A platoon of new actors has been drafted to fill in for the legendary Dad’s Army company when three lost episodes of the celebrated comedy are re-shot, nearly 50 years after they were originally filmed.
The new cast will be led by Kevin McNally, who appeared in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films and many tv dramas.
He has been signed to play dithering Captain Mainwaring — the part that was made famous by Arthur Lowe in the original TV series, which ran from 1968 until 1977.
The original cast of Dad’s Army included Clive Dunn as LCpl. Jack Jones, Arthur Lowe as Capt. George Mainwaring and John Le Mesurier as Sgt. Arthur Wilson (pictured left to right)
Joining McNally will be Robert Bathurst (of Cold Feet and Downton Abbey fame) who will take on the part of silver-tongued Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier.
It’s not Bathurst’s first take on Le Mesurier. He portrayed the actor in the BBC television film Hattie, about Le Mesurier’s second wife, Hattie Jacques.
Veteran star Bernard Cribbins, who celebrates his 90th birthday next month, has been persuaded to play Private Godfrey, a part that was originally taken by Arnold Ridley.
Cribbins’s career has spanned more than 70 years, and he has starred in countless films and TV shows including The Wombles (which he narrated) and The Railway Children. Several other actors are in the frame for the new look at the old episodes, including Gavin & Stacey star Mathew Horne, who’s currently touring in Rain Man with Ed Speleers.
Veteran star Bernard Cribbins (pictured), who celebrates his 90th birthday next month, has been persuaded to play Private Godfrey, a part that was originally taken by Arnold Ridley
The new cast will be led by Kevin McNally (left), who appeared in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films and many tv dramas. He has been signed to play dithering Captain Mainwaring. Joining McNally will be Robert Bathurst (right) who will take on the part of silver-tongued Sergeant Wilson, originally played by John Le Mesurier
The three Dad’s Army shows were lost decades ago when BBC technicians recorded over them. Originally broadcast in 1969, they were part of the second series about the fictional Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard, created in 1968 by David Croft and Jimmy Perry.
The episodes — The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Walker, A Stripe For Frazer and Under Fire — will be filmed early in the New Year by UKTV for the Gold satellite channel.
Watch out for…
Adam Pascal, who will be joining Kerry Ellis, Adrianna Hicks, David Michael Johnson and Kristina Love — with the West End Chorus, City of London Philharmonic AllStars and many other guest stars — for The Best Of . . . Rock Musicals, hosted by Tim Rice at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, West London on May 12, 2019.
The show will raise funds for The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, which offers help to those suffering from depression and mental illness.
Adam Pascal (pictured) will be joining the cast of The Best Of . . . Rock Musicals, hosted by Tim Rice at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, West London on May 12, 2019
The Best Of . . . is being organised by Hugh Wooldridge who, for 19 years, ran the Night Of 1,000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall. He told me that he decided to revamp the format. ‘This year it’s rock, and we’re doing the show at a rock venue. Next year it’s The Best Of . . . Hollywood.’
Stephane Anelli, Victoria Serra, Richard Carson, Natalie Hope and Rebecca Bernice Amissah, who are a key part of the cast joining director Joseph Pitcher’s production of the great Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling musical Guys And Dolls, which will run at the Mill at Sonning in Berkshire for a 14-week season from November 23.
I missed the recent Royal Albert Hall concert version, so I hope I can find time to see this show, which has some of the best songs written for the theatre.