Do we re­ally need to re­visit Dad’s Army?

The Herald - - OPINION -

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.

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