Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker

Thu 24 Oct 8pm - 8:40pm GOLD
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Fri 25 Oct, 7:25pm - 8pm GOLD
Mon 28 Oct, 2:40pm - 3:20pm GOLD
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Review

It will, I can guarantee, take you a few minutes to adjust to new faces and body shapes: that’s Kevin McNally puffing out his cheeks as Mainwaring, Kevin Eldon out of step as Jones and Timothy West gazing into the distance as Godfrey. But you’ll soon relax into the perfect timing of pros, and embrace a project that’s been crafted with care and affection.

The first of three missing episodes sees the platoon try to enable Private Walker (Mathew Horne, an ideal fit) to dodge the draft. An ambitious story that takes us to the War Office, a Tube station and the regular Army is played with verve and total respect for the material.

Summary

Remake of the classic sitcom, featuring scripts associated with missing episodes performed by a new cast. Private Walker, source of the platoon's supplies of whisky, cigarettes and other essential black-market goods, is called up to serve in the regular Army, so Mainwaring decides to use all his standing as an officer and a bank manager to have him excused from military service. Meanwhile, Jones and the others try to ensure that Walker fails his medical. Kevin McNally stars as Captain Mainwaring, with Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Corporal Jones and Mathew Horne as Private Walker.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Kevin McNally
Sgt Wilson Robert Bathurst
Cpl Jones Kevin Eldon
Pte Frazer David Hayman
Pte Walker Mathew Horne
Pte Godfrey Timothy West
Pte Pike Tom Rosenthal
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