John Laurie of Dad’s Army isn’t impressed with the iconic BBC series ‘Load of rubbish.’
According to reports, DAD’S ARMY star John Laurie was “unimpressed” with the BBC comedy show’s script and told show writers Croft and Perry that he didn’t think it would make it past the first season.
Dad’s Army fans were given an inside look at the ups and downs of making the iconic BBC series during a recent Channel 5 documentary.
The Secret Lives of Dad’s Army followed the casting of the magnificent seven, their rivalries, and the series’ conclusion.
After being approached to star in the show, Scotsman Private Fraser star John Laurie was reportedly unimpressed with the script and had little faith in its success.
Despite the fact that it has been 50 years since the BBC show first aired, Dad’s Army is still one of Britain’s most popular sitcoms.
Sergeant Wilson was to be played by John Le Mesurier, who was seen as natural BBC material for the part and was the first to be cast.
Arthur Lowe, who had previously appeared on ITV’s Coronation Street, was chosen by writer Jimmy Perry for the role of Captain Mannering.
However, the popular soap had given him the opportunity to showcase his talent for playing characters with a variety of accents, and he was quickly cast on the show.
The cast’s two lynchpins were soon in place, and the focus shifted to the rest of the ensemble.
John Laurie, a veteran Shakespearean actor, was approached to play Private Fraser, a wild-eyed Scotsman, but he wasn’t impressed when he first read the script.
“We’re doomed, doomed!” he exclaimed.
“During the script meeting that the actors had, John Laurie was going around to the writers saying, ‘This is a load of rubbish,'” Graham McCann, author of Dad’s Army: The Story of a Very British Comedy, said.
“This isn’t going to get past the first series, and they just built that sense of doom into Fraser, and as a result, it really built up the part.”
Clive Dunn played Lance Corporal Jones, and the magnificent seven were completed by Ian Lavender as Private Pike, Arnold Ridley as Godfrey, and James Beck as Walker.
Dads Army: The First Season is the first season of Dads Army.
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