David Croft

It Sticks Out Half a Mile
  • It Sticks Out Half a Mile

  • The complete series of the Dad’s Army spin-off starring John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee – plus the pilot episode starring Arthur Lowe

    Set in 1948, this radio sequel to the classic TV comedy Dad’s Army features several of the much-loved characters from the original series. Arthur Wilson (John Le Mesurier) is now managing a bank in Frambourne-on-Sea, and the pilot episode sees him visited by his old Captain, George Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), requesting a loan to save the town’s pier from demolition.

    Sadly, Lowe died shortly afterwards, but the series was revamped to feature Wilson, his clerk Pike (Ian Lavender), and ex-ARP Warden Bert Hodges (Bill Pertwee) as the man with the renovation plan. Can they restore Frambourne’s pier to its former glory?

    Collected together for the first time, the episodes included here are: Loyal Support (pilot), The Business Proposition, The Bank Loan, Who Owned the Pier?, Inspecting the Piles, Pike in Love, The Friends of Frambourne Pier, The First Meeting, Marooned, The Fancy Dress Parade, The Builder, War Damage, The Pin-Up Girl and Hidden Treasure.

    Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles, who adapted Dad’s Army for radio, the series also stars Vivienne Martin as Miss Perkins, with guest stars including Glynn Edwards, Hilda Braid, Christopher Biggins and Betty Marsden.

RELEASED 01/01/2098

Jimmy Perry was born in Barnes, London in 1924. Aged 16 during the Second World War, he joined the Home Guard and then served with the Royal Artillery as a sergeant, also setting up a concert party as entertainment for the troops. After the war he trained as an actor. His writing partnership with David Croft began in 1968, and between them they created such hit shows as Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M'Lord? David Croft was born in Poole, Dorset. He became a Major in the Second World War, serving in India. North Africa and Singapore. After the war he worked as an actor and then turned to writing. His involvement in television led to producing and directing. His numerous producer credits include Steptoe and Son and 'Til Death Us Do Part. As well as his partnership with Jimmy Perry, he developed Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo as a co-writer and producer with Jeremy Lloyd. He was awarded the OBE in 1978. He died in 2011.