Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes Page 6

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes. Image shows from L to R: Captain Mainwaring (Kevin McNally), Sergeant Wilson (Robert Bathurst), Lance Corporal Jones (Kevin Eldon), Private Frazer (David Hayman), Private Godfrey (Timothy West), Private Pike (Tom Rosenthal), Private Frazer (David Hayman). Copyright: UKTV.

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes

Remakes of three original, now lost, Dad's Army episodes

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 29th August 2019, 3:20pm
  • England
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Quote: Aaron @ 29th August 2019, 1:26 PM

Modern HD TV can portray a wider range of colours than SD TV of the 1960s and 70s.

Things were so much simpler in the B&W days. Pleased

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Sitcomfan64

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 12:04pm
  • England
  • 550 posts

Finally caught up with the first one and enjoyed it immensely. McNally does a fine Mainwaring and Bathurst really captured that superior air of Wilson. Eldon as always was on top form. The only sour note for me is that Matthew Horne was completely miscast as Walker, none of the spiv attitude at all

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 1:00pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,570 posts

I've just watched episode one and I give it an unqualified "thumbs up".

Not every character is identical to the original but I don't think we could ever have expected them to be: the overall production is excellent and the Perry and Croft script still shines despite its age of 50 years.

One thing's for sure: it's vastly superior to a great many modern-day "comedy" programmes that have graced our TV screens.

Super stuff! Laughing out loud

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Aaron

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 1:43pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 1st September 2019, 1:00 PM

the Galton and Simpson script still shines

You sure you watched it?!

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 8:17pm [Edited]
  • England
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Quote: Aaron @ 1st September 2019, 1:43 PM

You sure you watched it?!

D'oh! I see what I did there! :$

(Original post now edited in order to give credit where it's due)

I've just watched episode two which contains one of the funniest jokes I've ever heard in a sitcom.

I didn't see it coming and even when it had come and gone, it took me a moment to realise that there had actually been a joke - and an exceedingly good one.

I wonder how many viewers missed it? (Yes, I know - probably just me!)

In any event, I think they've done an absolutely marvellous job of recreating these missing episodes.

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 9:05pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,570 posts

The missing episodes are funny, but these outtakes run them close!

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 1st September 2019, 9:37pm
  • Aldershot, England
  • 5,852 posts
Quote: Rood Eye @ 1st September 2019, 9:05 PM

The missing episodes are funny, but these outtakes give them a run for their money!

Those were the only clips I've seen of these remakes and it does make me want to get them on DVD when they come out. Surprised at how close the actors sound to the original characters, the ones I heard speak.

Constant corpsing by an actor is usually a sign they aren't concentrating or taking it seriously enough, as it looked here. He seems to be too intent on enjoying himself. I know these are light hearted remakes but actors can get very annoyed when one of them keeps cocking it up, as it makes it harder for them to focus.

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Rood Eye

  • Monday 2nd September 2019, 11:37pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,570 posts

Having now watched all three missing episodes, I have to say I enjoyed each of them every bit as much as I've ever enjoyed an original episode.

And that is praise indeed!

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Nil Putters

  • Monday 9th September 2019, 6:54pm
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,687 posts

I thought they were brilliantly done, with obvious love.

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TonyT

  • Saturday 14th September 2019, 9:18pm
  • Barnsley, England
  • 136 posts

Dire. Absolute dire. And the cast was wrong in the main.