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Book Review: Dad's Army - The Story of a Classic Television Show, by Graham McCann
The first chapter, reasonably enough, reviews in brief what actually happened between 1940 and 1943, in terms of the Local Defence Volunteers (which Churchill renamed to Home Guard a few months later). The rest of the book jumps to 1967, when Jimmy Perry got his idea whilst walking through St James' Park triggered a wartime reminiscence. The description of the preparation goes into some interesting details (for example, the BBC management weren't all that keen on Arthur Lowe, and the part of Mainwaring almost went to Jon Pertwee) but for the most part the material covered is much the same as Victoria Wood's documentary Don't Panic!. The book also touches on the (relatively unhappy) film spin-off and (apparently better) stage show, and the decision to end the TV show, although various plans for further spin-offs and sequels were only curtailed by the deaths of members of the cast.
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