LONDON:-Comedians and friends have paid tribute to the "amazing" contribution to British TV of Dad's Army creator Jimmy Perry, who has died at the age of 93. Perry's agent Tim Hancock said the writer, who was also behind Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M'Lord?, had died at his home on Sunday after a short illness. He said he had "never met anyone... with as big a heart as Jimmy". Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in Dad's Army, said Perry's death was "the end of an era". Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Hi-de-Hi! actress Ruth Madoc said: "He was my great, great friend... he will be sorely missed.

"He understood comedy, and the comedy that he produced and wrote will stand the test of time. Lots of generations to come will love it still."