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Longtime TV Comedy Writer Dies; One of His Shows Is Said to Be the Most Successful British Sitcom of All Time

Sep 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A prolific TV writer and producer who was behind a string of BBC sitcoms, including “Are You Being Served?” and “Dad’s Army,” has died, The Guardian reports. David Croft, 89, died at his home in Portugal.

His family announced that Croft died “peacefully in his sleep,” the story reports.

“Dad’s Army” is considered by many to be the most successful British sitcom of all time, the story says.

Croft’s credits also included “’Allo ‘Allo!,” “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” and “Hi-de-Hi!”

In 1978, the Queen recognized Croft for his work, naming him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

As a teenager, Croft had his only role as an actor, a small, uncredited part in the 1939 classic “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.”

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