
With writing partner David Croft, Perry is known for creating the popular and classic TV comedy shows Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord?
He lived a long and eventful life – he was a Home Guard during the Second World War (Dad’s Army), a soldier in Africa (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) and later worked as a Redcoat at Butlin’s holiday camp (Hi-de-Hi!) all experiences that highly influenced his writing.
BBC comedy commissioner Shane Allen said: “Jimmy Perry is a Goliath of British comedy writing. He was behind some of the longest running and most loved sitcoms on British television spanning the 60s, 70s and 80s. His work will be enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come.”
Actress Vicki Michelle took to twitter to pay her respects.
— Vicki Michelle (@vickimichelle) October 23, 2016
Ian Lavender(Private Pike in Dad’s Army), said “It is certainly the end of an era, and of course brings back many wonderful memories, lots of good times together with much shared laughter. I will miss him being here.”
Here is one of the most memorable scenes from Dad’s Army.