Clive Dunn OBE


Born:
9th of January 1920, as Robert Bertram Dunn, at Brixton Road, London

Died: 6th of November 2012, in the Algarve, Portugal aged 92

Parents: Son of Robert Dunn (Bobby Dunn, comedian/baritone) and Connie Clive (comedienne); Grandson of Frank Lynne (Music Hall comedian, Connie’s father) and cousin of Gretchen Franklin (actress)

Married: Clive has had two wives:
- Patricia Kenyon (model): (Marriage dissolved);
- Priscilla Morgan (actress, known as Cilla): 1959 - present day

Children: Daughters, Polly (Restaurateur) and Jessica (Artist)
Grandchild: Jessica’s daughter Alice, born 1996

Books by Clive Dunn:
Permission To Speak (Century Hutchison, 1986, autobiography)
Permission To Laugh (1996, jokes and funny stories)

Acknowledgements:Acknowledgments: Top Of The Pops No 1 Hit Record (with Grandad, 9 January 1971, for 3 weeks): This Is Your Life tribute in 1971
O.B.E. appointed 1974


 
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TV Credits_____Radio Credits_____Film Credits_____Stage Credits______Other Work

 

Clive Dunn's Television Career

Television Show    Role Notes Date


1940's______1950's______1960's______1970's______1980's______1990's______2000's


Funny Thing This Wireless
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Funny Thing This Wireless

Various  
_
Various

one-off live sketch show paying tribute to 25 years of
wireless in the UK.
the same show as above but re-performed

BBC 

BBC

15 Nov 1947
_
13 Dec 1947

Friday Funny Man
_   
The Railway Children
Clive Dunn
Happy Holidays
_   
Rumpus Point 
_   
New Faces
Bucket And Spades   
The Tony Hancock Show
_
The Gypsy Thief
The Railway Children
Treasure Island  
_
Clive Dunn
Studio E
_
Rooftop Rendezvous  
After Hours  
_
Mrs Dot
A Sparrow on Fleet Street  
The Dickie Henderson Half-Hour 
The Dickie Henderson Half-Hour

The Caravan    
_
Escapers Club 
himself 
_
District Supervisor
Cousin Crumpet
Mr Grimble
_
Supporting Cast 
  
himself 
_
various
_
The Butler 
District Supervisor
Ben Gunn
_
himself  
Charlie Quick
_
_
Various roles
_
Charles
Spiv and Waiter
Various roles
Various roles

Mr. Crumpet
_
_
a one-off five minute children’s sketch in which he sang
‘The Galloping Major’ with his own lyrics
episode 'Saviour of the Train'
Clive’s own sketch show for children. One-off episode
six-part children’s sitcom with John Le Mesurier and
Hattie Jacques
children’s sketch show (13 episodes)
_   
variety show
children’s variety show
sketch show, six episodes, Clive was a main cast
member in varying roles including some as old men
A musical story of old Austria
episode 'Saviour of the Train'
seven part TV serial 
_
one-off episode of sketches for children
a children’s sitcom 'The Adventures Of Charlie Quick'
of six 10 minute episodes in this magazine show
_
main cast member, sketch show starring Michael 
Bentine and Dick Emery. 28 episodes were made
in the "ITV Play of the Week" series, drama
90 minute musical play
Sketch show, episode 1 in Series 2
Sketch show, episode 1 in Series 2
regular self-written comedy role in fortnightly kids magazine show, as an old man
drama series about prisoner of war camps  
BBC
_

BBC 
BBC
_
ITV  
_   
ATV  
BBC 
AR 
_
BBC 
BBC
BBC

BBC
BBC
_
ABC   
ABC 
_
ITV
BBC
ITV 
ITV
BBC   
_
AR
22 Sep 1950
_
24 July 1951
28 Jan 1954
10 Jul 1954
- 18 Sep 1954
28 Sep 1955
- 21 Dec 1955
1956
1956
27 Apr 1956
to 25 Jan 1957
31 Dec 1956
31 Mar 1957
29 Sep 1957
- 8 Nov 1959
25 Oct 1957
11 Nov 1957
- 16 Dec 1957
1957?
5 Oct 1958
- 19 Dec 1959
10 Dec 1958
30 Mar 1959
4 May 1959
11 May 1969
1 Jul 1959
- 9 Sep 1959
late 1950s

