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David Croft (I) (1922–2011)

David Croft was born on September 7, 1922 in Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, England as David John Sharland. He was a writer and producer, known for Dad's Army (1968), Hi-de-Hi! (1980) and Are You Being Served? (1972). He was married to Ann Croft. He died on September 27, 2011 in Tavira, Portugal. See full bio »

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(age 89) in Tavira, Portugal

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Dad's Army Writer
(1968-1977)
Hi-de-Hi! Writer
(1980-1988)
(1972-1985)
'Allo 'Allo Writer
(1982-1992)

Filmography

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 2019 Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes (TV Mini-Series) (Writer - 3 episodes)
- Under Fire (2019) ... (Writer)
- A Stripe for Frazer (2019) ... (Writer)
 2016 Are You Being Served? (TV Movie) (based on the original series by)
 2016 Dad's Army (based on characters created by)
 2016 Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated (Short) (written by)
 2008 Here Comes the Queen (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.0 (2008) ... (writer)
 2007 The Return of 'Allo 'Allo! (TV Movie documentary) (characters)
  Oh Doctor Beeching! (TV Series) (by - 20 episodes, 1995 - 1997) (screenplay - 10 episodes, 1996 - 1997) (script by - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1996)
- Ton Up (1997) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- A Pregnant Pause (1997) ... (by)
- Action Stations (1997) ... (by)
- A Bowl in the Hand (1997) ... (by)
- Love Is a Very Splendid Thing (1997) ... (by) / (screenplay)
 1997 Selection Box (TV Series) (Dad's Army created and written by - 1 episode)
- Dad's Army (1997) ... (Dad's Army created and written by)
 1994 Which Way to the War (TV Movie) (written by)
 1994 The Best of 'Allo 'Allo! (TV Movie) (characters)
  You Rang, M'Lord? (TV Series) (by - 26 episodes, 1988 - 1993) (screenplay - 26 episodes, 1988 - 1993)
- Well, There You Are Then...! (1993) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- Fall of the House of Meldrum (1993) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- The Truth Revealed (1993) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- Come to the Ball (1993) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- Requiem for a Parrot (1993) ... (by) / (screenplay)
 1992-1993 Are You Being Served? Again! (TV Series) (written by - 12 episodes)
- The Darts Match (1993) ... (written by)
- The Mongolians (1993) ... (written by)
- A Mummified Cat (1993) ... (written by)
- Mr. Slocombe (1993) ... (written by)
- The Cricket Match (1993) ... (written by)
  'Allo 'Allo (TV Series) (by - 85 episodes, 1982 - 1992) (script by - 59 episodes, 1982 - 1989)
- A Winkle in Time (1992) ... (by)
- A Fishy Sendoff (1992) ... (by)
- The Fishmonger Float (1992) ... (by)
- René Artois Is Still Dead (1992) ... (by)
- Missing and Presumed Dead (1992) ... (by)
 1989 A Night of Comic Relief 2 (TV Special) (uncredited)
  Hi-de-Hi! (TV Series) (creator - 58 episodes, 1980 - 1988) (by - 50 episodes, 1981 - 1988) (screenplay - 37 episodes, 1981 - 1985) (script - 31 episodes, 1980 - 1984) (script by - 21 episodes, 1984 - 1988)
- The Wind of Change (1988) ... (by) / (creator - uncredited) / (script by)
- Wedding Bells (1988) ... (by) / (creator - uncredited) / (script by)
- Let Them Eat Cake (1988) ... (by) / (creator - uncredited) / (script by)
- The Perils of Peggy (1988) ... (by) / (creator - uncredited) / (script by)
- Marry Go Round (1988) ... (by) / (creator - uncredited) / (script by)
  Are You Being Served? (TV Series) (by - 68 episodes, 1972 - 1985) (script by - 55 episodes, 1972 - 1981) (creator - 1 episode, 1979)
- The Pop Star (1985) ... (by)
- Friends and Neighbours (1985) ... (by)
- The Night Club (1985) ... (by)
- Gambling Fever (1985) ... (by)
- The Hold Up (1985) ... (by)
 1980-1981 Are You Being Served in Australia? (TV Series) (co-creator - 16 episodes)
- Your Figures Are Slipping (1981) ... (co-creator)
- Undesirable Alien (1981) ... (co-creator)
- His and Hers (1981) ... (co-creator)
- Heir Apparent (1981) ... (co-creator)
- Front Page Story (1981) ... (co-creator)
