Timothy West and Kevin Eldon star in Dad’s Army lost episodes
James R | On 27, Feb 2019
Timothy West and Kevin Eldon are leading a star-studded cast bringing lost episodes of Dad’s Army back to life.
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes, commissioned by UKTV’s Gold, will celebrate 50 years since three episodes of the classic comedy were first broadcast and last seen, before they disappeared from the archives entirely. The three episodes being recreated are The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire. The remakes will use the original scripts, which were written for the second season of Dad’s Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
Timothy West CBE (Brass, Toast of London) will star as the incredibly kind Private Godfrey. He steps into the role after original cast member Bernard Cribbins had to step down from the production for personal reasons.
“It is a special pleasure for me to be taking over Godfrey from Arnold Ridley who, coincidently, wrote The Ghost Train, the play in which my parents met,” says West.
The full platoon consists of Kevin R. McNally as Captain Mainwaring, Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, Mathew Horne as Private Walker, David Hayman as Private Frazer and Tom Rosenthal as Pike.
The series has been commissioned by Pete Thornton, head of scripted, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager of entertainment and comedy.
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes will air on Gold later this year.