British culture as much as fish and chips - and made the double
entendre an art form.
Now, after a
lull and one flop, the Carry On team is back with Carry On London,
slated to start filming early in 2004 with soap stars stepping into
the shoes of Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor.
entertainment correspondent Brenda Emmanus has been meeting the
The launch of the new Carry On film at a House of Commons reception
saw fans, friends and past performers in attendance.
Carry On actress Anita Harris
On movies have created their own heritage", said actress
and singer Anita Harris, "We look up there to Heaven and
it's all happening up there, you know. There's a script and a writer
up there...and all those stars".
pointed up a bitter reality: with so many of the old-stagers dead
and gone, how do you go about reinventing - and recasting - the
genre for a 21st century audience?
Carry On London
hasn't even started filming yet but producers are already trying
to drum up as much publicity as possible.
The first new Carry
On for more than a decade, an array of soap stars, wannabes and
has-beens - including EastEnders Danniella Westbrook and Shaun Williamson
- have already signed up.
I played a complete slapper", said Westbrook, "I'm
looking forward to doing something different, something a bit ballsy
On Photo Opportunity: Danniella Westbrook poses with Iain
And in the strangest
photo opportunity since William Hague wore a baseball cap, she agreed
to pose with Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith - much to the
delight of the paparazzi gathered in the Members Dining Room.
Westbrook is being
promoted as the new Barbara Windsor and insisted she was not trying
to fill the shoes of the Carry On icon and star.
She had not even
read the new script yet, she said, but promised it would be "quite
As if to emphasise
the point, Carry On creator and executive producer Peter Rodgers
is the most important part and if it's funny and basic enough, people
But as the drinks
and the jokes continued to flow, film critic Derek Malcolm added
a cautionary note:
some of the modern people are going to have an awful job to equal
the old boys and girls. I wish them lots of luck...I hope it works
but I have my doubts".
Filming for "Carry
On London", the 32nd in the series, will take place
in 2004 on location in the capital and at Pinewood Studios.
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