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Dad's Army to be revived on stage
The cast of classic sitcom Dad's Army
Dad's Army was created by David Croft and Jimmy Perry
Classic sitcom Dad's Army is to be revived on stage in a major theatrical production.

The cast for the UK tour will feature former EastEnders star Leslie Grantham as shady wheeler dealer Private Walker.

The show will include two 1969 episodes which went missing from the BBC's archives and have yet to be uncovered.

The edition in which pompous platoon leader Captain Mainwaring uttered the famous line "don't tell him, Pike" will also feature in the production.

Mainwaring, who was played by Arthur Lowe in the TV comedy, made the gaffe when a German officer asks for the name of one of his subordinates after being captured by the unit.

Power-mad

The pivotal role will be played by actor Peter Martin, who has appeared in ITV1 soap Emmerdale since 2001 and was in The Royle Family as neighbour Joe Carroll.

The lost episodes, for which only the scripts now survive, see the platoon trying to give Private Walker flat feet to avoid being drafted into the regular army, as he supplies them with cigarettes and alcohol.

The second sees maudlin Scotsman Private Fraser given a promotion, which turns him into a power-mad despot.

Actor Peter Martin
Emmerdale regular Peter Martin will play Mainwaring

Ed O'Driscoll, the show's producer, said: "We have worked very carefully to stay true to the scripts and the spirit of the show. With the cast we weren't searching for mimics or lookalikes, but actors to reinterpret the roles.

He added they are "delighted" to bring the lost episodes to life for fans who would only have been able to read scripts previously.

The comedy, which charted the bumbling escapades of a Home Guard unit defending a seaside town during World War II, ran from 1969-77 and has been regularly repeated since.

A further two episodes which went missing from the archives were discovered in Australia six years ago.

The stage show will open in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 3 September, and will visit venues around the UK - including Manchester and Cardiff - until spring 2008.

The programme has been adapted for a number of amateur theatrical productions in the past.


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