Wednesday 16 January 2019

Bernard Cribbins confirmed to star in Gold's Dad's Army Episodes

Last year it was reported that Bernard Cribbins might be cast in the three episodes of Dad's Army Gold are remaking in 'The Lost Episodes' strand. Well today it's thankfully been confirmed! Cribbins will be playing Private Godfrey and I for one think it's inspired casting. 

The three episodes being filmed were all from 1969 and sadly the originals were destroyed after broadcast. Back in the day it wasn't so easy to preserve programming and many now classic shows fell victim to the decision to wipe recordings so tape could be reused. The episodes - A Stripe For Frazer, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker and Under Fire will feature new casts playing the well loved characters and the whole endeavour is being supported by the estates of the series' creators, Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

Kevin McNally (who has played Tony Hancock in the past) will star as Captain Mainwaring and Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson. Interestingly, Bathurst played John Le Mesurier, the actor who played Wilson between 1968 and 1977, in the 2011 biopic Hattie, about the life and career of Hattie Jacques.

Meanwhile Kevin Eldon will play Corporal Jones, Matthew Horne will be Walker, David Hayman will star as Frazer and playing Private Pike will be Tom Rosenthal. 

Hopefully these remakes will be true to the original style and humour of Dad's Army and the rest of the casting will be both interesting and sympathetic to the original series and its superb band of actors. 

It will also be splendid to see Bernard Cribbins back on our screens.

Bernard's autobiography was recently published and you can find out more about that here

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