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Jimmy Perry was born in London in 1923. By the age of 25 he had been a member of the Home Guard, called up into the regular forces and sent to Burma with the Royal Artillery, travelled the Indian subcontinent, entertaining the troops, been a Red Coat at Butlins and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts - the experiences from all of which went into the creation of his much-loved comedies which include Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot, Mum and Hi-De-Hi! Jimmy has won numerous awards throughout his career including the Writers' Guild Best Comedy Script three years running from 1969 to 1971, the Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 and the Comic Heritage award in 1998. He received the OBE in 1978 and is still entertaining the nation with his one-man show.

Books by Jimmy Perry