Dad's Army trailer booed by cinema goers
Audiences are outraged at the 'historical inaccuracy' of the teaser for the 2016 film version of the beloved sitcom
Audiences have booed the trailer for the Dad’s Army film over claims that Britain was on the brink of defeat in 1944.
Viewers have blasted the producers of the film for making the historical error. Although the trailer claims Britain was on the verge of losing the war, in reality, the Allies were on the ascent. June of 1944 would see the D-Day invasion that led to the surrender of Nazi Germany.
It has been reported by The Sun that cinema audiences booed the opening voiceover for the film, which is due for release in February.
The voiceover declares that the years is 1944 and “on the brink of defeat our nation has a secret weapon…” before cutting to a clip of the bumbling Home Guard in Walmington-On-Sea.
War historian Antony Beevor described the trailer’s claims as “preposterous”, and said: “by 1944 it was obvious that Germany was going to lose.”
Rob Palmer, who runs the British Military History website, told The Sun: “I’m not surprised there’s been booing.
“It’s insensitive to change history for films when you consider the loss of life. June in 1944 saw the D-Day invasion that led to the surrender of Nazi Germany. It’s a complete travesty to change what happened.”
Universal Studios, the distributors of the film, declined to comment.
The film is a remake of the popular British sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1977, and features a number of established British actors. Toby Jones will play the blustering bank manager turned commander Captain Mainwaring, who was originally played by Arthur Lowe.
The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison will take on the role of the dopey young Private Frank Pike.
Dad's Army is released on February 5, 2016.