I recently discovered quite a few Dad's Army related newspaper articles and clipping. I'll post some of the more interesting or unusual articles in this thread. They are from the late 60's, 70's and early 80's.
Daily Mirror 30th October 1969
Arthur Lowe talks about Mr Swindley and Dad's Army.
Post by Andy Howells on Feb 21, 2010 3:31:49 GMT 12
Thanks for sharing these Katie!
I've collected quite a lot of articles over the years, though its always good to see some originals from when the show was on the air! I still have many to add to my website as I have a newspaper archive on there which features many transcriptions.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 23, 2010 9:06:48 GMT 12
Chris Leather of the DAAS runs/ran a huge newspaper archive where members all over the world sent in articles to him they found to collate them all together. He send me lots of copies when I ran the DAAS branch here.
That photo of Roy Hudd was taken during the premiere I believe, there was all sorts of odd stuff like that happening, and everyone who attended also got a HOME GUARD style armband to wear as their ticket. From memory it said DAD'S ARMY rather then Homew Guard
Post by Andy Howells on Feb 27, 2010 13:34:56 GMT 12
I actually bought quite a few of these from Chris via ebay several years ago - i think they were duplicates - I have some scanned in already so will post up on my newspaper archive when I get a moment over on my website. If anyone else has anything of interest all contributions would be appreciated!
You should see the fun and games the papers have with Arnold's and John Laurie's respective ages. At one point they a 14 months apart (Arnold the elder, and this is correct), while at others the gap in ages is 5 years. Within weeks John goes from 78 to 80 and Arnold from 80 to 83.
I don't think the newspapers were too good with numbers!
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2020 22:39:30 GMT 12 by Alan Hayes
Furthermore on ages of actors, on 14th February 1976 the Newcastle Evening Chronicle wished Coronation Street actor Jack Howarth a happy 80th birthday (five days early), and noted that he would be the oldest actor working regularly in television were it not for Dad's Army (whose oldest cast member was Arnold Ridley, born a month earlier than Howarth, on 7th January 1896). The implication of the piece is that there were many members of the DA cast who were older than 80, which wasn't the case.
Of course, the journalist had overlooked another veteran actor then working regularly on British television, Jack Warner (born 24th October 1895), who was the oldest policeman on the beat as Dixon of Dock Green. The series finally drew to a close in May 1976, at which point Arnold really did assume the mantle of the oldest actor working regularly on British TV until his final appearance in Dad's Army, transmitted on 13th November 1977.