Monday 5 February 2024

Private Pike has died


Ian Lavender, the stupid boy Pike, has died. 

When Philip Madoc died his obituaries covered respectfully his distinguished career as a Shakespearean actor but concentrated on the one scene from Dad's Army, where he played the German submarine commander captured by the Walmington Home Guard, which is now integral to the British myth.  So do Lavender's.

An article in the Guardian once said that the cult of Dad's Army was a function of nostalgia for a time when Britain was all white and unencumbered by the European Union. 

She was not yet an American satellite either. 

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