BBC Children’s Caravan    
Hancock’s Half Hour 
No Hiding Place

It’s A Square World 
Bootsie And Snudge
 

It’s A Square World  
It’s A Square World  
It’s A Square World  
Comedy Bandbox 
It's A Square World
HMS Paradise
It’s A Square World 
It’s A Square World  
It’s A Square World  
It’s A Square World  
The Frankie Vaughn Show
No Hiding Place

Jim and the Night and the Music 
Judgement Day For Elijah Jones
The Son
Blackmail
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Gentleman Jim
Orlando
The Avengers 
Heirs On A Shoestring
Once More With Felix 
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber  
The World Of Beachcomber

Dad’s Army
_
According To Dora 
_
The Jimmy Logan Show
Inside George Webley
_
The Ugliest Girl In Town
Christmas Night With The Stars
The Coward Revue   
Christmas Night With The Stars  

Mr Crumpet
Ginger Johnson 
Holmes
Various Roles
‘Old’  Johnson   
_

Various roles
Various roles
Various roles
himself 
Various roles
Tugboat Captain
Various roles
Various roles
Various roles
Various roles
himself 
Cyril Fernn
himself
Elijah Jones
Monsieur Saminet
_
Dai McClavish
Dai McClavish
Dai McClavish
Jim Bules
Dai McClavish
Mr Martin
Uncle Charles
himself 
Mr Cocklecarrot 
Various
Various
Various
Various
Various
Various
Various
Various
L/Cpl Jack Jones
_
Various roles 
_
Guest
unknown
_
Janitor
L/Cpl Jack Jones
L/Cpl Jack Jones 
L/Cpl Jack Jones

same character as that in Clive Dunn in 1954 
episode ‘The Reunion Party’ 
episode 'Two Time Loser'
semi-regular cast member in sketch show, pilot
comedy, as old soldier Henry Beerbohm Johnson, Clive
appeared in over 90 episodes
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
stand-up comedy
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
episode 1 ‘Captain Art Thou Sleeping There Above?
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
semi-regular cast member in sketch show
variety show, as guest
episode 'Run Johnny Run'
one-off standup show with Jimmy Edwards 
one-off Comedy Playhouse adapted from radio
one off drama
episode 'The Man Who Could See'
episode 'Orlando and the Frightened Clown'
episode 'Clown on a Bike'
episode 'Send For Fred Pinwaid'
comedy with Jimmy Edwards
episode 'Curtain Up'
episode ‘Something Nasty In The Nursery’
Comedy Playhouse as Jimmy Edwards’ uncle  
variety show, as guest 
sketch show based on comic strip by J.B. Morton 
as above
as above
as above
as above
as above
as above
as above
as above
starring role in the hit comedy series (80 episodes)
_
support act to comedienne Dora Bryan in sketch show
(15 episodes were made)    

appeared in at least one episode in this comedy
starring Roy Kinnear and Patsy Rowlands
episode 'Popped Star'
Dad’s Army sketch 
70th birthday tribute to Noel Coward
Dad’s Army Sketch ‘Resisting The Aggressor” 

BBC 
BBC
AR
BBC
Granada

BBC 
BBC
BBC
ABC
BBC
AR
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC
ATV 
AR
BBC
BBC
BBC
AR
AR
AR
AR
ABC
AR
ABC
BBC 
BBC2  
BBC2  
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC

BBC
BBC
_
BBC 
_
BBC2
YTV
_
ABC US
BBC
BBC
BBC

1960?
25 Mar 1960
16 Sep 1960
16 Sep 1960
23 Sep 1960
- 30 May 1963
26 Apr 1961
10 May 1961
31 May 1961
14 Nov 1963
23 Nov 1963
16 July 1964
4 Oct 1964
25 Oct 1964
15 Nov 1964
13 Dec 1964
4 Sept 1965
15 Dec 1965
18 Jan 1966
7 June 1966
21 Aug 1966
5 Dec 1966
17 Jan 1967
31 Jan 1967
14 Feb 1967
19 Feb 1967
21 Feb 1967
22 Apr 1967
9 June 1967
10 Feb 1968
12 Feb 1968
19 Feb 1968
26 Feb 1968
4 Mar 1968
11 Mar 1968
18 Mar 1968
25 Mar 1968
1 Apr 1968
8 Apr 1968
31 July 1968
- 13 Nov 1977
23 July 1968
- 13 June 1969
9 Mar 1969
24 Sep 1968
-25 Mar 1970
5 Dec 1968
25 Dec 1968
27 Nov 1969
25 Dec 1969

