Dad’s Army star heads for Bognor Regis

Frank
Frank

Dad’s Army Vicar Frank Williams invites you to join him for an afternoon of television nostalgia in More Tea, Vicar? at Bognor’s Regis Centre on Sunday, July 24 at 3pm.

David Croft and Jimmy Perry chose Frank 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. Join Frank as he celebrates a lifetime on stage, TV and film.In a trip down memory lane, Frank offers a glimpse behind the scenes and stories of the celebrated cast of Dad’s Army and a host of other TV classics such as Emergency Ward 10; All Gas & Gaiters; Morecambe & Wise; The Two Ronnies and many more.

More Tea Vicar? is produced and presented by Chris Gidney, the author of more than 25 showbiz biographies: “Everybody loves Dad’s Army,” said Chris. “Even after 40 years the series continues to pull huge viewing figures becoming one of the all-time classic greats of television, and it bridges the age gap like no other. People from all ages love More Tea Vicar? because it’s very interactive. We even invite the audience to be part of it and they can ask questions. Frank is a master at describing the most hilarious off-screen happenings. However, Dad’s Army is only a small part of Frank’s career, and as he embarks on an entertaining journey down memory lane, he relives some of the fascinating and hilarious highlights of a film, stage and television career spanning over 50 years.”

Frank said: “I’m looking forward to talking about the strange and remarkable things that the audience never see, like the time we were filming an episode of Dad’s Army and nearly got flattened by a runaway steam train, or when I watched myself on live TV being operated on in Emergency Ward 10 in the comfort of my own home.

“I don’t do live theatre any more apart from my More Tea, Vicar? show. It’s a job learning lines these days…

“My advice to anyone wanting to be an actor is ‘Don’t, unless you are totally committed.’ The thing I love most about being an actor is being part of a congenial company. The thing I least enjoy about being an actor is not knowing where the next job is coming from.”

Whilst still best known as the vicar from Dad’s Army Frank has worked with many of the greats including Tommy Cooper, Harry Worth, Dick Emery and Morecambe & Wise and appeared in more than 30 feature films including three with Norman Wisdom. His numerous other television series count some of the early days of TV including The Army Game, All Gas & Gaiters, Monty Pythons Flying Circus and You Rang M’Lord?

Tickets on 01243 861010 or online at www.regiscentre.co.uk.

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