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Three Long-Lost Dad's Army Episodes Get the Remake Treatment

By Gary Cutlack on at

Unfortunately, Dad's Army is going to be in the news and on the TV even more than usual soon, as niche UK repeats specialist channel Gold has acquired three scripts for lost episodes of the comedy and plans to reshoot them with an all-new, live-action cast, seeing as CG recreations of the original members is far beyond the budget of the UKTV channel.

The three episodes haven't been seen since they were first broadcast in 1969, thanks to the BBC of the day being fond of reusing tapes to record other things on and melting them down just to get high on the fumes, as no one realised back then that such archive material would would be of interest and could continue to rake in the royalties 50 years on.

The estates of co-writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft have agreed to pass on the scripts for the three lost episodes – The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire – to UKTV, so the hunt is now on to find cast members able or willing to bring the ancient characters back to life, ahead of a screening in 2019 to mark the episodes' 50th anniversary of first being shown. [The Times]