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Carry On! Film producer wins nine year legal battle over rights

Carry on, Carry On! Film producer and fan hoping to revive film franchise after he wins nine year legal battle with ITV over trademark rights

  • Man has spent £500,000 fighting for the rights to sell branded Carry On product
  • Mr Brian Baker, a film producer, now hopes to launch a range of Carry On items 
  • The 72-year-old already has the rights to make three new films 

Ooh, matron! It’s 27 years since we last tittered at the camp innuendoes in a Carry On film.

Now the beloved movie franchise could finally return after a devotee of the series won a nine-year legal battle.

Brian Baker has spent close to £500,000 fighting ITV for the rights to sell branded Carry On products. He can now do so, after a series of the broadcaster’s trademark rights were invalidated by the Intellectual Property Office last week because it was not using the brand.

The beloved movie franchise could finally return after a devotee of the series won a nine-year legal battle. Sid James is pictured here with Barbara Windsor in the movie franchise’s heyday

Mr Baker, a film producer, now hopes to launch a range of Carry On items that he hopes will raise money to help revive the franchise – which last hit the screens in 1992’s Carry on Columbus.

The 72-year-old, who already has the right to make three new films, said he will use scripts produced by Carry On founder Peter Rogers before he died – including Carry On London, written in 2006. He said: ‘This ruling means we can carry out Peter Rogers’s legacy and get everything into gear.

‘We’ll be bringing together a new team of actors with their own idiosyncrasies and personalities for the films.’ He said of the proposed movies: ‘They will be adapted to bring it up to modern times. We’ll have to be a bit more politically correct today.’

The Carry On franchise ran from 1958 to 1978 – with a reprise in 1992. Some 31 films were released in total. In its heyday the series starred a regular group of actors including Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Barbara Windsor.

However, several revival attempts have been thwarted by financial and legal difficulties. ITV Studios said: ‘We know the British public love Carry On and we welcome working with anyone interested in keeping this much-loved brand alive.’

 

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