The missing Dad’s Army episodes are being re-made. UKTV’s Gold channel has announced plans to remake the missing episodes from the show’s second season with an entirely new cast. The Lost Episodes will air on Gold to mark the 50th anniversary of their original broadcast on the BBC.
As was also famously the case with Doctor Who, the BBC’s archival policy during the 1960s and 1970s resulted in tapes of episodes being seemingly either destroyed or reused as they have never been found. The episodes of Dad’s Army that were lost, and will now be remade, are: The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker, A Stripe For Frazer and Under Fire.
“As a Dad’s Army devotee, I’m utterly thrilled that we’re exclusively bringing these legendary lost masterpieces from Jimmy Perry and David Croft to life again after fifty years”, said Gerald Casey, Channel Director for Gold. The Lost Episodes was ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Genre General Manager of Entertainment and Comedy Steve North. It is being produced by Mercury Productions, who have worked closely with the Estates of the original writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft, to recreate the episodes.
“The Lost Episodes are currently being cast, with an extensive hunt on to find the perfect candidates to take on the daunting task of bringing these much-loved comedy characters to life once more”, added Pete Thornton, Head of Scripted at UKTV. “We’ve been working on this project for several years and will be respecting the genius of the original series. If ever there was a time to ‘stick to the script’ then this is it. We are hugely excited and not a little intimidated by this opportunity but being plucky (and hopefully not too incompetent) Brits we aim to see the task through.”