Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Arthur Lowe at 100: The Man who was Captain Mainwaring

The great comic actor Arthur Lowe, most famous for playing Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, was born 100 years ago today, on 22nd September 1915.
Here's my 2012 tribute piece to Lowe from the Daily Express.

Don't tell him Pike! That classic line which comes as part of a hilarious encoun- ter between Captain Main- waring and a captured German U-boat commander in an episode of the ever- green comedy series Dad’s Army is regarded by many as the funniest line in British television history.
The actor who delivered it, Arthur Lowe, made – and continues to make – millions laugh with his wonderful portrayal of the self-important and accident-prone bank manager turned Home Guard captain, helping to turn his character into one of the best-loved comedy creations of all time.

You can read the whole piece here.

1 comment:

del stead said...

Comical genius surrounded by a wonderful cast! Also loved private fraser!!!! I'm sure the phrase "as cynical as an undertaker" came from him! Another BBC masterpiece which puts today's comedy writers to shame!