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My favourite TV show: Dad's Army

13 May 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dad's Army's ironising approach to national identity made me fall for Britain in a way that only Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony has done since

Dad's Army didn't play well with late 1960s' focus groups. When I interviewed the sitcom's co-creator Jimmy Perry a few years ago, he recalled: "One woman said: 'Haven't we had enough of this old wartime rubbish? And the bald-headed idiot [the great Arthur Lowe] doesn't know his lines!'"

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- Stuart Jeffries

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The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure; Dad's Army; Generation War TV review

11 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Comedy Vaults held a few gems and a lot of stuff that should stay locked away

There was once an ill-conceived chat show called Wrinklies about old people who had led interesting lives. Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum co-creator Jimmy Perry was to host it but, Perry told me once, he had a problem with his guests: "They kept dying before I got to them." The concept was, as Private Frazer would say, doomed.

Nowadays, what with CGI technology and the voguishness of zombie dramas, a chat show guest's death need not be an insuperable problem. Jonathan Ross could introduce a computer-generated Les Dawson to play bad piano. Graham Norton could probe a reanimated Groucho Marx about his new movie until the comedy genius really wished he wasn't undead. Don't give me that pious look you know you'd watch them.

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- Stuart Jeffries

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 draws 8.8m on BBC One

11 May 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Eurovision Song Contest was watched by nearly 9 million viewers on BBC One last night (May 10), according to overnight data.

An average of 8.79m (41.9%) - up from 2013's figure of 7.7m - saw Austria's Conchita Wurst beat the Netherlands' The Common Linnets to be crowned champion.

On ITV, Britain's Got Talent continued with 8.68m (41.1%) from 7pm, with an additional 710k (3.2%) on +1. Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 managed 1.34m (6.1%) afterwards.

Meanwhile, ITV's Amazing Greys attracted 2.05m (9.3%) in the 8pm hour.

Over on BBC Two, Flog It! and Dad's Army managed 1.02m (4.8%) and 1.45m (6.7%) respectively.

They were followed by A Culture Show Special from 8.30pm (352k/1.6%) and Generation War: Our Mothers, Our Fathers at 9.30pm (810k/3.9%).

Channel 4 showed The Day the Earth Stood Still from 7.05pm (720k/3.3%) and Man on a Ledge from 9pm (1.31m/6.1%).

Meanwhile, Channel 5 aired The Battle of Britain, which averaged 847k (3.8%).

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Nighy, Jones Join "Dad's Army" Movie

29 April 2014 1:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are set to lead the cast of a movie adaptation of the classic 1970s BBC sitcom "Dad's Army".

Set in a fictional south-coast English town in 1940, the original comedy ran for nine series and followed the farcical exploits of a Home Guard platoon, a group of local volunteers ruled ineligible for military service due to advanced age or extenuating circumstances.

This platoon would be on the front line in the event of an invasion across the English Channel, but the series mostly got mileage out of its cast of eccentric characters.

In the film version, Jones will play the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, Nighy is set as the dry Sergeant Wilson. "Johnny English Reborn" director Oliver Parker and scribe Hamish McColl will serve in the same capacities on this film, while Damian Jones ("The Iron Lady") will produce.

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Dad's Army to be adapted into film which other sitcoms should be turned into films?

28 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the news that Dad's Army is to be remade as a film starring Bill Nighy and Toby Jones, we take a look at which TV classics should get the big screen treatment

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

Much loved BBC sitcom Dad's Army is to be brought to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy starring as Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson. The film is to be directed by Oliver Parker, responsible for Johnny English Reborn and the St Trinians remake, and original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry is on board as a producer.

Reaction to the news has not been universally positive among Guardian readers:

Nighy and Jones are excellent performers, but no-one will better the chemistry between the original cast members of Dad's Army.

Why remake something which is already perfect? It's like rewriting Hamlet!

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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Dad's Army to be made into (another) movie

27 April 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 28 Apr 2014 - 06:38

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are being lined up for a new take on Dad's Army...

A new modern day take on Dad's Army is heading to cinemas, it's been revealed. The news broke over the weekend that Jimmy Perry, the creator of the show (along with the late David Croft), has agreed to the project, with the Telegraph reporting that it's "on the condition he doesn't have to do anything".

