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Remaking the lost Dad's Army episodes

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 4, 2019

Timothy West who is taking over the role of Private Godfrey

Much is made of the 1960s and 1970 being the golden age of TV comedy but few have the staying power of Dad’s Army.

Today more than 50 years after it was first broadcast, this classic Jimmy Perry/David Croft sit-com based on the exploits of members of a fictional, Home Guard platoon in the equally fictional Walmington-on-Sea is still going strong.

The surviving episodes are broadcast on a seemingly endless loop introducing new generations of fans to characters like pompous Captain Mainwaring, urbane Sergeant Wilson and hapless Private Pike.

Fans are now in for a treat as three lost episodes (the original tapes were recorded over) are being remade for nostalgia channel Gold.

The episodes The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer, and Under Fire which were all originally broadcast in 1969 are now being shot with a new cast for screening later this year. 

They will star Kevin R. McNally as Mainwaring, Robert Bathurst as Wilson and Tom Rosenthal as Pike.

Kevin Eldon will play Corporal Jones, David Hayman is Private Frazer and Mathew Horne is Private Walker.

 Private Godfrey meanwhile will be played by Timothy West. The role was originally to have been played by Bernard Cribbens who had to pull out of the project for personal reasons.

Dad's Army is clearly much loved by the nation and its cast - old and new - has some close ties with Clive Conway Productions too. At various times our speakers have included both Timothy West and Bernard Cribbens as well as Ian Lavender who played Private Pike in the original series.