Dad’s Army

Date: 12/07/2016 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

DA_07552_ABLR[1].jpg Dads army release date 5th Feb 2016 Dadís Armyís all-star British cast includes Bill Nighy as Wilson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually), Catherine Zeta Jones as Rose (Side Effects, Chicago, The Legend of Zorro), Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones (Quartet), Michael Gambon as Godfrey (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Kingís Speech), Blake Harrison as Pike (The Inbetweeners), Danny Mays as Walker (Atonement), Bill Paterson as Fraser (Miss Potter), Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax, Lark Rise to Candleford), Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) , Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Annette Crosbie (What We Did on Our Holiday), Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jonesís Diary, Alan Partridge), Julia Foster (Alfie), Holli Dempsey (Derek), Oliver Tobias (Arthur of the Britons) and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners).

This is our last showing of the season and we plan to make it a special event, with a showing, before the main feature, of an archive film about the Wivenhoe Home Guard, with a voiceover specially composed and spoken by Martin Newell.  We have used a donation from the Wivenhoe News to fund the projection of a unique piece of historical film, about the community, and we would like to thank the Editorial Board for their generosity.

And the main feature?  It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army.  But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low.  Their new mission, to patrol the Dover army base, is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert.  MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea.  There’s a spy on the loose!  The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

Everyone really does look and sound like the originals, and it is a blue-chip team that has been assembled here either side of the camera.  In terms of talent, there’s no doubt that Courtenay, Gambon, Nighy, Jones et al are the SAS, not the Home Guard.  Toby Jones as Mainwaring is wonderful.  Replacing Arthur  Lowe would be impossible, so Jones doesn’t try to. Instead, he crafts a new version of the character, one so recognisable and sad and snowed under with pathos that it’s fit to stand alongside Lowe’s own.  Jones is one of our most gifted clowns, and whether he’s choking on a mouthful of Victoria sponge or just squinting, there’s a precision to his work that’s instantly hilarious.  An innovation is that some of the female characters who we never saw on TV are now brought centre stage, for example, Mrs Mainwaring and Pike’s Mum, who is carrying on with Sergeant Wilson.

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Dad’s Army

Year: 2016

Country: UK

Cert: PG

Duration: 104 mins

Dir: Oliver Parker

'The classic BBC wartime comedy Dad's Army returns'

Venue: William Loveless Hall