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About Dad’s Army and its links to Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:55 18 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 18 March 2017

Filming for the original Dad's Army series in South Norfolk. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Filming for the original Dad's Army series in South Norfolk. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Set in the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea, Dad’s Army was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

The original nine series ran on the BBC from 1968 to 1977.

More than 80 episodes made about a group of men who set up what would later become the Home Guard during the Second World War and their hilarious attempts to protect the country.

Most characters, such as Captain Mainwaring played by Arthur Lowe and Sgt Arthur Wilson, played by John Le Mesurier, had fought in the First World War – although Pike, played by Ian Lavender, was a 17-year-old too young to enlist in the Army.

Many scenes were filmed around the Thetford area, including at nearby Lynford Hall, Brandon Station and Elveden Tower, as well as across other parts of Norfolk including Oxburgh Hall, near Swaffham.

The sitcom later spawned a film, stage show and radio series before being revived for the silver screen in 2016.


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