The Heritage Foundation and the Barmy Army Film Club Celebrate 40 Years of Dad's Army at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday 12th October 2008.
Dad's Army meets the Barmy Army
CAPTAIN MAINWARING'S STATUE IN THETFORD
Barmy Army Film Club and the Media
The Club's featured in news reports both on radio and television, we have been featured in current affairs programmes with Danny Baker and Jenny Barnet on Six 0'Clock Live activities soon attracted more media attention. As well as newspaper articles and appearances on Six 0' Clock Live in 1991 shot on location on Romney Marsh Kent where we filmed much of our second film Recruitment Drive, The club met Ian Lavender( Private Pike) on Good Morning with Anne and Nick in 1994. The club has also been covered in the Telegraph and The Daily Star. 2005 saw the Barmy Army Film Club featured on News Night on BBC 2 with Mr Paxman.
2006 the Club featured by mistake in the Saturday Express someone put the wrong photo for Dad's Army in and featured the BAFC in the TV guide 2007 The club featured in The Kent Messenger and The Weekly News and also appeared on BBC newsroom Southeast.
Colin Bean was born in Wigan in 1926 his first acting role was as a shepherd in a nativity play. After leaving school in 1944 he went on to gain more professional acting experience before being called up for national service which he started in Maidstone Kent during his service Colin went out to Japan which he had the chance to do some part time acting with the BCOF. After fours years of service in the British Army he went onto drama school until 1952 but stayed on to teach for a year. His first speaking role on television was playing a Yeoman in the 1960's Richard the Lionheart programme with actor Richard Green. Next he was seen as an antiques dealer in the BBC Z Cars and a Policeman in No hiding Place before joining the platoon in Dad's Army to find out more about Colin's long acting career please read Who Do You Think You are Kidding by Colin Bean.
Colin Bean Passed on in June 2009 and he will be greatly missed by us.
Nor are we unknown to other members of the cast as well as the creators of the original "Dads Army series both Frank Williams (the Vicar) and Pam Cundell (Mrs Fox later Jones) attended the premiere of Something's Going On, the club,s third film in which Colin Bean made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Private Sponge. Colin also kindly agreed to appear in a videotaped interview produced by the BAFC in 1996. He makes reference to both of these in his biography titled Who Do you think you are kidding!
Pam Cundell Bill Pertwee MBE Frank Williams
The Barmy Army Film Club has had great support from Bill Pertwee (ARP Warden Hodges) since the club begun.
Dad's Army the first transmission was on Wednesday 31st July 1968 the episode called The Man and the Hour.
The Episode starts in the 1960,s shows Captain Mainwaring being introduced as the guest of honour at Walmington-on-Sea's 'I'm backing Britian' campaign. Mainwaring then goes onto talking about 1940 when everyone backed Britain against Adolf Hitler.
Dad's Army Ran until Sunday 13th November 1977 with the final tranmission going on air. This episode was titled Never Too Old . (This ends with a toast to the Home Guard with a bottle of Champagne)