Toby Jones admits that he was daunted about taking on Arthur Lowe’s role as pompous Captain Mainwaring in the forthcoming film version of classic sitcom Dad’s Army.



“It was nerve-wracking and one long panic station,” Toby tells TV & Satellite Week. “But I kept looking around at the other actors and thinking, ‘They seem all right, they have all agreed to do it and no one is laughing at me to my face, except in the right way.’ So you have to draw comfort from that!”



Toby, who also appears in Fox’s spooky thriller Wayward Pines in May, will play the no-nonsense head of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard alongside Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey, Daniel Mays as Private Walker and Blake Harrison as Private Pike.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Alison Steadman will also star in the film, which will be released in February next year.