Dads Army Bridlington
Bridlington was chosen last year as a key filming location for a new big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series, starring Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Sir Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey, and Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring. Catherine Zeta Jones takes the role of a glamorous reporter tasked with filing a story on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard.
Buildings in Bridlington and Beverly in East Yorkshire were transported back in time for the new film, with pubs and shops transformed into well-known parts of the set.
The longevity of the programme’s success has been attributed to the superb cast of supporting characters along with their catchphrases that have stood the test of time.
Stuart Wright, chairman of the Dad’s Army museum in Thetford, Norfolk, where the series was filmed, said tours of the town still attracted several thousand visitors a year.
A number of the actors from the original series had experienced war. Arnold Ridley, who played Godfrey, had been wounded on the Somme during the First World War.
The film will be set during 1944, when World War II was about to reach its end. In Walmington-on-Sea, Captain Mainwaring’s Home Guard suffers from low morale. This is until a glamorous journalist arrives, to report on the platoon’s exploits.
Meanwhile, MI5 have discovered a radio signal transmitted from Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, apparently the work of a spy, giving the Home Guard a chance to make a real difference in the war
The hit Seventies TV comedy attracted 18 million viewers at its height – and nearly 50 years since it first aired, the new film version of Dad’s Army is attracting huge excitement.
Now, the first trailer has come out ahead of the movie’s release in February 2016 – featuring all-star cast that includes Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Blake Harrison.
And Catherine Zeta-Jones will set pulses racing in her role as visiting female journalist Rose Winters, with the trailer seeing her showcasing her pert bottom in a red skirt suit as she is greeted by wolf whistles