David Croft dies, aged 89

Natalie Woolman

Comedy writer David Croft, whose credits include Dad’s Army and ‘Allo ‘Allo, has died aged 89.

A statement on his website reads: “The family of comedy legend David Croft OBE are sad to report that David died peacefully in his sleep at his house in Portugal earlier today.

“He was a truly great man, who will be missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing and loving him. We know that he would have been proud that you had all been watching.”

Croft wrote Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi and You Rang, M’Lord? with his writing partner Jimmy Perry and later he teamed up with Jeremy Lloyd, producing and writing shows including Are You Being Served and ‘Allo ‘Allo.

He was given the OBE in 1978 for services to television and the Desmond Davies award in 1982 for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Stage.

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