UKTV is to broadcast a retrospective series looking back at the popular BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.
“On Gold, we’re carving out a growing and unique vein of high quality retrospectives. Dad’s Army is one of Britain’s best loved comedies and has been missing from our collection for too long. So, I’m very pleased that Alexander Armstrong has agreed to lead us through this revealing story, sharing fascinating archive that the talented team at Mercury Productions have uncovered. It will be a fitting tribute to help mark Dad’s Army’s 50th anniversary.” – Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, UKTV
Saluting Dad’s Army will air across four episodes, each in an hour-long slot, as UKTV network Gold celebrates the 50th anniversary of the much-loved series. The production will celebrate the genius and impact of the enduring classic and pays tribute to the people who created it. Presented by Alexander Armstrong, the series will cover the colourful history of Dad’s Army, from the very first conversation and the true stories that inspired the series, through to its long-standing legacy.
Using archive footage and newly captured interviews, the series will offer a true insight into how the wartime based sitcom became not just a hit, but an institution.
“I’m thrilled to be involved in marking the 50th anniversary of the phenomenon that is Dad’s Army. I’ve spent a lifetime enjoying the brilliance of Jimmy Perry, David Croft and the extraordinary cast. Now I get to explore everything from the birth of the show to its wonderful legacy and aim to bring fans new insights into the show we all loved so much.” – Alexander Armstrong
To coincide with the 50th anniversary Gold aired the first ever episode of Dad’s Army at 8.20pm on July 31st – exactly five decades on from that very first screening. Remaining episodes from the first series are also being broadcast throughout the rest of this week.
Saluting Dad’s Army joins other fascinating retrospective series for 2018, including dinnerladies diaries and How The Young Ones Changed Comedy. Gold continues to commission programming from and about the best of British comedy, with last year’s UKTV Original Murder on the Blackpool Express being the channel’s highest-ever rating show. A second series, set in the North East, will see Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson return in Death on the Tyne.
Saluting Dad’s Army will air on Gold later this year.
“Dad’s Army is a true favourite for Gold viewers and one that has stood the test of time. We can’t wait to delve into its history in this retrospective series and find out more about the show that is very dear to our hearts.” – Gerald Casey, Gold channel director