Only Fools and Horses' David Jason initially lined up for iconic Dad’s Army role


Channel 5’s Dad’s Army: Secret Lives & Scandal delved into the fan-favourite BBC comedy and the lives of the actors who portrayed the magnificent seven. The on-screen chemistry between the stars of the series helped it become one of Britain’s best-loved comedies. But, the documentary revealed Only Fools and Horses star Sir David Jason was considered for a Dad’s Army role when the first choice expressed reservations. 

In the documentary, TV critics, members of the production and family members of the cast shared their thoughts on the iconic comedy. 

Discussing the original line-up, the programme shed light on how the core characters were cast.

The role of Lance Corporal Jones went to Clive Dunn who at just 48 had already made a career of playing doddery old men.

Dad’s Army production assistant Kay Johnson remarked: “I remember one makeup lady she said, “I’m saving ever such a lot of money on Clive Dunn because he’s getting older and older. 

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He appeared in three episodes between 1975 and 1977.

Clive eventually agreed to star in Dad’s Army and the documentary featured footage of the actor explaining why during an appearance on Terry Wogan’s chat show. 

The BBC host asked: “Did you say yes to that part immediately?”

Clive replied: “I’d just been in a show that I wasn’t very good in and I thought, ‘I don’t want to go in another show I’m not very good in.’ 



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