Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
Open All Hours (1973, 1976–85)
Keeping Up Appearances (1990–95)
Clarke fell in love with writing at an early age but joined the army rather than turn professional. Subsequent jobs including a policeman, teacher, salesman and taxi driver, he continued to write in his spare time, and eventually had several plays accepted by the BBC. In 2004 he received an OBE for his contribution to British comedy and in 2010 he was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards. Clarke now resides in rural Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire.
Dad’s Army (1968 – 1977), It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (1974 – 1981), Hi-de-Hi (1980 – 1988)
Are You Being Served (1972 – 1985), ‘Allo’ ‘Allo’ (1982 – 1992)
David was the son to the infamous stage actress Annie Croft and Reginald Sharland, a successful radio actor in Hollywood. Being born into the world of show business it was inevitable that he would become intertwined in the theatrical scene, even as early as 7 years old, when he appeared in a cinema commercial. David served in the Royal Artillery for two and a half years but as soon as he was de-mobbed in 1947 he followed in his parents’ footsteps. It was those years that later gave David the material for classic comedies. David Croft passed away in his sleep on 27 September 2011, at his home in Portugal at the age of 89.