Bridlington is set for Dad’s Army launch

Filming of Dad's Army in Bridlington NBFP PA1446-16p
Filming of Dad's Army in Bridlington NBFP PA1446-16p

The new Dad’s Army film will be marching into Bridlington on the official release date at Forum Cinema.

The cinema, on The Esplanade, Bridlington, will be screening the British war comedy from 5 February, when the film is released country-wide.

The release of the film has been highly anticipated by residents of the town following filming in the area.

Bridlington was featured heavily in the official trailer of the film as the Old Town High Street was transformed into the fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea.

Niels Swinkels, Managing Director of Universal Pictures International UK & Eire said: “We are proud to bring Dad’s Army to cinema audiences early 2016. This feature film re-imagining of the characters from the original comedy series, which remains a cultural heritage, is sure to please all audiences.

“We cannot wait to see sold-out cinemas enjoy the antics of timeless creations like Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and their platoon and discover other characters both familiar and new.”

Filmed at a number of locations in Yorkshire including Flamborough, Beverley and Whitby, the film saw residents and visitors flock to the streets to catch a glimpse of filming in action.

Stars such as Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison and Bill Paterson have appeared in the film. Directed by Oliver Parker, it is set in 1944, after the events depicted in the television series. The story sees Catherine Zeta-Jones play a glamorous journalist, who is sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon. This is all before MI5 discovers that there is a German spy, hiding in the fictional British town.

The original TV show ran from 1968 to 1977 featuring more than 80 episodes.

The official premiere of the film is to take place on Tuesday 26 January at Leicester Square.