Yesterday we learned of another comedy great to join the ever increasing list of people to have died this year: comedy writer Jimmy Perry.
Perry will be best known for his work with David Croft, and their sitcoms are still regularly repeated. Dad’s Army is normally repeated on BBC Two on Saturdays, and for the past few weeks there have been daytime repeats of Hi-de-Hi!, set in a holiday camp between 1959-60. Like most of his work, it was inspired by Perry’s own experiences, as he was once a Butlin’s red coat.
With the tragic news of Perry’s passing, it may be worth a look again at Hi-de-Hi!, as well as re-examining his other offerings such as You Rang M’Lord? and the now controversial It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, which today is now considered politically incorrect but Perry always considered his favourite.
Hi-de-Hi! is on BBC Two on weekdays at 13.45.