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Dedicated fans will already know the more surprising titbits in this look at the genesis of Dad's Army, such as the fact that BBC bosses originally wanted John Le Mesurier to play the captain and Arthur Lowe to play his sergeant; or that in Jimmy Perry's original script it was called The Fighting Tigers; or that Arnold Ridley had been a successful playwright in the 1920s. Even so, it doesn't hurt to hear it all again. Equally eyebrow-raising is the fact that the series was far from an instant success; and some at the BBC were anxious the show was "taking the mickey out of England's finest hour". Not much light is shed on how they managed to assemble such a miracle cast - at least as big an ingredient in the show's success as the sometimes, let's face it, patchy scripts. But those of the "magnificent seven" who survive are on hand to reminisce one more time.
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