Tuesday 19 February 2019
Timothy West CBE (Brass, Toast of London) is set to star as the incredibly kind Private Godfrey in Gold's upcoming remake of Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes.
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.
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.
West will be stepping into the role after original cast member Bernard Cribbins sadly had to step down from the production for personal reasons.
The three episodes being recreated for Gold are from the original second series and titled The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire. Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes will use the original scripts written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes will air on Gold later this year.
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Kelly Phelps, Publicist, UKTV
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