Croft work

Veteran writer pens autobiography

Veteran scriptwriter David Croft is to publish his autobiography next month.

The book, You Have Been Watching, promises behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his career, which includes Hi-de-Hi!, 'Allo 'Allo, Are You Being Served and Dad's Army.
Born in Poole, Dorset, in 1922, Croft began his working life on the stage before moving into television production. His career was interrupted by the Second World War and he spent five years serving in North Africa, India and Singapore.

He returned home in 1945 and worked as a singer, actor and television producer until in 1964 he met a young actor called Jimmy Perry. The pair quickly began writing together, and Dad's Army was born, the first in a long line of Croft and Perry hits.
In 1978, Croft was awarded the OBE for services to television.
His autobiography will be published in hardback by BBC Worldwide on April 29, priced £18.99.

Click here to pre-order from Amazon and save £5.70.

Published: 25 Mar 2004

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