Call My Bluff
Call My Bluff
The Joker’s Wild  
The Joker’s Wild 
The Joker’s Wild 
Ben Travers Farces  
_  
This Is Your Life Ronnie Corbett
Royal Television Gala
__Performance
Golden Shot  
Here Come The Double
__ Deckers 
Christmas Night With The Stars  
The Dickie Henderson Show 
Top Of The Pops
The Joker’s Wild  
The Joker’s Wild  
The Joker’s Wild  
_
The Cilla Black Show  
Call My Bluff
This Is Your Life Clive Dunn 
Personal Cinema
An Hour With Clive Dunn  
By, With and From Bentine
From The Talk Of The Town  
The Movie Quiz
Bob Monkhouse Comedy Hour
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild

The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
Christmas Night With The Stars
Full House
Out Of The Box  
Talkback
The Basil Brush Show    
Junkin
The Generation Game
So You Think You're A Good
__ Driver?

The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
BBC News 
Play School  
My Old Man
_
The Royal Variety Performance
Arnold Ridley This Is Your Life
Pelican Crossings   
Multi Coloured Swap Shop  
You Can’t Be Serious 
3, 2, 1 
Grandad 

_

himself
himself
himself
himself
himself
Nicholas Ramsbottom
himself 
L/Cpl Jack Jones
_
himself 
Hodge 
_
L/Cpl Jack Jones
himself 
himself  
himself
himself
himself
_
himself?
himself
himself
??
himself 
himself 


himself? Jones? 
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself

himself
himself
himself

L/Cpl Jack Jones
??
himself?
himself? Jones?
himself
himself  
L/Cpl Jones?
Old Man
_
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself

himself
himself
himself

himself as old man 
himself as guest
Sam Cobbett
_
L/Cpl Jack Jones
himself 
L/Cpl Jack Jones
himself/ Jones?
himself  
Old Man 
Charlie Quick
_

as contestant  celebrity game show    
as contestant  celebrity game show  
panelist on gameshow, series 2, episode 1
panelist on gameshow, series 2, episode 11
panelist on gameshow, series 2, episode 22
episode ‘A Cup Of Kindness’ with Arthur Lowe 
_
paying tribute to his friend Ronnie Corbett
in Dad’s Army sketch “Guarding Buckingham Palace” recorded 13 May 1970
singing his hit song ‘Grandad’ on game show 
episode 5 ‘Happy Haunting’ 
_
in Dad’s Army sketch ‘The Cornish Floral Dance’  
singing his hit single Grandad
singing No 1 hit Grandad 
panelist on gameshow, series 3, episode 1   
panelist on gameshow, series 3, episode 4    
panelist on gameshow, series 3, episodes 7 to 13 
_
guest on variety show
appearing on the gameshow 
tribute show to Clive’s life and work
??
extensive interview plus Dad’s Army episode 13
supporting Michael Bentine in stand-up comedy


comedy show, as guest. 7.1 million viewers 
panelist on gameshow, series 4, episode 3
panelist on gameshow, series 4, episode 6
panelist on gameshow, series 4, episode 7 
panelist on gameshow, series 4, episode 10 
panelist on gameshow, series 4, episode 11  
panelist on gameshow, series 5, episode 1  
panelist on gameshow, series 5, episode 3
panelist on gameshow, series 5, episode 4
panelist on gameshow, series 5, episode 5
Dad’s Army sketch “Broadcast To The Empire” 
episode 'Countdown'
probably a BBC 50th Anniversary game show  
a viewer’s complaint programme
appearing on children’s show with puppet fox 
singing Grandad on John Junkin’s show 

guest spot on Bruce Forsythe’s gameshow 
drove a minibus as an old man 
_
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 4 
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 5 
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 15
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 18
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 19 
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 21 
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 23
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 24
panelist on gameshow, series 6, episode 27  
promoting National Egg Week
reading ‘The Hands That Wouldn’t Work’, kid's show
starring role in the series of 13 episodes, which also
starred Clive’s wife Cilla as his daughter
in Dad’s Army sketch ‘Choir Practise’
as guest paying tribute to friend Arnold Ridley
two short public information films
Children’s show, with John Le Mesurier  
guest in episode of this children’s variety show
episode 1, game show which featured comedy routines
22 episodes, children’s sitcom as ‘Grandad’ Quick,
caretaker of Parkhurst Rehearsal Hall. 

