Carry On films to make a comeback

Oooh Matron! The hugely popular Carry On comedy series is returning to the big screen after a 24-year absence.

According to reports, two new films are in the works – Carry On Doctors and Carry On Campus.

The films, the first of which is Carry On Doctors, are being written by Tim Dawson and Susan Nickson, who penned the popular BBC sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps.

Nickson said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in perhaps the biggest comedy franchise in Britain. “I grew up watching these films and to be working on this project feels like coming home.

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

The original run spanned 31 films, and made household names of Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Barbara Windsor – among others.

The cast for the new film is still be announced, but Carry On historian Robert Ross, an adviser on the new film, promised it would be “crammed full of beloved comedy actors”.

The release date for Carry On Doctors is not known either, but the second instalment has already been given the title Carry On Campus.

Ross 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.”

The last Carry On film to be released was Carry On Columbus in 1992, starring Jim Dale, Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield and Rik Mayall.

The franchise’s original writer, Norman Hudis, died earlier this year at the age of 93.