Who's in the running to play the female Captain Mainwaring?
The military upbringing, the posh voice, the gift for slapstick, Middle England’s favourite female clown is the perfect fit for the hapless captain.
A terrible snob and queen of the withering put-down as Sybil Fawlty, Scales would surely relish Mainwaring’s catchphrase “You stupid boy”.
It’s about time the much-loved bespectacled stand-up had a go at acting. Her cosy but cutting image could make for a thoroughly modern Mainwaring.
One of the most gifted comic actresses around, Staunton would capture Mainwaring’s bluster with flare.
Brisk, well-spoken and ever-so-slightly superior, the comedian could be a leftfield choice.
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