Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Date of birth: 02-03-1970
Alexander Armstrong – also known as Xander – studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a member of Cambridge Footlights and the college choir.

He met his comedy partner Ben Miller in 1991, when they started performing together in the TBA sketch night in Notting Hill, West London.

But 1998 was their breakthrough year, when they landed a Radio 4 series and a TV series, produced for Channel 4 and the Paramount Comedy Channel.

The show ran for four series and included such characters as Scandanavian heavy metal band Strijka, the drama Nude Practice and hip middle-class presenters Craig Children and Martin Bain-Jones.

They dissolved their partnership in 2000, to forge their separate careers

Armstrong went on to appear in such TV shows as Mutual Friends, Don't Call Me Stupid, hospital sitcom TLC and three series of Life Begins for ITV

He was also a regular guest host on Have I Got News For You, and appeared in Woody Allen’s film Match Point, as well as numerous adverts for Pimms.

He reunited with Miller for one-off charity gig in London celebrity hangout The Groucho Club in 2005, which reignited their partnership, and led to their prime-time BBC One show in autumn 2007.

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Gold orders a Dad's Army retrospective

Alexander Armstrong to host four-part series

The Gold channel has commissioned a new retrospective series, Saluting Dad’s Army,  to mark the 50th anniversary of the enduring sitcom.

Alexander Armstrong will present four hour-long episodes celebrating the Jimmy Perry and David Croft comedy whose first  aired on this day in 1968.

The host said: 'I’ve spent a lifetime enjoying the brilliance of Jimmy Perry, David Croft and the extraordinary cast. Now I get to explore everything from the birth of the show to its wonderful legacy and aim to bring fans new insights into the show we all loved so much."

 Gerald Casey, Gold channel director, said: ‘Dad’s Army is a true favourite for Gold viewers and one that has stood the test of time. We can’t wait to delve into its history in this retrospective series and find out more about the show that is very dear to our hearts.’

The series will mix archive footage and new interviews to explore how the escapades of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard became a hit, then an institution.

The first ever episode of Dad’s Army will be repeated on Gold at  8.20pm tonight – the exact time the show debuted 50 years ago. Remaining episodes from the first series will follow throughout the rest of the week.

Saluting Dad’s Army joins other Gold retrospective series for 2018, including Dinnerladies Diaries and How The Young Ones Changed Comedy. It will air on Gold later this year.

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Published: 31 Jul 2018

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