- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-6556-9
- Pages: 192
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £15.99
- Published Date: October 2004
- BIC Category: The arts / Television, Biography: Arts & Entertainment, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, Television, Film and Media
- Series: The Television Series
This book explores the collaborative sitcoms of two of British television's most well-known comedy writers. Written over a period of twenty-five years, the four series 'Dad's Army', 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum', 'Hi-de-Hi!' and 'You Rang M'Lord?' have endured as much-loved and often-repeated classics.
The book explores the themes of Perry and Croft's writing in terms of their own biography, and as articulations of British cultural and televisual history. Focusing on issues central to the concept of identity in British culture, class, gender, sexuality and race and analysing individual episodes and scenes in the four series, 'Jimmy Perry and David Croft' evaluates the contributions made by these two writers to the genre of situation comedy, and locates the programmes in the immediate contexts of their production.
Including new interview material from David Croft, this book will be invaluable to students and lecturers of television studies and cultural studies.
List of figures
1. Introducing the situation comedies of Jimmy Perry and David Croft
2. 'Dad's Army'
3. 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum'
5. You Rang, M'Lord?'
Simon Morgan-Russell is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Bowling Green State University