Toby Jones is being lined up to take on the role of Captain Mainwaring in the film, with Bill Nighy set to play Sergeant Wilson. The pair inherit roles originally played by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

Damian Jones is to produce the film, although we don't know yet who's writing and directing it. More as we hear it...

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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

27 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

27 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton & Tom Baker

8 April 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00

In the next part of his series, Alex talks us through the film careers of the second and fourth Doctors, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker...

Read Alex's retrospective on the film careers of William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, here.

Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.

Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen, »

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The Voice UK final tops Saturday ratings for BBC One with 6.6 million

6 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK final topped Saturday night ratings with 6.6 million viewers last night (April 5), according to overnight data.

30.7% of the audience share tuned in from 7pm to see the four finalists battling it out for the show's prize of a recording contract, which was eventually won by will.i.am's protégé Jermain Jackman.

Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway also wrapped up its current series, pulling in 5.74m (26.7%) when it aired at 7pm. An additional 288k caught the episode on +1.

Back on BBC One, 4.93m (24%) watched Kian Egan perform on The National Lottery Live at 9.05pm, followed by long-running medical drama Casualty which pulled in 4.9m (24.6%).

BBC Two's Dad's Army entertained 1.67m (7.64%) at 7.30pm, while The Plantagenets informed 1.14m (5.25%) at 8pm. 1.96m (9.78%) caught up with the latest Formula 1 action at the Bahrain Grand Prix at 9pm.

Phillip Schofield's The Cube attracted 3.33m (15.8%) on ITV at 8.25pm, »

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The Voice in series low but edges Ant & Dec with 5.94m

30 March 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK suffered a series low but still won the night ahead of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, according to overnight data.

The live semi-final, which saw the contestants perform with their coaches, averaged 5.94m (28.3%) from 7pm to 9.10pm on BBC One, dropping below 6m for the first time this series.

ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway edged The Voice head to head live in the 7pm hour but was second best overall, managing 5.84m (27.4%). An additional 347k tuned in on +1.

Afterwards on ITV, The Cube appealed to 3.65m (18.1%), while 9.25pm's Law & Order UK took 1.24m (7%).

The latest instalment of BBC One's Casualty drew 4.99m (27.4%) from 9.20pm.

On BBC Two, Dad's Army and The Perfect Morecambe and Wise attracted 1.76m (8.2%) and 1.39m (6.5%) respectively, before a repeat of The Plantagenets grabbed 1.02m (5.1%) from 8.30pm.

Channel 4's Hostages was watched by 483k (2.3%) from 8pm. It was followed by an airing »

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The Voice first live show tops Saturday ratings with 6.21m on BBC One

23 March 2014 4:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK topped the ratings for its first live show of the current series, according to overnight data.

An average of 6.21 million (27.6%) tuned in to the quarter-finals of the BBC One singing competition from 6.45pm.

After a short break for the National Lottery, the show returned to announce the results of the public vote at 8.50pm, with 5.89m (27.6%) watching as four contestants were eliminated.

Afterwards on BBC One, Casualty's latest episode brought in 5.61m (29%) at 9.25pm.

On BBC Two, Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story attracted 1.43m at 6.40pm, followed by an episode of the wartime sitcom at 7.30pm which entertained 1.75m (7.6%).

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued with 1.39m (6.1%) at 8pm, while history documentary The Plantagenets interested 1.16m (5.48%) at 8.30pm.

Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continued to impress with 6.17m (26.9%) tuning in at 7pm, as well as an added 316k (1.4%) an hour later on ITV+1.

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The Voice UK peaks at 7.7 million for first knockout round episode

16 March 2014 4:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK topped Saturday primetime ratings once again last night (March 15) with an average of 6.7 million viewers and 29.2% of the audience share from 7.25pm, according to overnight data.

The BBC One show's first episode of knockouts peaked at 7.7m, marking an average increase of 1m more viewers than last year's equivalent instalment.

The singing programme was followed by National Lottery: Who Dares Wins with 4.77m (23.5%) at 8.40pm, while 5.17m (27.6%) tuned in to the latest episode of medical drama Casualty at 9.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army attracted the channel's biggest ratings of the evening with 1.7m (7.25%) watching the wartime sitcom at 7.30pm.

