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Friday, 31 July, 1998, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Dad's Army hits 30
Dad's Army cast
Even the Queen was a fan of Dad's Army
Surviving members of the cast of one of BBC television's most popular comedy programmes, Dad's Army, are getting together to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its first showing.

Three actors - Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn and Bill Pertwee - are to meet up with the show's writers, David Croft and Jimmy Perry, at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Dad's Army featured the exploits of a Home Guard platoon formed to protect the seaside village of Walmington-on-Sea from possible German attack during World War II.

The idea for the series came from writer Jimmy Perry who served as a 15-year-old in the Watford Home Guard.

Corporal Jones
His favourite battle cry was 'Don't panic! Don't panic!'
The strength of Dad's Army was the well-loved but flawed characters, each with their own catchlines.

Arthur Lowe as pompous Bank Manager Captain Mainwaring constantly called Ian Lavender's Private Pike a "stupid boy".

Scottish and morbid Private Fraser, played by Hugh Lawrie, said, "We're doomed, all doomed," whenever plans went awry.

The show ran for 80 episodes over nine years, with audiences of up to 20 million - repeats are still being shown.

The cast once had tea at Number 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

The show has been sold to more than 30 countries - but never to Germany.

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