Labour MP Ian Murray has called for the BBC to reboot classic sitcom Dad’s Army in order to celebrate women during the First World War.
During a Westminster debate yesterday paying tribute to the “overlooked” contributions made by women during the Great War, the MP for Edinburgh South made the suggestion.
To quote Hansard, Murray said: “Perhaps, if someone from the BBC is watching, they might want to change “Dad’s Army” to “Mum’s Army” and make a new comedy series about the contribution of women to the war effort.”
The original Dad’s Army did once have an episode called “Mum’s Army”, in which the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard tried to introduce women volunteers into the platoon. During this Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) begins to fall in love with and has a Brief Encounter-style relationship with one of the new recruits. The episode is considered one of show’s most poignant.
The debate yesterday was partly focused on the work of Dr. Elsie Inglis, a surgeon and suffragist, who helped to set up 14 field hospitals, staffed mainly by women, across Europe during WWI. Today marks the centenary of her funeral.