Thursday, 27 August 2015


The Old Soldiers of the RADA are all lining up to appear in the new Dad's Army film - due for release in February 2016. Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey, Tom Courtenay as Lance Corporal Jack “Don’t Panic” Jones some younger talent - The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison as Private Pike, and Catherine Zeta-Jones providing the glamorous female interest [mind you, she is approaching 50 now, and has been on stage for almost 35 years] 
I have very mixed feelings about the film. I grew up watching the original programmes with my family, and I love watching repeats on TV, and listening to the excellent radio broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Furthermore, I am a little miffed with the town of Bridlington where the film was made, who are planning to 'twin' with Warmington-on-Sea, because Thetford in Norfolk has been the true home of Dad's Army since 1968, as any fule kno. But there we are, times have changed...As long as the script is of the calibre of the original Perry/Croft ones, with such a stellar cast***, they certainly ought to be able to produce a fine film.
*** For what it's worth, I am not that keen on Bill Nighy [although I did get to teach his great-niece for a whole term once] but I will happily watch anything with Tom Courtenay in it.


  1. I just don't know how anyone can replicate the original cast.

  2. I'm worried what they will do to it. Likewise, I adored the man from uncle!x

    1. Do you still watch David McCallum on NCIS?? He is 81 now. I remember one episode where someone teased him about his appearance, and another character said 'they say that in his youth he looked just like the man from UNCLE'.!! I always thought Illya was better than Napoleon Solo


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