Post by Andy Howells on Aug 12, 2018 21:15:34 GMT 12
Having seen Dave's link for Clive's eulogy on the BBC Radio 4 obituary programme Last Word, I went off to search for Bill's and here it is, with contributions from Bill's son Jon and writer, Matthew Sweet, not forgetting a few archive clips of Bill himself.
Post by David Somen on Nov 7, 2018 22:27:05 GMT 12
I watched a facinating documentary this morning. I think I'll see Hodges and his men in a new light from now on...
Home Front Heroes season 1 x episode 3
Series commemorating the ways in which ordinary men and women played a vital part in Britain's wartime victory. Tanni Grey-Thompson sets out to solve the mystery of her grandfather William's role in WWII. As she discovers how his job as an air warden would have brought him face to face with bombs and fires, she tries out firefighting for herself, finds out what conditions were like for families in air-raid shelters, and is overwhelmed by a meeting with Welsh entertainer Wyn Calvin who was a warden in Cardiff.
Hi all, I only have one Dad’s Army book - ”The best of British Comedy: Dad’s Army” by Richard Webber. There are a lot of quotes by the people involved in the show. On page 90 in my copy (2008) there is a quote about Bill Pertwee from David Croft:
”I used Bill Pertwee alot in my shows. He’s a very strong actor and could push people around very well. He was a great enthusiast, too, and was good to have in the company - he cheered everybody up. He was the one who went around and said: ’Isn’t it going marvellously?’”
Not an easy question to answer, but how should one interpret this? That Bill was a sort of ”dynamo” on set? That he brought a lot of energy to the project?
My experience is that a workplace - any kind of workplace - needs different kinds of people to be succesful. I guess a film set is no different😊.
In my experience he was a lovely man, from the handful of times I had the good fortune to meet him. I guess what David Croft meant was that Bill was good to have around because he was good at keeping spirits up and motivating people - as you say petere, he would have been the sort to bring energy to a show (something that was no doubt vital in Dad's Army where much of the cast were in or approaching old age).
Post by Andy Howells on Mar 10, 2019 5:27:00 GMT 12
I think that was Bill's nature. I remember someone saying that the Dad's Army Appreciation Society grew in strength when Bill got involved as he encouraged guests to come to events and would always happily talk to people and muck in to get the job done. My enduring memory of arriving at the Oval 30th anniversary event was been greeted along with other fans at the gate entrance by Bill Pertwee, something I just didn't expect! A lovely guy, I also interviewed Jimmy Cricket some years back and we discussed Bill as he had worked with him on his radio series and he had nothing but good things to say about him.
I've just ordered the DAAS' DVD of the Oval event from their members' lending library. Looking forward to having my memory refreshed concerning the day's events. (Or having my memory refreshed about anything, it's so awful these days!)
I remember someone saying that the Dad's Army Appreciation Society grew in strength when Bill got involved
Bill actually was responsible for the DAAS as we know it. Originally it was started by a fan called David Lovering who'd been in touch with Bill and I believe Bill had encouraged him from the beginning to create the DAAS This was at the very same time that I first made contact with Bill as I wrote to him to get a copy of his book that was about to come out (Jimmy Perry had tipped me off about that). Bill wrote back and in his letter encouraged me to join the new DAAS. I wrte to David Lovering and he replied saying I was the first ever member, which was nice.
However David put out one magazine and then he had to quit as he got married and was curtailed apparently. Bill was very sad about that and it was only in 1993 when Tadge Muldoon got some publicity about his own love of the series that Bill suggested to him that he reinstate the DAAS, and together they went from there. And when Tadge died, Bill also selected Jack Wheeler to replace him. So Bill was a big part of the DAAS right from the begininng.
Alan, the film has recently been put up on Youtube by Tony Pritchard. It was fun seeing it again.
I just visited the DAAS website and there was a posting saying that they have now launched a youtube channel of their own. In the future you will be able to see videos of events and interviews and so on.
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”