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Could lost episodes of Dad’s Army be re-made?

PUBLISHED: 09:45 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 30 September 2018

(From left) Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn, James Beck, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier in the television programme 'Dad's Army.' It has been claimed three missing episodes may be recreated. Picture: BBC/PA

(From left) Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn, James Beck, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier in the television programme 'Dad's Army.' It has been claimed three missing episodes may be recreated. Picture: BBC/PA

Lost episodes of Dad’s Army could be re-made with a new cast.

The  classic 'Dads Army' line-up of Arthur Lowe as Capt George Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sgt Arthur Wilson, Clive Dunn as L-Cpl Jack Jones, John Laurie Pvt James Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Pvt Charles Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Pvt Frank Pike and James Beck as Pte Joe Walker. Picture: BBCThe classic 'Dads Army' line-up of Arthur Lowe as Capt George Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sgt Arthur Wilson, Clive Dunn as L-Cpl Jack Jones, John Laurie Pvt James Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Pvt Charles Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Pvt Frank Pike and James Beck as Pte Joe Walker. Picture: BBC

The British Comedy Guide website claims three episodes from the cult sitcom’s second series, screened in 1969, may be recreated.

The BBC has not commented on the claims. The website says: “three episodes were lost as a consequence of the BBC’s contemporary cost saving policy to wipe and re-use expensive video tape. Contracts allowed for only one repeat broadcast of each episode, and there was no foresight to future value in the programmes.”

One lost episode was the Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker, which features Sgt Walker receiving his call-up papers for the regular army.

Also missing are a Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire, where the platoon confronts a suspected German spy.

The Thetford Dad's Army Museum's Captain Mainwaring statue, situated between the Anchor Hotel, which was in the first episode, and the Bell Hotel where the actors stayed at Thetford.

The Thetford Dad's Army Museum's Captain Mainwaring statue, situated between the Anchor Hotel, which was in the first episode, and the Bell Hotel where the actors stayed at Thetford.

British Comedy Guide says the new versions are expected to be broadcast alongside a documentary series looking at the history of the programme.

MORE - celebrating 50 years of Dad’s Army



Dad’s Army celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The show, set in fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, features the bumbling exploits of a Home Guard platoon, led by the pompous Capt Mainwaring.

Broadcast from 1968 - 1977, it ran for nine series, totalling 80 episodes and attracted audiences of 18m.

Much of the action was filmed in and around Thetford, at locations including the Guildhall, the former Place Cinema and the flint cottages of Nether Row.

Extras for the series were drawn from the Thetford Music and Drama Society and the Thetford Senior Citizens’ Club. It is not known whether the new episodes might be filmed in the town.

In 2010, a full-size bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring was unveiled in the town by series writer David Croft.

A Dad’s Army Museum was founded in 2007. Housed in the Old Fire Station, it contains exhibitions and photos featuring the show’s most famous stars as well as a display on some of the stars who made brief appearances, such as Barbara Windsor.

Jones the Butcher’s original van from the show is housed at the nearby Charles Burrell Museum.

For more about the museum visit www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk.

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