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AYBS? Writer David Croft Has Died


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David Croft, co-writer and producer of classic comedies including

'Allo 'Allo and Hi-de-Hi has died at the age of 89, his family has




He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Portugal. His family

called him a "truly great man" in a statement.



Croft's military sitcoms It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Dad's Army, written

with Jimmy Perry, were hits in the 1970s.



He is also credited with Are You Being Served and its 1990s spin-off

Grace and Favour.



Croft, who was awarded an OBE in 1978 for services to television,

worked alongside Jeremy Lloyd on both the department store sitcom and

'Allo 'Allo, which was set in Nazi-occupied France.



All of his hits were produced for the BBC, the last being Oh Doctor

Beeching in 1993 before he retired from the corporation.



A decade later, Croft was honoured with a lifetime achievement award

at the British Comedy Awards.



Croft was born as David John Sharland to stage actress Annie Croft and

Reginald Sharland, a successful Hollywood radio actor.



He enlisted in the army during World War II, which was to provide some

of his later comic inspiration for Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot




Dad's Army was the first of his series to come to TV screens, in 1968,

and marked the start of his fruitful and long-lived comic partnership

with Jimmy Perry.



He also wrote scripts for numerous well-loved pantomimes during this

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