Dad's Army is a British war comedy film, remake of the classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army (1968). The new film adaption looks set to stay true to the beloved seventies TV show, which ran for nine series during the 1970's, and saw Captain Mainwaring and his troop embroiled in all sorts of unlikely and hilarious exploits, MailOnline reported. It`s the second attempt to translate Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s adored 1970s show for the cinema.

The big screen take on Dad's Army arrives in cinemas in 2016, and we get our first proper glimpse of it right here.

The film, based on the iconic British comedy, has been directed by Oliver Parker, a BAFTA award-winning. The all-star cast is unbelievable and the film brings together a stellar, award- winning British cast and has been written for the big screen by Hamish McColl and produced by Damian Jones. The movie features Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tony Jones, Michael Gambon, Tom Courenay, Blake Harrison, Bill Paterson and Daniel Mays. And it would be fair to say that they have some big boots to fill, if they want to come close to the majesty of the TV show that the new film is based on,  Denofgeek tells us.

You be able watch the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Bill Nighy bring the classic back to life, or bumbling Godfrey, played by Michael Gambon, and Nighy's Captain Mainwaring recreating those classic TV moments. It really could be the film fans have been waiting for, The Mirror reported.

Dad’s Army movie will be set in 1944, after the events depicted in the television series. The story will see Catherine Zeta-Jones play a glamorous journalist, who is sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon. This is all before MI5 discovers that there is a German spy, hiding in the fictional British town.

The synopsis reads: 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 then – 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.

Dad's Army (BBC, 1968 -77) is one of a handful of TV comedies that fully deserves its 'classic' status. Dad's Army was the creation of one of the most successful British television comedy writing and production teams, Jimmy Perry and David Croft. They created 81 half-hour episodes, between 1968 and 1977, with audiences of 18.5 million in the early 1970s. Purely in terms of its sustained popularity the show is without equal - no other UK show dating from the 1960s can still command a primetime.

Dad's Army features the comic ineptitude of a Home Guard platoon in Walmington-on-Sea, an imaginary seaside resort on the south coast of England. The Land Defence Volunteers were formed in 1940 as a reserve volunteer force comprising men who did not meet the standards of age and fitness required for regular military service. These units were soon officially re-named The Home Guard, but they also attracted the somewhat derisory nick-name of "Dad's Army".

Dad's Army TV Comedy has influenced popular culture in the United Kingdom, with the series' catchphrases and characters being well known. It highlighted a forgotten aspect of defence during the Second World War, although it greatly distorted the true history and function of the Home Guard. The humour of Dad's Army derives from a combination of ridiculous task or crisis situations, visual jokes and a gentle mockery of English class differentiation.

Dad's Army is particularly significant in its comic treatment of English class tensions. Although Dad's Army is comic because it mocks such pretension, it is essentially a nostalgic look back to a social order that never existed in this form. 

The characters of Dad's Army and their catchphrases are well known in the UK due to the popularity of the series when originally shown and the frequency of repeats. His ability to effortlessly generate laughs is due to a combination of superb character writing and performances from a universally excellent cast - a pairing that continues to keep Dad's Army's many catch phrases in common currency.

A huge cache of catchphrases from the show clicked with viewers, notably Mainwaring's 'Stupid boy', aimed, with a withering look, at Pike; Wilson's effete dispensing of military orders, such as 'Would you mind awfully falling into three lovely lines?'; Frazer's exaggeratedly Scots-accented 'We're doomed'; Hodges' heartfelt, 'Ruddy hooligans!'; Godfrey's 'Would you mind if I was excused?' as his ageing bladder necessitated yet another trip to the loo; and Jones's four gems, 'They don't like it up them', 'Handy-hock!' (German for 'Hands up!'), 'Permission to speak, sir!', and the perversely alarming 'Don't panic!'.

The Radio Times magazine listed Captain Mainwaring's 'You stupid boy!. among the 25 greatest put-downs on TV.

The unmistakable voice of Bud Flanagan singing 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?', a cod-Second World War propaganda sing along written especially for the show (by Jimmy Perry), introduced Dad's Army, the zenith of the British broad-comedy ensemble sitcom. 

The Home Guard (initially "Local Defence Volunteers" or LDV) was a defence organisation of the British Army during the Second World War. Operational from 1940 until 1944, the Home Guard – comprising 1.5 million local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service. These men were either too young to join the services, were in reserved occupations or were too old to join the services - hence the nickname "Dad's Army". Their role was to act as a secondary defence force, in case of invasion by the forces of Nazi Germany and their allies. They were to try to slow down the advance of the enemy, even by a few hours in order to give the regular forces time to regroup. The Home Guard continued to guard the coastal areas of the United Kingdom and other important places such as airfields, factories and explosives stores until late 1944.

Home Guard soldiers operate a 'Blacker Bombard' spigot mortar during training at No. 3 GHQ Home Guard School at Onibury near Craven Arms in Shropshire, 20 May 1943 [H 30181 © IWM]


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