Lost Dad’s Army episode to be released as an animation

Doomed? The lost episode will be available next month. Picture: BBC
Doomed? The lost episode will be available next month. Picture: BBC
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A LONG lost episode of the much-loved British comedy series Dad’s Army is set to be released as an animation on the BBC online store.

The episode titled ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ was originally broadcast nearly 47 years on March 29, 1969 but, due to the BBC’s more lax approach to archiving in those days, the episode was wiped from the tape and had become one of the series three ‘lost episodes’.

A Dad’s Army fan submitted an audio recording of the episode to the BBC seven years ago and the tape is now being made into a animation which is set to be released on the BBC Store on February 4.

‘A Stripe For Frazer’ sees Captain Mainwaring promote Scottish officer Private Frazer to the rank of Lance Corporal, which places him in direct competition for the Captain’s favour with Lance Corporal Jones.

Interest in celebrating Dad’s Army has increased since the announcement of a feature set for release next month - starring actors such as Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Micheal Gambon and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The BBC showed We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, the story behind the making of the series, over the Christmas period - which proved popular with both audiences and critics alike.

There are no plans so far to screen ‘A Stripe For Frazer’ on television, but it will be available to buy from the BBC’s new online shop.

Dad’s Army ran from 1968 to 1977 and has become a show regularly named as one of the greatest sitcoms ever.