Bill PERTWEE (1926-2013)

Bill Pertwee
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bill Pertwee, comedy actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Imperial War Museum.

Bill left school during the Second World War and worked for a company that made parts for Spitfire cannons. He was declared unfit for war service due to a swimming accident, but was a member of the Air Training Corps. He later worked as an accounts clerk at the stock exchange and as a salesman for the clothing retailer Burberry in London.

Having entered show business, Bill served his apprenticeship as an entertainer in variety halls across the country. In 1957 he wrote to the BBC in search of work. His break eventually came with the offer to join the hugely popular radio show Beyond Our Ken with Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams.

His most prominent role was that of ARP Warden Hodges in the long running and hugely successful BBC sitcom, Dad's Army, which ran for nine series from 1968.

“I thought that’s a familiar voice!”

Bill Pertwee recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2010

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 1021
  • Subject No: 996
  • Broadcast date: Mon 1 Feb 1999
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Thur 21 Jan 1999
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 39
  • Edition: 22
  • Code Name: Raid

on the guest list...

  • Ian Lavender
  • Mollie Sugden
  • Pearl Carr
  • Teddy Johnson
  • Judi Spiers
  • Carol Hawkins
  • Jonathan - son
  • Marion - wife
  • William Moore
  • Peter Goodwright
  • Pamela Cundell
  • Hugh Hastings
  • Frank Williams
  • David Croft
  • Jimmy Perry
  • Clive Dunn
  • Mary Law
  • Pat Castle
  • Jean Sadler
  • Yvonne Mully
  • Nina Griffin
  • Bill Maynard
  • Marguerite Patten
  • John Chapman
  • Bernard Cribbins
  • Liza Goddard
  • Donald Hewlett
  • Brenda Cowling
  • Yvonne Marsh
  • Barbara New
  • Paul Shane
  • John Wallis
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Roy Hudd
  • Brian Murphy
  • Spike Milligan
  • Su Pollard

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production team...

  • Researchers: Ben Farrell, Sue Venables
  • Writer: Joe Steeples
  • Directors: John Gorman, Paul Kirrage
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 39 subjects: Charles Stewart > Carol Smillie > Roy Walker > Sharron Davies > Christopher Chittell > Barbara Dickson > Frank Thornton > Phillip Schofield > Alastair Stewart > Bob Wilson > Frankie Dettori > Elizabeth Spriggs > Rick Wakeman > Sue Johnston > Bill Deedes > Sylvia Young > Anne Kirkbride > Christopher Biggins > Damon Hill > George Layton > Floella Benjamin > Bill Pertwee > Mark Cook > Gary Mabbutt > Suzi Quatro > Ian Bannen