A confidential Internal memo published today, under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that BBC top brass was becoming progressively more disenchanted with the Cpl. Jones character in Dad's Army, and if the show had not run out of steam and finished naturally of its own accord, then he was to be unceremoniously axed in an episode, recorded but never broadcast called "There goes my todger, Captain Mainwaring! In which the hapless Zulu War veteran was going to have an unexploded German bomb detonated inside his combinations with hilarious yet sadly fatal consequences.
The memo from head of comedy says, "Dad's Army is becoming terribly lame and nowhere is this more obvious than with the Cpl Jones character. For at least 10 years now he has delivered the same two or three jokes week after week and it's becoming preposterous. Even the most moronic and dim witted of viewers must have spotted it, and if we do commission another series, then the character must be killed off!"
At the time rumours were rife that the show's lead, Arthur Lowe, was fed up with Clive Dunn who played Jones, getting belly laughs for the same few gags in every episode, and that he threatened to quit if the character was not axed. "Volunteering for every unlikely mission or simply shouting 'They don't like it up 'em' is fucking pathetic," a tired and emotional Lowe once told a Daily Mail reporter in a late-night-but strictly-off-the-record-chat at the cast's hotel bar in Norfolk.
Sadly today's leaked memo is sure to tarnish the memory of what for many is a true a national treasure, but in the best traditions of Jack Jones himself media experts say that the furore will blow over given time, so the advice is 'Don't panic!'