Recently a picture was shared on facebook of (a part of) the Dads Army cast during location filming in the Anchor Hotel in Thetford. Pictured with them was the landlady of that hotel. The picture was very blurry but I love it and would love to have a better copy. The photographer was Simon Parker and the picture was published in an online 2019 article, I will put the link here. It's not the first photo but a few ones down. I mailed the press agency (Archant) and they had the picture in their digital archives but like in this article, its very blurry and has many scars. They tried to enhance it for me, but to no avail. They could not give me the contactdetails of the photographer since he left the Eastern Anglia Press for a while (perhaps retired?) I did find Simon Parker on LinkedIn but his account did not have any activity. Appareantly Mr Parker made more pictures in the region and who knows, more of Dads Army while there..but my question is: does the name Simon Parker ring a bell and perhaps someone has his mailing adress? I would love to know if he still has a negative of this particular picture. here is the link to the article: Thetford Anchor Hotel photo
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 16, 2021 16:50:15 GMT 12
Bill Pertwee’s book ‘Dad’s Army – The Making of a Television Legend’ was published for the first time by David & Charles Publishing in hardback on the 26th of October 1989.
It was republished by Foreland Films in paperback in June 1994.
It was then republished again in paperback by Pavillion Books, on the 17th of September 1997.
Then on the 31st of October 1997 "Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend 30th Anniversary Edition" by Bill Pertwee was released by Pavillion Books in hardcover. As Alan says this was an extended and revised version of the 1989 book. It's much bigger and has a lot more detail, and some more photos, but a few photos were removed as a result.
On the 17th September 1998 "Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend 30th Anniversary Edition" by Bill Pertwee was re-released by Pavilion Books in paperback. It was also apparently released sometime this same year by Bramley Books in paperback too.
In May 2000 another release in paperback of Dad’s Army: The Making of a Television Legend was released by Parkgate Books.
On the 7th of September 2009 a new edition was released.
And on the 3rd of November 2009 yet another edition was released.
So it was a very popular book to get so many printings, and by a number of different publishers. Bill also released the excellent audio version where he reads the book, which does not have any photos of course.
Post by Andy Howells on Jun 25, 2021 3:12:46 GMT 12
I have the original in paperback and the 30th anniversary edition. Both books were different in layout and in some cases picture content. The photo certainly appeared in earlier editions but may have been removed if the photographer hadnt been credited or requested it to be removed - sometimes its down to clearance as many of the photographs are intellectual property of the photographer or the company they worked for.