One of the only remaining cast members of the classic series, Dad’s Army, is to reveal some of the secrets behind one of the most popular TV successes of all time.
This national chat show tour, More Tea Vicar? comes to Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, on Sunday, July 6, at 2.30pm.
The originators of the series, David Croft and Jimmy Perry, chose Frank Williams to create the role of the eccentric vicar who was always slightly tetchy as he tried to come to terms with the elderly platoon’s invasion of his beloved church hall.
“It’s been simply wonderful to be part of something so special,” said Frank. “Although I have spent many years in various film and television roles, being part of Dad’s Army is hard to beat. When we started all those years ago, Ian Lavender and I were the youngest members of the cast. It’s odd now that we are the only two left.”
Even after 40 years the series continues to pull huge viewing figures.
While still best known as the vicar, Frank has appeared in more than 30 feature films.
Frank isn’t put off by the controversy about fewer opportunities for older actors.
“I’ve just done a feature film and also a TV pilot with Robert Lindsay, and I’m part of a TV Comedy Legends cruise later in the year. I’ve told my agent that a small part in Casualty or Downton next would be quite fun. I’m not ready to hang up my hat yet!”
Recently invited to Clarence House for a special reception given by Prince Charles and Camilla; Dad’s Army has long been a favourite of the Royal family, and with plans for a new Dad’s Army feature film, perhaps the golden age of television isn’t quite over yet?
Call 01342 302000.