They do ‘like it up ’em’
Dad’s Army and myths of Old England
in Popular television drama
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Dad's Army, first aired in 1968, was the first comedy series to be set in the Second World War. This chapter comments on the form and content of Dad's Army and their interrelationship. In respect of historical authenticity Dad's Army understandably avoids the aspects of Home Guard experience which would defeat laughter. In production, Dad's Army was treated as a costume drama shot partly in the studio but substantially on locations near Thetford, East Anglia, particularly in the town and on Stanford, a nearby Military Training Area. The experience of contemporary life in a socially fragmented Britain, under a right-leaning 'New Labour' government, may be different. But it seems that Dad's Army brings out not so much nostalgia as a myth of Old England.

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