Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet), Kevin R. McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean), and Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who) have been cast in Gold’s Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes, a series of remakes of episodes from the second season of Dad’s Army that were lost as a result of the BBC’s archival policy during the 1960s and 1970s.
As TVWise previously reported, the episodes being remade for The Lost Episodes are The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker, A Stripe For Frazer and Under Fire. The series 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 using the original scripts,.
Robert Bathurst plays Sergeant Wilson. “I’ve played soldiers before, but find I handle guns with all the bloodcurdling authority of Sergeant Wilson”, he said. “I’m looking forward to playing him. I hope we can honour Croft and Perry’s lost episodes. It’s a celebration of their writing, with understudies.”
Kevin R. McNally has been cast as Captain Mainwaring. “Now look here men, HQ tells me that three episodes of Dad’s Army have gone missing. And it has fallen to us to step in and replace them”, McNally said. “I have been asked to double for Captain Mainwaring and daunting as that may be, I accept the responsibility and look forward to leading the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in three last pushes against the Jerries. I hope you’ll join us and enjoy the ride.”
Bernard Cribbins will play Private Godfrey. “What a way to start the New Year. Back in khaki again – just like I was in 1947”, he said. Rounding out the cast is Kevin Eldon (Murder on the Blackpool Express, Damned) as Lance Corporal Jones, Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education) as Private Walker, David Hayman (Taboo, The Paradise) as Private Frazer and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs) as Pike.
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes was originally commissioned back in October by UKTV’s Head of Scripted Pete Thornton and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and UKTV’s Genre General Manager of Entertainment and Comedy Steve North. It is set to air on Gold in 2019 to mark the mark the 50th anniversary of their original broadcast on the BBC.