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Tributes to 'genius' David Croft

Tributes have been paid to the "genius" of David Croft, the co-creator of hit sitcoms including Dad's Army, who has died aged 89.

His string of blockbuster BBC shows included 'Allo 'Allo, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Hi-De-Hi!

A statement released by his family said he "died peacefully in his sleep at his house in Portugal earlier today".

It added: "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."

His partnership with Jimmy Perry proved to be one of British television's most successful.

Together they wrote Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-De-Hi and You Rang, M'Lord?

He also worked with Jeremy Lloyd on shows including Are You Being Served? 'Allo 'Allo and Grace and Favour.

Ian Lavender, who played the put-upon Private Pike in Dad's Army, said Croft was "a lovely, gentle, quiet man".

Melvyn Hayes, who starred in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, said Croft was "a genius".

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".

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