Dad's Army first screened on British television on the 31st of July 1968 , and on the 25th of March 1970 it first hit New Zealand television screens when it began to air on the NZBC network. New Zealand 's close ties to Britain and our understanding of the wartime situation (NZ had its own Home Guard) meant that like in Britain , Dad's Army would instantly become a huge hit with Kiwi audiences too.
There are many websites that explain what Dad's Army was about, so I won't go into great depth because chances are if you've surfed to my website you'll already know the series anyway. Suffice to say this fine comedy revolves around the exploits of a platoon of Home Guard members from the seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, Kent, from 1940 till about 1943, as they attempt to defend their island from Hitler's threatened invasion force.
The story and setting are superb, and most of the characters and events are loosely based upon truth. But it is also accurate to say that this series is one of the best written comedies of all time. It includes all the forms of comedy melted into one rich tapestry that so faithfully reflects real life, there are few people who cannot get a good laugh from it. Thus it remains timeless.
Furthermore the ensemble cast, with the core of seven Home Guards ably assisted and supported by the rest of the platoon, and those who seek to bring their world down - be it the ARP Warden, the clergy, Mrs Pike or Hitler, work so well together there has never been such a cast seen before or since that was this perfect.
In Britain , New Zealand and many other countries the series is today considered by many as the finest example of British television comedy ever produced.