Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are set to lead the cast of a movie adaptation of the classic 1970s BBC sitcom "Dad's Army".
Set in a fictional south-coast English town in 1940, the original comedy ran for nine series and followed the farcical exploits of a Home Guard platoon, a group of local volunteers ruled ineligible for military service due to advanced age or extenuating circumstances.
This platoon would be on the front line in the event of an invasion across the English Channel, but the series mostly got mileage out of its cast of eccentric characters.
In the film version, Jones will play the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, Nighy is set as the dry Sergeant Wilson. "Johnny English Reborn" director Oliver Parker and scribe Hamish McColl will serve in the same capacities on this film, while Damian Jones ("The Iron Lady") will produce.
The original series placed fourth in a 2004 BBC poll to find Britain's best sitcom. It came in ahead of "Fawlty Towers" (#5) and "Yes Minister" (#6) but behind "Only Fools and Horses" (#1), "Blackadder" (#2) and "The Vicar of Dibley" (#3).
The show's co-creator David Croft also went on to create other famous British sitcoms of the 1980s including the Nazi-occupied France-set "'Allo 'Allo" and the department store-set "Are You Being Served?".
Source: The Guardian