Following it’s successful run at cinemas, Dad’s Army was released on bluray and DVD across the UK on Monday 13th June 2016. A significant investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund was integral to bringing the much-loved iconic British comedy to Yorkshire and to the big screen. The feature film shot on location in the region for seven weeks from October – December 2014. Directed by BAFTA nominated director Oliver Parker, the film brings together a stellar, award- winning British cast, including Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison, Daniel Mays & Bill Paterson.
Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire said: “Screen Yorkshire is thrilled to have been instrumental in bringing Dad’s Army to Yorkshire – and for what Yorkshire could bring to Dad’s Army. We are very proud that a beloved institution has been so reverently brought to the screen and congratulate Damian, Olly and Hamish as well as the extraordinary cast.”
Dads Army filming locations:
Bridlington’s Old Town was transformed into the fictional Walmington-on-Sea while South Landing at Flamborough Head formed the backdrop for Walmington Beach.
Other locations used include Danes Dyke, Bempton, Sewerby Hall and East Riding Theatre in Beverley were all used as film locations alongside Scarborough, Leeds, North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Helmsley.
Damian Jones commented, “We had a wonderful experience shooting Dad’s Army in Yorkshire. Its stunning locations give the film an epic scale and the people were beyond helpful.”
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.
Dads Army’s all-star British cast includes: Bill Nighy as Wilson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually), Catherine Zeta Jones as Rose (Side Effects, Chicago, The Legend of Zorro), Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones (Quartet), Michael Gambon as Godfrey (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The King’s Speech), Blake Harrison as Pike (The Inbetweeners), Danny Mays as Walker (Atonement), Bill Paterson as Fraser (Miss Potter), Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax, Lark Rise to Candleford), Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) , Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and Annette Crosbie (What We Did on Our Holiday). They are joined by Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Alan Partridge), Julia Foster (Alfie), Holli Dempsey (Derek), Oliver Tobias (Arthur of the Britons) and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners).
Directed by Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn, St Trinian’s, The Importance of Being Earnest) and written by Hamish McColl (Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Johnny English Reborn), the film is a Universal Pictures International presentation of a DJ Films production, supported by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, in association with British Film Company, Worldwide Theatrix Ltd and Jimmy Perry Productions. Produced by Damian Jones, Dad’s Army has Jimmy Perry, Ann Croft, Penny Croft, Hugo Heppell, Steve Milne, Christian Eisenbeiss, Josephine Rose and Miles Ketley serving as executive producers.
Universal Pictures International, through its division Universal Pictures International Production (UPIP) has acquired worldwide rights to the film. Creative England worked with the production to secure locations, filming permissions and regional crew.