A pilot for a sequel to Dad's Army, "It Sticks Out Half a Mile", was recorded for BBC Radio in 1981 with Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. In it, Mainwaring moves to another seaside resort in 1948. He wants a loan with the local bank manager and discovers that this is Wilson. He wants to buy the local pier, closed since the war, and attempts (with Wilson's help) to buy it off the council. It was not transmitted (Lowe was very ill during the recording and died soon afterwards) but the pilot is sometimes repeated on the digital radio channel BBC4Extra. With some re-working "It Sticks Out Half a Mile" did become a radio series. In it, Hodges and Pike decide to restore the pier at Frambourne-on-Sea and approach Wilson for the loan. Le Mesurier, Bill Pertwee and Ian Lavender reprised their roles. The series aired on Radio 2 in 1983 to 1984, and is often rerun on BBC4Extra it was also re-worked for television in the form of ITV's High & Dry (1985).
Don't panic! Don't panic!
In the first episode, Sergeant Wilson mentions that he served as a Sergeant in the Royal Artillery during the First World War. But, in the last episode, he appears in his old uniform as a Captain.