We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (BBC Two)

krish

Distinguished Member
On TONIGHT at 9pm ...
60-minute scripted comedy drama about how the legendary creators of Dad's Army - Jimmy Perry and David Croft - overcame BBC management scepticism, focus groups and cast constipation to get the much-loved legendonto air.

Running from Perry's initial idea in 1967 until the transmission of the first episode in 1968, this affectionate and witty film shows the beginnings of Perry and Croft's writing partnership and the casting woes, personal clashes and production difficulties that put the show's very existence in jeopardy. It reveals to fans and newcomers alike what went on behind the scenes in the making of the classic sitcom Dad's Army and is a true love letter to British creativity.
The long-awaited Dad's Army movie - staring Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring and Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson - is set to hit cinema screens in February 2016.

But before that comes a one-off BBC Two drama We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story which shows how writers Jimmy Perry (Paul Ritter) and David Croft (Richard Dormer) overcame BBC management scepticism to bring the hit sitcom to the screen.

Among the other famous names in We're Doomed! are Julian Sands as John Le Mesurier (Sgt Wilson), Mark Heap as Clive Dunn (Corporal Jones), Shane Richie as Bill Pertwee (ARP Warden Hodges), and Kevin Bishop as James Beck (Private Walker, the cockney spiv).
 

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
I liked it, particularly how it showed some things about the actors e.g. Arthur Lowe's insecurity and how the actor who played private Godfrey had been inviladed out of both world wars.
 

Garrett

Moderator
its repeated on BBC2 10.20pm tonight if anyone missed it.
 

tom 2000

Distinguished Member
Very watchable. The paint on VW Beetle was well faded.
 

Garrett

Moderator
Very watchable. The paint on VW Beetle was well faded.
Them were not the normal wheels on it, wonder why they let the paint work fade then put sports wheels on it.
Pic of normal wheels.
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tom 2000

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Them were not the normal wheels on it, wonder why they let the paint work fade then put sports wheels on it.
Pic of normal wheels.
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I thought they used the first (cheap) Beetle they found. Or is it Beatle?
 

Trollslayer

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It's a Bug (in officiando speak) as it has the flat windscreen.
I have a couple of relatives into VWs.
 

Garrett

Moderator
It's a Bug (in officiando speak) as it has the flat windscreen.
I have a couple of relatives into VWs.
You been watching too much of Herbie:D
I had 2, first decent cars(as apposed to a clapped out banger) I had before I went though my sports car phase.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
I heard there was a lot more of artistic license taken than usual for this type of thing but I still enjoyed it.

Bri
 

krish

Distinguished Member
Great article about Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey) ...
As the film version of Dad's Army is released at cinemas across the country, BBC News looks at the life of Arnold Ridley, the only actor in the original television series to serve in both World War One and Two.

Unlike the character he played, the gentle medic Private Charles Godfrey, who was a conscientious objector in World War One, Ridley experienced hand-to-hand fighting in the trenches and was seriously injured by a German wielding a bayonet.

On Desert Island Discs in 1973, the playwright and actor described his first stint in the Army as "those dismal days" but added: "You know, memory is a strange thing. After a lapse of time, even the most miserable set of circumstances, roses seem to grow round them a little bit."

Roses, though, did not grow around his memories of World War Two, and although he could talk about his service in the first war, the "mental suffering" he experienced meant he would not speak of his time in the second.

He said: "To recount events, I would have to relive them. I am too afraid."
Desert Island Discs (1973)
Roy Plomley's castaway is actor and playwright Arnold Ridley.

Favourite track: Tannhäuser (Overture) by Richard Wagner
Book: Bradshaw's Railway Timetable
Luxury: Wine-making kit
This Is Your Life (1976)


Apparently, the force is strong in his family too.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
Is the animation any good on that? I got the Power Of The Daleks blu last week. I have to say I wasn't that impressed with the quality.

Bri
 

krish

Distinguished Member
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