‘Carry On’ film franchise set for return

The 'Carry On' series is making a comeback

Carry On is set to return to the big screen after a 24-year absence.

Two new films in the long-running comedy series, which began with Carry On Sergeant in 1958, have been announced: Carry On Doctors and Carry On Campus.

The original franchise made Sid James, Kenneth Williams, and Dame Barbara Windsor household names.

Producers said the forthcoming Carry On movies will stick close to spirit of the earlier films.

Carry On is a national treasure: the most successful British comedy film series of all time,” said Jonathan Sothcott of Hereford Films. “We are making a new entry in the series with love and care: it isn’t a remake or an attempt to reinvent the wheel.”

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.”

Carry On Doctors will be written by Susan Nickson and Tim Dawson, best known for their 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 last Carry On film was 1992’s Carry On Columbus. Release dates for the new films are yet to be announced.