Clive Dunn: A Tribute

Clive Dunn: A Tribute


No other character in revered sitcom Dad’s Army embodied the bulldog spirit better than Lance Corporal Jones. As played for nine years by Clive Dunn, who died last month at the age of 92, Jones was young at heart, intensely loyal and loved by the British public. Co-writer Jimmy Perry based Jones on an old soldier he’d known in the Home Guard who was often heard to remark, “They don’t like it up ’em.”

Bewigged and moustached, Dunn was only in his 40s when the show began, which enabled him to perform enthusiastic stunts. And so convincing was Dunn at quavery-voiced dodderers that the BBC brought him back in 1979 for kids’ sitcom Grandad — also the title of his sleepy, number-one chart hit.

But if it’s Dad’s Army you’re after, don’t panic, the 1977 Christmas special is at 8.20pm.


Family, colleagues and friends pay tribute to much-loved actor Clive Dunn, who died in November. Best remembered for his role as doddering Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in classic sitcom Dad's Army, with his catchphrases `Don't panic!' and `They don't like it up 'em', he also found success in the charts with the song Grandad, which went to number one in early 1971.