Pinewood Studios say they are in talks with former Tory MP Neil Parish over his script for a new Carry On film.
Rank Organisation say they have already signed a deal with Parish and filming for the comic caper should get underway later this year at the Buckinghamshire studios.
The film – titled Carry On Ploughing – is set in the farming community of mid Devon and centres around a young hapless farming lad played by Jim Dale trying to woo the barmaid from the local village pub. Dale tries to impress the barmaid (played by Barbara Windsor) with his ploughing skills and his massive seed planter. But the barmaid’s mother has misgivings about Dale and what he intends doing with his enormous dibber, and has barred the farming lad from the local pub.
Carry On regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey are all said to be on board with the new film and say it is one of the most laughable and implausible scripts they have encountered in Carry On history.
James said he had appeared in nearly 20 Carry On films but the plot for this script was the most ridiculous yet.
Former Tory MP Ann Widdicombe was initially pencilled in to be Windsor’s battle-axe mother, but having met her during rehearsals Rank say she would be better suited to the new Hammer House of Horrors movie set for next year.
Parish said he had been working on the Carry On script while serving as a sitting MP and had even researched farming practices on his mobile phone while still at work. The former Tiverton and Honiton MP added that he had been so keen to get the Rank script ready for filming, he had even visited websites while sitting on the front bench in the House of Commons.
A publicist for Rank welcomed having Parish on board and looked forward to working with him on this and future projects. ‘Neil is Rank through and through,’ he said. ’We think he will fit in nicely with his new stablemates.’
[Central Casting is looking for a replacement for Neil in the long running Whitehall farce, due to end no later than January 2025. Conformity is essential. Lib Dems have other ideas. – Owl]