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Posted: 27 Sep 11 13:51
Just heard the very sad news that David Croft has passed away aged 89.

One of the most brilliant writers. A genius.

Thankfully his legacy will live on forever through his works.

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Posted: 27 Sep 11 14:28






Well said Mark..

David Croft has made a gigantic contribution to classic British comedy..

It'll live on for decades and possibly centuries..

Sadly departed pal of mine was a regular in It Ain't Half Hot Ma...

Ken'll be lookin' after Crofty right now... no prob..

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Posted: 27 Sep 11 17:02
Well worth highlighting Mark.

Hi-di-Hi, 'Allo 'Allo, Frankie Howerd, Benny Hill, Mrs Slocombe's pussy and 'Good Moaning'... as writer and director / producer the guy was key to a long strand of a particular brand of British humour - unthreatening, cosy - yes - but funny. And an inheritor of Music Hall traditions.

Without doubt, his work with Jimmy Perry on the classic 'Dad's Army' will live on in repeats ad infinitum.

[Yup, even beyond 'Dave' and 'TV Gold']

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Posted: 27 Sep 11 17:30
Very sad, thanks for letting me know.
A brilliant man.




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Posted: 27 Sep 11 17:30
I agree with everthing said here.

Never knew the man, but it's sad to lose somebody who brought deep and lasting joy to so many.

RIP.

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Posted: 28 Sep 11 11:11 - Edited By: Lynton, 28 Sep 11 11:12
Listen very carefully ah weel sey zis only once - The loss of a comedy writer is a sad thing. However David Croft is an example of what we were talking about recently - collaborative writing. Although Croft had some success before those shows for which he became a household name it was limited.

David Croft wrote with Jimmy Perry (Dad's Army, It ain't half hot etc)

Jeremy Lloyd (Are you being served, Allo Allo)

Jimmy Spendlove (Oh Doctor Beeching)

He also wrote scores and songs with Cyril Ornadel.

He was a successful producer and director too and had a hand in some of the early comedies I remember such as 'Hugh and I' with Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd.

You will notice two things

1. His name always came last in the pairing

2. He and his partners knew that every character in a show had to have a catchphrase - and by golly how many of those do we remember? 'I'm free' 'Don't panic' 'Stupid boy' and many more.

Remember that when we write and we won't do too badly.

Catchphrases fix the shows and characters in the mind of the public. This was lampooned by Ricky Gervais in the 'Extras' series, however, I wonder whether Gervais and Merchant will be as successful as David Croft and his partners. I doubt it nor can I remember any memorable dialogue from that show or the office.

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Posted: 28 Sep 11 13:24
I must also mention 'You Rang M'Lord'. It wasn't as popular with the public as the others, but for me it was brilliantly funny. My mum (sadly now gone) would be in tears of laughter especially at the character 'Mable' ('That'll be nice';'Oooh, I can't remember the last time I had...' bread and dripping or whatever). The final series isn't free on the internet yet, but the others are. Take a butchers when you have some time to spare. Thank you Mr Croft. RIP.

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Posted: 28 Sep 11 21:05
Yep Paul Shane was good in all the shows he did and I don't think I mentioned Hi de Hi either.

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Posted: 29 Sep 11 20:50
I liked Allo Allo. I remember watching it in the TV room of my halls of residence with a German friend in the mid 90s. We tried really hard to change the channel when it came on because we thought she'd find it offensive. But she loved it.

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Posted: 29 Sep 11 21:10 - Edited By: Katarina Frogpond2, 29 Sep 11 21:11
90s student memories. Father Ted, Oasis/Blur war, having to make a choice between three more drinks or a taxi home. Never choosing the latter.

In honour of all this Nostalgia, I've just downloaded the best of Moby, some REM, and a couple of Jarvis tracks on itunes. Hurrah.

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Posted: 29 Sep 11 21:17 - Edited By: Katarina Frogpond2, 29 Sep 11 21:18
"However David Croft is an example of what we were talking about recently - collaborative writing." By Lynton.

I like that idea.

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Posted: 30 Sep 11 18:12
'Allo Allo', 'Hi De Hi', 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum', 'You Rang, M'Lord?' 'Oh, Doctor Beeching!' and the virtuosic, legendary 'Dad's Army' that he wrote or co-wrote, spring to mind immediately.
A literary and comic Genius!

God rest.


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