Jimmy Perry, who created many of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms, died yesterday aged 93.
In a 25-year collaboration with David Croft, he devised enduring shows such as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and Hi-de-Hi!.
The pair based much of their comedy on their own experiences.
Perry, born in Barnes, South West London, in 1923, was too young to join the Army when the Second World War broke out.
Instead he served for two years in his local Home Guard and loosely based Dad’s Army’s scarf-wearing mummy’s boy Private Pike – played by Ian Lavender – on himself.
In 1941 he joined the Army and was sent to Burma, gaining experiences that would later inspire It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.
Subsequent experience working as a Butlin’s redcoat, to pay for his actor training at Rada, inspired him to create Hi-de-Hi!, set in a Fifties holiday camp.
From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s his shows were a fixture on the BBC. Loved for their quirky characters, memorable catchphrases and clean humour, they formed a key part of Saturday evening television for millions of families.