The Making of Dad's ArmyBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 August 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Dad's Army (Credit: BBC) BBC Two's controller, Kim Shillinglaw, has announced that a new comedy about the making of Dad’s Army is to be made by the channel. The one-off 60 minute special will star Paul Ritter, Shane Ritchie, John Sessions, Sally Phillips and Kevin Bishop.
The Making of Dad's Army (w/t)

The dramatised story of how Jimmy Perry and David Croft overcame BBC management scepticism, focus groups and cast constipation to get the much loved legend onto air.

Running from Perry's initial idea in 1967 until the transmission of the first episode in 1968, this affectionate and witty film shows the beginnings of Perry and Croft's writing partnership and the casting woes, personal clashes and production difficulties that put the show's very existence in jeopardy. It reveals to fans and newcomers alike what went on behind the scenes in the making of Dad's Army and is a true love letter to British creativity.

Cast confirmed so far includes: Paul Ritter to play Jimmy Perry (Friday Night Dinner, The World's End, Quantum of Solace), Richard Dormer as David Croft (Fortitude, Good Vibrations, Game of Thrones), John Sessions to play Arthur Lowe (Filth, Gangs Of New York), Julian Sands as John Le Mesurier (The Killing Fields, The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, A Room With a View), Mark Heap as Clive Dunn (Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing & Spaced), Shane Richie to play Bill Pertwee (EastEnders), Kevin Bishop as James Beck (The Kevin Bishop Show, Whites), Keith Allen to play Paul Fox (Bodies, Robin Hood, The Comic Strip Presents…), Michael Cochrane as Arnold Ridley (The Archers), Ralph Riach (Braveheart, Hamish Macbeth) to play John Laurie and Sally Phillips as Ann Croft (Smack The Pony, Bridget Jones' Diary, Miranda). Further cast details will be announced at a later date.

The Making of Dad's Army (w/t) is a 1 x 60' episode. It is being produced by DSP, part of Endemol Shine Group. It was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning and Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor BBC Comedy. It was written by Stephen Russell (Hattie, Shameless, Coronation Street, Garrow's Law) and will be directed by Steve Bendelack (Spitting Image, the Royle Family, The League of Gentlemen). The Executive Producers are Charlotte Surtees and Emily Dalton and the Producer is Brett Wilson at DSP. The drama will be filmed in Northern Ireland and has been part funded by Northern Ireland Screen.




First Official Photos Of Dad's Army Film CastBookmark and Share

Monday, 27 October 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The first official photos from the film adaptation of Dad's Army have been released by Universal Pictures.

The main cast of the 2015 Dad's Army film - (left to right) Frank Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays), Jones (Tom Courtenay), George Mainwaring (Toby Jones), Arthur Wilson (Bill Nighy), Frazer (Bill Paterson), Godfrey (Michael Gambon) (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire) Dad's Army - 2015 Film (Credit: Universal Pictures/PA Wire)

The film, which is written by Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker, sees the group of "Local Defence Volunteers" in search of a spy as journalist Rose Winters, played by Catherine Zeta Jones, is sent to Walmington-on-Sea to report on the Home Guard's exploits.

The cast, who have have been filming the production in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, include Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancashire, Annette Crosbie, Alison Steadman, Felicity Montagu, Julia Foster, Holli Dempsey, Oliver Tobias and Emily Atack.

The BBC reported the film as being "in the works" in February of this year.







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