BBC
BBC
YTV 
YTV 
YTV 
BBC 
_
Thames
BBC
_
ATV
ABC-TV
_
BBC
LWT
BBC
YTV  
YTV  
YTV  
_
BBC1
BBC
Thames
BBC
BBC
BBC  
BBC
BBC  
Thames 
YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV

YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV
BBC
BBC
BBC 
BBC
BBC 
STV

BBC 
BBC
_
YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV

YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV
YTV
BBC
BBC
YTV
_
ITV
Thames
??
BBC  
Thames 
YTV  
BBC
_

18 Jan 1970
25 Jan 1970
30 Mar 1970
17 June 1970
2 Sep 1970
10 Oct 1970
_
1 Apr 1970
24 May 1970
_
13 Dec 1970
10 Oct 1970
_
25 Dec 1970
1971
January 1971
19 May 1971
9 June 1971
30 June 1971
- 11 Aug 1971
11 Dec 1971
1971
24 Mar 1971
July 1971
18 Aug 1971
24 Sep 1971
Nov 1971
 Nov 1971
19 Apr 1972
31 May 1972
21 June 1972
28 June 1972
19 July 1972
26 July 1972
19 Oct 1972
2 Nov 1972
? Nov 1972
23 Nov 1972
25 Dec 1972
1972
1972
1972
1972
2 Feb 1973

13 Oct 1973
April 1973
_
14 June 1973
20 June 1973
19 Nov 1973
10 Dec 1973
17 Dec 1973
31 Dec 1973
14 Jan 1974
21 Jan 1972
11 Feb 1974
1974
7 Mar 1974
3 May 1974
- 23 Apr 1975
16 Nov1975
10 Mar1976
rec 23 Dec 1976
15 Oct 1977
1978
Sep 1978
3 Oct 1979 
- 1 Feb 1984

The Good Old Days    
Much Ado About Nothing 
Jim Davison’s Special  
Wogan
Daytime Live
himself?
Verges 
L/Cpl Jack Jones
himself 
himself 
Music Hall variety show
BBC Television Shakespeare genre     
sketch with Bill Pertwee etc
interview marking 20 years of Dad’s Army 
interview marking 21 years of Dad’s Army 
BBC1  
BBC   
Thames
BBC
BBC 
16 July 1981
22 Dec 1984
6 June 1984  
1 Aug 1988
24 Oct 1989
Noel’s House Party
Croft and Perry The Sitcoms
David Croft This Is Your Life
Smilie’s People   
ITV News 
This Morning
Top Ten Worst Records   
ITV News  
ITV News - Worst Song News  
GMTV 
Bill Pertwee This Is Your Life
Arthur Lowe, A Life On The Box
Laughter In The House
L/Cpl Jack Jones
himself   
himself  
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself
himself

himself
himself
himself

himself
as Jones at the door
Omnibus documentary on Croft and Perry sitcoms   
as guest, paying tribute to David Croft OBE
interviewed by Carol Smilie
Dad’s Army’s 30th reunion, at IWM 
interviewed by phone from Portugal
about his song ‘Grandad’, made by Chrysalis TV
at a plaque unveiling to comedians     
just the video clip? About ‘Grandad’      
talking about lost episodes of Dad’s Army 
as guest paying tribute to Bill Pertwee
interviewed about co-star Arthur Lowe   
interviewed about Dad’s Army
BBC
BBC
BBC
BBC
ITV
ITV
C4
ITV
ITV
BBC 
BBC
BBC
BBC
27 Nov 1993
18 Apr 1995
20 Dec 1995
1996
31 Jul 1998
7 Oct 1997
1998
10 May 1998
12 Aug 1998
9 Oct 1998
1 Feb 1999
21 Feb 1999
24 Mar 1999
This Is Your Life – The Night Of  
__1000 Lives
audience member
_
tribute to many TIYL recipients over the years
_
BBC 
15 Jan 2000
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