Carry On series set to return to the big screen

Britain's popular Carry On comedy series is returning to the big screen with two new films after a 24-year absence.

The first instalment, titled Carry On Doctors, will be written by Susan Nickson and Tim Dawson - the duo behind BBC sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps.

Carry On Sergeant was the first film in the series, made back in 1958.

Actor Sidney James with his head through a ladder during filming for Carry on Matron in 1971 (Robert Dear/AP/Press Association Images)
Actor Sidney James with his head through a ladder during filming for Carry on Matron in 1971 (Robert Dear/AP/Press Association Images)

The franchise catapulted stars such as Dame Barbara Windsor, Sid James and Kenneth Williams to fame.

Tim said: "These films are a part of British culture and to be carrying on the legacy of Norman Hudis and Talbot Rothwell is a thrill and a responsibility.

"We intend to be sympathetic to the heritage whilst being unafraid to modernise the franchise for a whole new audience. This is, literally, my dream job."

Susan said she was "thrilled" to be involved in the franchise, having grown up with the series.

Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor (Yui Mok/PA)

"I grew up watching these films and to be working on this project feels like coming home," she said.

"They're peculiarly British but the appeal of the humour and the ever present message that good people always win is absolutely global."

Carry On Doctors is the first in a slate of new Carry On films planned by production company Hereford Films, who will be working in conjunction with Carry On Films Ltd.

Veteran "Carry On" film stars Barbara Windsor and Leslie Phillips at a 40th Anniversary Gala reunion (Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The second instalment is set to be titled Carry On Campus.

Carry On historian Robert Ross is working on the project as an adviser and said: "The saucy world of bedpans and thermometers has been an integral part of the Carry Ons for well over 50 years.

"Now, as the series carries on into the 21st century, Carry On Doctors returns to hospital with a cast crammed full of beloved comedy actors and a hilarious script that will have you in stitches. With a kiss to the past and a firm finger on the pulse, it's time to Carry On. Again."

CEO of Hereford Films and producer Jonathan Sothcott said the new series "isn't a remake or an attempt to reinvent the wheel".

Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor (Hannah McKay/PA)

He added: "We won't be trying to find new Sids or Kenneths - we're looking to create a whole new ensemble of brilliant British comedic actors.

"No stunt casting. No big American stars. This will be British film at its best, as the truly remarkable heritage deserves."

This will be the first Carry On project since Carry On Columbus in 1992.

The new cast and filming dates have not yet been announced.

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