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Dad's Army sitcom writer Croft dies

Tributes have flooded in for Dad's Army and Are You Being Served? writer David Croft, who has died at the age of 89.

Dad's Army star Ian Lavender said: "He was an absolute joy to work with. He was the man who I worked with most in TV for the first 10 years of my acting life."

Ian, who played Private Pike in the sitcom, added: "A lot of his direction was through nods, winks, and smiles in rehearsal rather than pages of notes and discussions.

"He was very content with what he was doing. There are not many people, who can see something they made 40 years ago still pulling in audiences in their millions."

Ruth Madoc, who played yellow coat Gladys Pugh in the holiday camp sitcom Hi-De-Hi!, said she would remember him with "great, great affection and great awe".

She added: "I don't think we will ever see his like again."

Sherlock co-writer Mark Gatiss paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "Flags at half mast in Walmington-On-Sea tonight. Farewell to the great David Croft."

Gavin And Stacey star James Corden tweeted: "David Croft has sadly passed away. What an incredible career he had. May he rest in peace."

Matthew Graham, co-creator of Ashes To Ashes, said Croft had "left an amazing legacy" while comic star David Walliams called the death "very sad news".

Croft's agent Tim Hancock said he died at his holiday home in Portugal. A statement released by his family said: "He was a truly great man, who will be missed by all who had the great fortune of knowing and loving him. We know that he would of been proud that you had all been watching."

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