It was hard to predict that this comedy series is gonna be such hit - 20 years after the end of World War 2 it seemed that British viewers would prefer to leave the war themes behind, the war films were more or less dying part of British cinema. But when Jimmy Perry come up with the idea for Dadâ€™s Army there was another snag - is 20 years after the war enough to make a sitcom about World War 2? People still remembered the blackouts, the air raids, the food rationing...
After great success of such TV series as DadĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Army, It AinĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t Half Hot Mum or Ă˘â‚¬â„˘Allo Ă˘â‚¬â„˘Allo it seemed that World War 2 as theme for comedy has run dry - what more can be said about the Blitz, ration books and shouting sergeants? Another approach to war was Then Churchill Said to Me starring Frankie Howerd that made very little impact when finally has premiered. Later Goodnight Sweetheart was pushing the envelope by introducing time travel element, but idea for radio show that takes place during World War 2 seemed like really, really far fetched.
Up Pompeii was a sitcom that placed Frankie Howerd in the spotlight - with scripts by Talbot Rothwell, unique formula (breaking the fourth wall) and dialogues full of innuendoes it was a perfect setting for Howerd, whose stand up routines as well as film appearances were very close the character he was playing in Up Pompeii. Later Whoops Baghdad was almost exact copy of Up Pompeii, but set in the Middle East, but in early 1980s Howerd was given another series, Then Churchill Said to Me, as it turned out the last in his career.
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