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.