'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)
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The British Are Coming 

World War II is raging, but in the French village of Nouvion, café owner Rene Artois wants only a quiet life, plus some slap and tickle with his waitress Yvette behind his sour wife Edith's... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Sam Kelly ... Captain Hans Geering
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
Francesca Gonshaw ... Maria Recamier
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Roger Leclerc
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny
John D. Collins ... Flying Officer Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau ... Flying Officer Carstairs
Guy Siner ... Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kim Hartman ... Private Helga Geerhart
Richard Gibson ... Herr Otto Flick
Richard Cottan Richard Cottan ... Claude


World War II is raging, but in the French village of Nouvion, café owner Rene Artois wants only a quiet life, plus some slap and tickle with his waitress Yvette behind his sour wife Edith's back. To this end, he keeps in with two German officers who are regular café patrons, Kurt Von Strohm and Hans Geering. He is therefore alarmed when Michelle of the Resistance declares his house a safe house for two British airmen who have been shot down and who don't speak a word of French. He is also to host Roger Leclerc, a forger and old flame of his mother-in-law Fanny, who was sprung from jail by the Resistance but, due to a misunderstanding, mistakes Hubert Gruber, a German officer who turns out to be gay and fancies René, for the forger. Geering and Von Strohm discover the hidden British airmen, but when Herr Otto Flick of the Gestapo arrives, they agree to help. This is because Flick is after a favourite painting of Hitler's, "The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies," which they wish to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | History | War


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[Herr Flick has arrived to see the Colonel]
Helga: Do you have an appointment?
Herr Flick: I am Otto Flick of the Gestapo.
Helga: Oh, you don't need an appointment.
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Spoofs Secret Army: Weekend (1978) See more »


Under the Bridges of Paris
(Sous les Ponts de Paris)
Music by Vincent Scotto
French lyrics by Jean Rodor
English lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Performed by Jack Haig and Carmen Silvera
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Not many were better then Allo Allo.
5 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

What baffles me is why it took two years for the full series to follow this wonderful pilot episode. It's funny watching it now as some of the jokes didn't seem to land fully here, Michelle of the Resistance's listen very carefully for example, zero laughter here, and yet I and others would fall about for years to come.

The language barrier is one of the key jokes, with The British airmen speaking in these wonderful RP accents.

Super funny, wonderful slapstick, terrific use of misunderstanding, and of course in typical British fashion making a funny situation out of a scenario that in reality was hell on Earth.

A tremendous start. 10/10

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Release Date:

30 December 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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1.37 : 1
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