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Dad's Army headed to big screen with Toby Jones

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Story by Jack Foley

A FILM version of classic BBC TV comedy Dad’s Army is reportedly in the works.

According to The Sunday Times, Toby Jones is to play the ironic role of Captain Mainwaring with Bill Nighy joining him as Sergeant Wilson.

The report goes on to state that Oliver Parker, who made Johnny English Reborn, St Trinian’s and Othello starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, will direct from a script by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Producer Damian Jones is quoted as saying that the “universal appeal” of Dad’s Army had convinced him that a new film could work.

The series, which ran from 1968 to 1977, followed a squad of eager but incompetent townsfolk as they prepared to defend Britain from a possible German invasion during World War II.

It came fourth in a BBC vote to find Britain’s best sitcom in 2004 and continues to be regarded as one of Britain’s greatest TV comedies.

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