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Television Heaven: Hi-de-Hi! (1980)

May 8th, 2018

hidehi15hA great new feature on Hi-de-Hi!, by Televsion Heaven. (Photo © BBC)

David Croft and Jimmy Perry had the midas touch when it came to comedy writing, and by the end of the 1970s, with Dad’s Army having finished and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum coming to a close, the pair were looking for a new project. The duo had both worked at Butlins holiday camp – Perry as a redcoat and Croft as a show producer. It was these shared experiences that gave life to one of the BBC’s top comedies of the 1980s, Hi-de-hi!

Once again having the foresight to set their programme at a particular time in the past, Croft and Perry’s latest offering brought together a ragtag collection of failed individuals to a fictitious holiday camp in 1959 – Maplins…

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