Dad’s Army movie to be filmed on historic railway

Catherine Zeta Jones, who is among a stellar cast of UK talent signed up to star in the big-screen version of Second World War sitcom Dad's Army.
Catherine Zeta Jones, who is among a stellar cast of UK talent signed up to star in the big-screen version of Second World War sitcom Dad's Army.
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A big-screen adaptation of popular Second World War sitcom Dad’s Army will be filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in December.

The director of the movie, which has a stellar line-up of UK talent including Catherine Zeta Jones and Bill Nighy, was scouting locations in the area on Tuesday.

The crew hopped on a steam train in Pickering and travelled along the heritage railway line, stopping off at Goathland and Grosmont.

The visit comes just days before the railway commemorates World War II in its Railway in Wartime weekend.

Danielle Ramsey, the railway’s marketing manager, said: “We have had so much filming here this year. It’s great film crews are visiting the railway and we hope that it continues.”

World War I movie Testament of Youth, starring Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington and Dominic West, was filmed on the historic railway earlier this year. It has also been used as a backdrop for a Ted Baker advertising campaign, as well as a location for the Harry Potter movies, Heartbeat and a Bollywood film, which was shot at Goathland Station.

In the new Dad’s Army movie, directed by Oliver Parker, Ms Zeta Jones will play a journalist sent to Walmington-on-Sea to write about the men’s exploits and sees the hapless volunteers in search of a spy.

The cast for the film, based on the hugely popular TV show, includes Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones and Michael Gambon as Godfrey. Toby Jones has already been announced in the role of pompous bank manager Captain Mainwaring - played by Arthur Lowe in the original - and Bill Nighy, who visited Whitby earlier this year, will play his deputy, Sergeant Wilson. Other cast members include Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison as Private Pike and Danny Mays as the spiv Walker and there are roles for Sarah Lancashire, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.

Screen Yorkshire chief executive, Sally Joynson, said: “It doesn’t get much better than this - a truly iconic series, a fabulous cast with some the cream of Britain’s acting talent - and all set in the stunning landscapes of Yorkshire.”