Comedians and friends of Jimmy Perry have been paying tribute to the Dad’s Army co-creator, who has died aged 93.
BBC comedy controller Shane Allen hailed him as “a goliath of British comedy writing”, while fellow comedians shared their tributes online for the celebrated writer, who was also responsible for It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi.
Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in Dad’s Army, told the BBC that Perry’s death was “the end of an era”.
“He has been a part of my life for such a long time, half of an amazing partnership,” he added.
Actress Vicki Michelle, who appeared in ‘Allo ‘Allo, written by Perry’s collaborator David Croft, sent her condolences to Perry’s wife Mary Husband.
My heart goes out to Mary Husband at this sad time. She and #JimmyPerry were such a lovely couple. Sending lots of love to a special lady xx
— Vicki Michelle MBE (@vickimichelle) October 23, 2016
Sad news. To create comedy that generations of people genuinely love is rare, and he managed it time and again. https://t.co/idPu4303JZ
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) October 23, 2016
Thank you Jimmy Perry for your work. You made our world a funnier and brighter place. RIP
— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) October 23, 2016
When St. Peter asks for Jimmy Perry's name he's got a great gag lined up #ripjimmyperry
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) October 23, 2016
RIP Jimmy Perry – his sitcoms are pure gold & will live on. pic.twitter.com/uhDciQ8f5J
— Chris Jarvis (@realchrisjarvis) October 23, 2016
Bless you Jimmy Perry. We could do with your warm heart + humour in these troubled times. Thank God for Dad’s Army on A Saturday night RIP https://t.co/TP4MjBh16R
— Mick Hucknall (@mjhucknall) 23 October 2016
Thank you Jimmy Perry for the joy you brought us all. https://t.co/QyD3wkbJqY
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) October 24, 2016
RIP the great Jimmy Perry. "Don't tell him Pike!"
— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) October 23, 2016
RIP Jimmy Perry. Dad's Army my favourite sit com of all time. #DontTellHimPike x
— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) October 23, 2016
I already cherished by Dad's Army book signed by Jimmy Perry ("You stupid boy!") – now even more so. RIP
— Andrew Collins (@AndrewCollins) October 23, 2016