The establishment of a very British institution appeared in 1958. It was Carry On Sergeant, Starring William Hartnell ( the first Dr Who), the late great Bob Monkhouse Dora Bryan, Shirley Eaton (the golden girl from GoldFinger) Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Connor,Charles Hawtrey and of course Kenneth Williams.
"One experience which all classes did share in the 50s was National Service. Conscription was introduced by the Labour government in 1949 and abolished by the Tories in 1960, to the relief of all concerned. Its unpopularity made it an ideal butt for film comedy and was early exploited by Brian Rix in Reluctant Heroes (d. Jack Raymond, 1952) and Frank Randle in Its a Grand Life (d. John Blakeley, 1953). Service comedies remained a staple of the 50s film industry - Privates Progress (d. John Boulting, 1956), and Operation Bullshine (d. Gilbert Gunn, 1959) were hugely successful - and at the end of the decade the Kinematograph Weekly was still expressing satisfaction that service comedies are 'as safe as the Bank of England'."
The success of Carry on Sergeant led swiftly to Carry on Nurse and there was no stopping this much loved series of films and its stage and tv spin offs