Do we really need to revisit Dad’s Army?
DO we really want to recapture what some regard as great television?
Try watching the new version of Open All Hours and it’s impossible not to feel despair, not just because the scripts seem to have been written by someone’s whose greatgrandad once wrote gags for Arthur Askey, but because it screams out for Ronnie Barker.
Which is why we should protest against plans to recreate Dad’s Army. It’s been revealed three episodes of the war-time comedy are to be re-filmed, nearly 50 years on.
Captain Mainwaring will be played by Kevin Mcnally, with Robert Bathurst playing the John Le Mesurier role. And Bernard Cribbens will take on Private Godfrey.
The original episodes were lost when a technician taped over them, and that was no bad thing. And to try to replicate the performances of the originals, even with three terrific actors, is blitzing the British public with silliness.