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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

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An early sitcom's "straight man"

Comedy writer David Croft has sadly passed away at the age of 89. He was a veteran of the 1970s sitcoms Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum, for which he was decorated and gained widespread fame. Later in his career he also served in 'Allo 'Allo, another wartime comedy.

With his passing, there remains only one surviving actor from the sitcom Dad's Army - the boy Pike. Pike lied about his age in 1968 in order to join up.

Comedians from around the world came together to salute the distinguished Croft. "We will never forget the sacrifice they made," said Lenny Henry. "Many young men gave their lives producing those early sitcoms."

Prime Minister David Cameron will later lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown clown. Then there will be a minute's silence to remember all victims of comedy, past and present.

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