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Dad's Army The story of the Classic Television Show Paperback – 2001


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; paperback / softback edition (2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1841153095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841153094
  • ASIN: B002HIJY78
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,495,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Payne (lucyp@funky4.com) on 18 Oct 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was too young to watch Dad's Army the first time round,but I've been an avid fan of the repeats,and I've been waiting for a book as good as this to appear.It covers all the ground - the evolution of the show itself,the spin-off film,stage show and radio adaptations,the BBC scuffles,the relationships within the cast - and it draws on fresh interviews with the surviving figures associated with this wonderful sitcom.The author's research is incredibly thorough,and he writes really beautifully with a dry wit that sgt Wilson would have appreciated.If you want to know about the show,the era and the achievement,this,without doubt,is the book to get.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By bob@yahoo.com on 28 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book about the tv show explains how Jimmy Perry first thought up the idea of a sitcom about the Home Guard,and how he came to collaborate with director David Croft and the BBC to create one of the most effective and endearing tv programmes of the past 30 years.The author has clearly double-checked all of his facts(unlike the other writers who've produced books on this topic)and talked to all of the right people.I loved it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
I got hold of a copy of this book as soon as it came out, d the author's previous efforts on Cary Gant and Morecambe and Wise.I wasn't disappointed.He researches his books so diligently,and writes so well and so intelligently,they are a pleasure to read as well as a uniquely entertaining education.This latest book tells the riveting story of how a bright idea evolved into a classic television show.It captures an entire era in popular entertainment,and makes you love the show even more than you did before.As books on TV go,this,to borrow a phrase from the author,is a class apart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pask on 28 Mar 2014
Format: Paperback
This was a very enjoyable read and will be to anyone that is a fan of the show. There are interesting profiles on the main actors in the series, many of whom were similar to the character they portrayed. While detailing how the series came about and grew in popularity, the book also opens with a very interesting history of the Home Guard. This book is well worth reading, particularly for Dad's Army fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keiran McAllister on 12 Oct 2010
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I suppose being a Dad's Army fan helps. I found this book a very good read about a subject close to my heart. Well done Graham McCann.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book,then my father read it,then so did my grandfather,and we all enjoyed it enormously.That is the kind of book it is:like the show itself,it has a wonderfully broad appeal,working hard to entertain all without patronising any.I agree with the other reviewers:this is a delightful biography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ronai on 14 April 2013
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Absolutely brilliant and worth every penny! The development of the characters is outstanding and the humour is terrific. If you dn't have this already, buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arfa mo on 17 Sep 2011
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I bought this book for my wife (she just LOVES D/A) who has hardly put it down since her birthday the other week, so it must be a good read. It's a great companion to accompany all the other D/A cds i bought for her that she listens to. I read the reviews from other buyers before i decided to buy this book and i have to admit this swung it for me, thanks everyone.
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