Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 31, 2018 19:32:52 GMT 12
Something that worries me now, I found an episode of the newer version of Yes, Prime Minister online. It was utterly dreadful. The actors just did not suit the roles, it did not seem remotely funny, and the sets looked them they'd been made by an AmDram company. I hope the new Dad's Army episodes are not in a similar vane.
Post by Andy Howells on Nov 2, 2018 9:55:48 GMT 12
I don't think the sets should be too difficult to recreate having already seen versions in We're Doomed! and Jonathan Ross having one recreated for the 40th anniversary. Both were pretty authentic looking, although I suspect neither were retained.
I can see the concern, but thinking back to when I first saw Dad's Army in the 70s, I am sure that I thought Frazer and particularly Godfrey were in their 80s or 90s, so I don't think it'll be a problem. Besides, Cribbins is always top notch, so I'm not worried.
It's wonderful that these are even being done. It's quite something that the idea of recreating lost Dad's Army episodes with new casts has come before the BBC thought to do the same for lost Doctor Who stories (as Doctor Who's popularity has always put it in the forefront of projects such as this one). One up for Jimmy Perry and David Croft!
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 23, 2018 22:38:15 GMT 12
I remember discussing the idea of recreating the lost episodes many years ago in 1996 with Jack Wheeler (the late Commander-in-Chief of the Dad's Army Appreciation Society) when I was staying with him in England, and we put forward a list of then current actors who we thought would be good in the roles.
He suggested Ken Morley, then in Coro Street as the shop assistant Reg, and I honestly could not see it. I thought maybe be meant Roy Barrowclough who played Alec Gilroy but he was adamant he meant Morley. That was a no for me.
I suggested my first choice would be Derek Benfield, who was great in First of the Summer Wine and Hetty Wainthrop Investigates.
I also suggested that Richard Pearson for Godfrey, he was very like Arnold Ridley I thought. Jack Agreed. At the time he was in a series with George Cole called My Good Friend.
And I thought that David Fenwick who played the young Norman Clegg so well might make a good Pike.
I recall Jack said he'd seen a guy in a TV adaptation of Para Handy only the week before that he thought would makea great Frazer, but I never saw it and don't know who he meant.
Haven't people been remaking lost Doctor Who's for years like this? (nt the BBC, but other production companies)
Of those choices, I think Richard Pearson would have been spot on.
And the Doctor Who reconstructions aren't remakes in the sense that these will be - i.e. a new cast performing the scripts; they have (with a couple of very minor exceptions) been slides matched up with the original soundtracks. (And in later years animation mixed with the original soundtracks.)