Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon

Date of birth: 04-12-1960
Kevin Eldon started on the stand-up circuit in the early Nineties performing as the political poet Paul Hamilton, and occassionally he still performs the character at one-off live events.

However, it is for his TV work that he is best known, having taken part in many of the most critically-acclaimed comedy shows of the Nineties and Noughties.

One of his earliest collaborations was with Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, appearing on their Fist Of Fun series on radio and TV, and the follow-up This Morning With Richard Not Judy. He also regularly works with Chris Morris, appearing in Jam, Brass Eye and Nighty Night.

Other significant roles include Julia Davis' cancer-ridden husband Terry in Nighty Night, a key member of the team on the Big Train sketch show and the lead role of York in BBC Two sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive.

But his full list of credits reads like a 'best of' list of British comedies, with supporting roles in Smack The Pony, I'm Alan Patridge, Spaced, Black Books, 15 Storeys High, Look Around You, Saxondale, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle and more.

Outside of comedy, his credits include Scrope in the BBC adaptation of Robin Hood.

His debut solo show, Kevin Eldon Is Titting About, premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, and won the Chortle Award for best show the following year.

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Comedians join Dad's Army cast

Tom Rosenthal. Kevin Eldon and Mathew Horne sign up for the platoon

The full cast has been revealed for the remake of the missing episodes of Dad’s Army – with Tom Rosenthal. Kevin Eldon and Mathew Horne joining the platoon.

As Chortle reported in November,  Kevin R. McNally is to play Captain Mainwaring in the three episodes, which have not been seen since their original broadcast in 1969 as the BBC wiped the tapes.

Now the Gold channel, which is remaking the episodes, has revealed that Eldon will be playing Lance Corporal Jones, Horne will be Private Walker and Rosenthal will be Pike.

David Hayman, from Trial and Retribution and Taboo  will be  Private Frazer, while as previously announced Cold Feet’s Robert Bathurst will be playing Sergeant Wilson  and Bernard Cribbins is mild-mannered Private Godfrey.

The remakes will use the original scripts, which were written for the second series of Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The epsiodes being recreated are: The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire.

McNally is no stranger to dusting down old comedy episodes, having played Tony Hancock in remakes of the dour comedian’s shows on radio, TV and stage 

He said: ‘Now look here men, HQ tells me that three episodes of Dad's Army have gone missing. And it has fallen to us to step in and replace them. 

‘I have been asked to double for Captain Mainwaring and daunting as that may be, I accept the responsibility and look forward to leading the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in three last pushes against the Jerries. I hope you'll join us and enjoy the ride.’

Bathurst previously played the man who played Wilson, John Le Mesurier,  in the 2011 BBC biopic Hattie, about the actor’s second wife Hattie Jacques.

He said: ‘ I've played soldiers before, but find I handle guns with all the bloodcurdling authority of Sergeant Wilson. I'm looking forward to playing him.

‘I hope we can honour Croft and Perry's lost episodes. It's a celebration of their writing, with understudies.

Cribbins, 90, added: ‘What a way to start the New Year. Back in khaki again - just like I was in 1947.’

Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes will air on Gold in 2019 to celebrate 50 years since the episodes were first broadcast.

The classic sitcom was remade as a film two years ago with Toby Jones as  Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Wilson and Michael Gambon as Godfrey.

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Published: 16 Jan 2019

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Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Kevin Eldon is Titting About


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