What would Capt Mainwaring say! TV writer blames Dad’s Army for Brexit
What would Capt Mainwaring say! TV writer Daisy Goodwin blames Dad’s Army for Brexit and wants the classic sitcom BANNED from our screens
It harks back to a previous time when Britain stood alone against a dire threat from the Continent.
But the gentle comedy of Dad’s Army has been blamed for influencing our views on Brexit.
Author and TV producer Daisy Goodwin has called on the BBC to ban repeats of the wartime sitcom, which remains one of the nation’s favourites even though it is half a century old.
The gentle comedy of Dad’s Army (pictured) has been blamed for influencing our views on Brexit
Miss Goodwin, 57, who created the ITV drama series Victoria, said: ‘If you really want to nail the BBC for influencing the nation’s state of mind about Brexit, you might look at how often Dad’s Army has been shown on BBC2.
‘The BBC, if it wants to maintain its claim to impartiality, needs to retire the Home Guard (or send them on leave), because in the words of Private Frazer, ‘We are all doomed!”
Author and TV producer Daisy Goodwin (pictured) has called on the BBC to ban repeats of the wartime sitcom, which remains one of the nation’s favourites even though it is half a century old
Writing in Radio Times, Miss Goodwin accused the BBC of ‘getting it wrong’ in the Brexit debate, and suggested it was affecting public attitudes with the repeats, which she claimed attract ten times more viewers than Newsnight.
The sitcom, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn as members of the Home Guard protecting the coast against the threat of a Nazi invasion, ran from 1968 to 1977.
Many of the 80 episodes are frequently repeated.
‘Forget Game of Thrones, Dad’s Army is the show that is embedded in this country’s imagination,’ Miss Goodwin wrote.
‘The world of Dad’s Army is a comforting place – it was reassuring during the mayhem of the three-day week and it’s soothing to those of us who worry about the effects of a No Deal Brexit.
‘But while David Davis may sound like Corporal Jones, Philip Hammond has Sergeant Wilson’s hangdog look about him and there is more than a touch of wide-boy Walker to Boris Johnson, perhaps the Conservatives, indeed the whole nation, need to be reminded that we are not living in Walmington-on-Sea.
‘Our current difficulties will not be resolved with a comic flourish and a jaunty burst of Bud Flanagan.’
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