 1974-1981 It Ain't Half Hot Mum (TV Series) (written by - 56 episodes)
- The Last Roll Call (1981) ... (written by)
- The Long Road Home (1981) ... (written by)
- Never the Twain Shall Meet (1981) ... (written by)
- The Last Warrior (1981) ... (written by)
- Aquastars (1981) ... (written by)
 1980 Oh Happy Band (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Diplomatic Privilege (1980) ... (writer)
- Home Cure (1980) ... (writer)
- A Record to Be Proud of (1980) ... (writer)
- A Bird in the Bush (1980) ... (writer)
 1979 Beane's of Boston (TV Movie) (creator) / (written by)
 1977-1978 Come Back Mrs. Noah (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Last Chance (1978) ... (writer)
- The Housing Problem (1978) ... (writer)
- Who Goes Home? (1978) ... (writer)
- To the Rescue (1978) ... (writer)
- In Orbit (1978) ... (writer)
  Dad's Army (TV Series) (by - 77 episodes, 1968 - 1977) (script by - 75 episodes, 1968 - 1977) (written by - 3 episodes, 1969) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1968 - 1977)
- Never Too Old (1977) ... (by) / (screenplay)
- Number Engaged (1977) ... (by) / (script by)
- The Miser's Hoard (1977) ... (by) / (script by)
- Knights of Madness (1977) ... (by) / (script by)
- The Making of Private Pike (1977) ... (by) / (script by)
 1977 Are You Being Served? (BBC television series)
 1976 The Rear Guard (TV Movie)
 1972 The Virgin Fellas (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Episode #1.13 (1972)
- Episode #1.12 (1972)
- Episode #1.11 (1972)
- Episode #1.10 (1972)
- Episode #1.9 (1972)
  A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (script: Dad's Army - 1 episode, 1972) (script - 1 episode, 1968)
- Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) ... (script: Dad's Army)
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) ... (script)
  Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (by - 1 episode, 1972) (script by - 1 episode, 1972)
- Are You Being Served? (1972) ... (by) / (script by)
 1971 Dad's Army (screenplay)
 1970 A Royal Television Gala Performance (TV Special) (writer: Dad's Army)
 1968 Humpty Dumpty (TV Movie) (original book)
 1966 Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (TV Movie)
 1964 Impromptu (TV Series) (devised by - 8 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (1964) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.7 (1964) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.6 (1964) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.5 (1964) ... (devised by)
- Episode #1.4 (1964) ... (devised by)
 1961 The Eggheads (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.7 (1961) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.2 (1961) ... (writer)
 1959 Sunshine Street (TV Series) (writer)
 1959 Under New Management (TV Series) (writer)
 1955 Easter Spree (TV Movie) (writer)
 1952 It's a Small World (TV Movie) (additional dialogue)
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Show Show Director (18 credits)
Show Show Music department (5 credits)
Show Show Composer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Actor (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He and Jimmy Perry directed their play, "Hi-De-Hi", at the Victoria Palace in London, England with Simon Cadell, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland, Felix Bowness, Barry Howard, Ben Warriss, Su Pollard and Tim Swinton in the cast. Jimmy Perry and Tudor Davies were also the directors. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »


Alternate Names:

David Croft O.B.E. | David Croft OBE

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Bill Cotton] Without him I don't think the show (Dad's Army (1968)) would have gone on. He undoubtedly had a nose for a hit. He was a wonderful showman and a great believer in his producers and he backed us absolutely to the hilt. He was an entrepreneur... and there's not many of his type about any more, I'm afraid. We shall miss him terribly. I loved him. See more »

Trivia:

His brother Peter Croft was an actor turned producer and director. Peter's son was fellow television writer Mike Sharland. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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