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Royal Mail stamps 2018 - Dad's Army, 26 June 2018

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The fiftieth anniversary of the TV comedy Dad’s Army has been marked with eight special stamps from Royal Mail, featuring well-loved characters from the show.

Dad's Army was a hugely popular BBC TV sitcom about the antics of a British Home Guard unit during the Second World War in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea.

The show, which was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on the BBC from 1968 to 1977, ran for nine series and 80 episodes. Such was the popularity of the sitcom that there was also a radio version based on the TV scripts, and two feature films – released in 1971 and 2016.  In its 1970s heyday the show regularly attracted more than 18 million viewers and became one of the most watched television programmes of its time.

Dad’s Armyfocuses on a fictional Home Guard platoon commanded by bank manager, Captain Mainwaring, who is assisted by chief clerk Sergeant Wilson. These men provide Walmington-on-Sea’s last line of defence against the seemingly imminent Nazi invasion.

 Stamp details

Dad’s Army

Issue date: 26 June 2018

Design: Up

Perforations 14.5 x 14

Stamp size: 41mm x 30mm

Print process: Lithography

Phosphor: Bars as appropriate

Gum: PVA

1st Captain Mainwaring: ‘You stupid boy!’ 

1st Lance Corporal Jones: ‘Don’t panic! Don’t panic!’

2nd Private Pike: ‘I’ll tell Mum!’

2nd Sergeant Wilson: ‘Do you think that’s wisesir?’

£1.45 Private Frazer: ‘We’re doomed, doomed!’

£1.45 Private Walker: ‘It won’t cost you much…’

£1.55 Private Godfrey: ‘Do you think I might be excused?’

£1.55 Chief Warden Hodges: ‘Put that light out!’

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