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued at 8pm with 1.41m (6.18%), while an episode of Qi quizzed 1.29m (6.74%) at 9.30pm.

ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway held steady in the ratings with 6.5m (28.68%) tuning in to see the Geordie duo prank Holly Willoughby on the set of Surprise Surprise from 7pm. »

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Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander on Rev - the sitcom that has them rolling in the pews

14 March 2014 11:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With none of the otherworldly airs or whisky-soaked vices of stereotyped TV priests, this thoughtful comedy shows the day-to-day reality of a religious calling: 'It's f***ing hard!'

"It was important to us that the priest is not represented as a complete idiot in the show," says Tom Hollander. He's sitting in the over-salubriously wallpapered surroundings of a Soho private members club alongside co-star and on-screen wife Olivia Colman. But they're here to talk about Rev, the thoughtful, slightly careworn sitcom that's returning for a welcome third series. "In previous incarnations," he continues, "whether it was Derek Nimmo or Rowan Atkinson or Father Ted, the priest or vicar is a bit of a twat. Adam Smallbone is the hero, with a very small 'h', of Rev. It's the people around him who are the oddballs."

The Reverend Adam Smallbone is fundamentally decent, but with none of the otherworldly airs of the stereotyped cleric. »

- David Stubbs

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Saturday Night Takeaway catches up but The Voice still tops ratings

9 March 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its highest ratings of the current series so far last night (March 8), according to overnight data.

The third episode of the current 11th series attracted 6.65 million viewers and 28.89% of the audience share when it aired at 7pm on ITV. It gained an additional 356k (1.56%) on +1.

The long-running entertainment show was just 50,000 viewers behind the reigning ratings champion The Voice UK, which once again topped Saturday night's live viewing figures.

The BBC One show pulled in 6.7m (29.3%) as contestants faced off for the second bout of battle rounds at 7pm.

Casualty followed at 9.20pm with 5.03m (24%), while 3.49m (25.9%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army entertained 1.38m (6.01%) at 8.15pm, followed by The Perfect Morecambe & Wise with 1.42m (6.26%) at 8.45pm. War drama 37 Days concluded with 1.27m (6.06%) at 9.15pm.

Back to ITV, Phillip Schofield's The Cube »

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The Voice UK pulls in 6.95 million for Battle Rounds

2 March 2014 3:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.

According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.

In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.

Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

BBC Two's biggest ratings of the evening came from classic sitcom Dad's Army, which attracted 1.95m (6.89%) at 7.15pm.

New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »

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BBC2 gets boost from Winter Olympics but faces testing times ahead

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel turns 50 in April and is set to lose its controller Janice Hadlow, as well as its biggest hit The Great British Bake Off

Basking in the reflected success of Team Gb at the Winter Olympics, BBC2 is on a roll. Home to the BBC's coverage of the Sochi Games, Great Britain's medal haul helped double the channel's all-day share of the audience, eclipsing its far bigger commercial rival, ITV, for two weekends running.

But when the Games end, the questions will begin for BBC2, which was in effect cut in half last year after almost its entire original daytime output was axed to save money, and will lose its controller, Janice Hadlow, next month when she leaves after more than five years in charge.

The channel, which will mark its 50th anniversary on 20 April, has been rejuvenated by Hadlow with a winning mix of drama (Line of Duty, »

- John Plunkett

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Dear Scotland: here are 76 things we'd like to apologise for, love England

20 February 2014 3:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hadrian's wall, Culloden, the poll tax, Jacob Rees-Mogg: yes, England has inflicted an awful lot of angst and pain on Scotland down the centuries – but, look, we still don't want you to leave

1 Sorry for calling every last one of you "Jock". We now know it's offensive, especially if you're a woman.

2 So sorry for the years of heartless Conservative governments that you never voted for that ripped the heart out of the Scottish mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, butchered public services and imposed an unwonted, dismal neo-liberal ethos on a land to which such a callous political and economic philosophy was inimical.

3 And for making you guinea pigs for Margaret Thatcher's disastrous poll tax, inflicting it on you a year before England and Wales, and then – somehow! – forgetting to backdate the rebate for the tax when it was abolished in the early 90s.

4 Sorry for the 1746 Dress Act that banned tartan, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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