Fans of Dad’s Army will know it is set in a fictional seaside town on the south coast - but today it was announced that the hapless Home Guard is making a move to God’s Own County.
Although those behind the film have not yet revealed the Yorkshire locations where they will be filming but there has been a suggestion Bridlington could be set to play a starring role.
Diane Davison, the co-owner of the Georgian Rooms on High Street, set to be one of the exteriors used for filming, said: “They are going to dress our windows but most of the filming will be done in the street. I just think it is great for the Old Town.”
Jeweller Carlo Verda, who lives on High Street - down whose narrow street a tank is reputed to have rolled during WW2 chewing up the wooden cobbles - said he only found the area when he took a wrong turn: “It’s got lots of character. People are always amazed how interesting it is.”
Now the leading cast have been confirmed to include Hollywood A-lister Catherine Zeta-Jones as well as Bill Nighy, Sir Michael Gambon, Toby Jones and Sir Tom Courtenay among over big names.
Zeta Jones will play a journalist sent to report on the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard before MI5 finds that a German spy is operating in the fictional British town and other actors include Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison as Private Pike and Danny Mays as the spiv Walker and there are roles for Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.
The original Dad’s Army series ran from 1968 to 1977, attracting 18 million viewers at its height, and the original cast made a film in 1971.
Filming for the feature length movie is due to start filming in November entirely in locations throughout Yorkshire and, fingers crossed, Bridlington.