Don’t Panic

November 9th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

British actor Clive Dunn, best known as a bumbling old butcher in the popular World War II sitcom Dad’s Army, has died.

Dunn passed away on Tuesday (local time), his agent Peter Charlesworth said, adding that he believed the actor died in Portugal where he has lived for many years. He was 92.

As Lance-Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army – a hit television series in the 1960s and 1970s about a group of local volunteer members of the Home Guard – Dunn was famous for catchphrases such as “Don’t panic!” and “They don’t like it up ‘em.”

I was surprised he was still alive. His character looked old when Dad’s Army was on TV, but in reality he was only in his late 40s!

I didn’t realise Dad’s Army ran for nine years. There were 80 episodes in total.

His character was my favourite one on the show.

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25 Responses to “Don’t Panic”

  1. iMP (2,231 comments) says:

    Used to crack me up totally. I can still sing the theme song word for word…”Stu-pid Boy!”

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  2. Dean Papa (707 comments) says:

    Dad’s Army was the greatest comedy show of all time, IMHO.

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  3. mikenmild (10,600 comments) says:

    “They don’t like it up ‘em!”

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  4. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    Legend. Rest in peace.

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  5. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    I read the headline ‘Don’t Panic’ and thought DPF was talking about the terrible unemployment figures.

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  6. Nookin (3,033 comments) says:

    I may be showing my age, but I fondly recall him in Bootsie and Snudge — an earlier and very popular show which was written in the early days by one Marty Feldman.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootsie_and_Snudge

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  7. Nookin (3,033 comments) says:

    What is is about some people who feel driven to make cheap political comments on wholly extraneous matters in a thread focussing on someone’s demise?

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  8. Fletch (5,992 comments) says:

    I said the same thing when i was it on the news last night.
    I thought he was old then.

    I watched some youtube videos of him with his rambling speeches.

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  9. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    Dad’s Army The Movie – Part one of nine.

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  10. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    Full playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAA85CA45DB03067B

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  11. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Chaaaa Cha

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  12. Lance (2,439 comments) says:

    RIP Clive
    Brilliant show with many episodes based on actual events during WWII.
    Many great actors in the one show did it.
    Fraser ” We are all doomed”
    Mannering ” Stupid Boy”
    And of course “DON’T PANIC”

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  13. queenstfarmer (742 comments) says:

    A great scene, and timely too:

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  14. James Stephenson (2,006 comments) says:

    One might have thought that TVNZ could have shuffled in a couple of Dad’s Army episode into their British comedy slot this evening.

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  15. Dean Papa (707 comments) says:

    a great episode,

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  16. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    Nookin 11.24am:

    What is is about some people who feel driven to make cheap political comments on wholly extraneous matters in a thread focussing on someone’s demise?

    Because they have been ‘blessed’ with the moron gene defect?
    Because their parents failed to teach them basic manners and etiquette?
    Because they have been mingling too long with the wrong elements of society?
    Because they simply cannot help themselves?
    All of the above?

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  17. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    Also surprised to see he was only in his 40s when Dad’s Army was filmed… as it has been pointed out already, he acted the part of an old git, rather well…. :) I also remember him for a ‘one hit wonder’ song called ‘Grandad’ and he actually appeared on Top of the Pops in 1971 when it reached No 1.

    “They don’t like it up ‘em….” :D

    RIP.

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  18. mikenmild (10,600 comments) says:

    The Fuzzy-Wuzzies can relax now.

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  19. tvb (4,192 comments) says:

    I loved his dpn’t panic with increasing levels of panic in his voice. And his barely concealed racism which we did not take seriously

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  20. backster (2,070 comments) says:

    He must be about the last of that great Home Guard crowd to pass away. Imust have watched more repeats of that show than any other and would watch it all again given the chance.

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  21. DJP6-25 (1,267 comments) says:

    RIP Corporal Jones.

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  22. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    Ian Lavender (the stupid boy) is still alive backster and I think the minister and maybe Hodges the greengrocer (put that light out) may still be above ground. :)

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  23. Johnboy (14,857 comments) says:

    86 and still going strong.

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=bill+pertwee&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ubScUOKxA5C8iAfl1IDgAg&sqi=2&ved=0CCIQsAQ&biw=1142&bih=598

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  24. Longknives (4,384 comments) says:

    The Vicar is still alive-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Williams_(actor)

    Dad’s Army- Up there with Blackadder and Python…..

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  25. pq (728 comments) says:

    for you
    Elaycee (2,914) Says:
    November 9th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    Also surprised to see he was only in his 40s when Dad’s Army was filmed… as it has been pointed out already, he acted the part of an old git, rather well…. I also remember him for a ‘one hit wonder’ song called ‘Grandad’ and he actually appeared on Top of the Pops in 1971 when it reached No 1.

    “They don’t like it up ‘em….” RIP.

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