Allo Allo

‘Allo ‘Allo! is a BBC television British sitcom that was broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising eighty-five episodes. The story is set in a small-town café in German-occupied France during the Second World War. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the wartime drama Secret Army. ‘Allo, ‘Allo! was created by David Croft, who also wrote the theme music, and Jeremy Lloyd. Lloyd and Croft wrote the first six series. The remaining series were written by Lloyd and Paul Adam.

German Colonel Von Strohm is on good terms with René but exploits the café to hide a stolen painting (the oft-mentioned Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klomp) he plans to sell after the war for his retirement. Unfortunately Hitler also wants the painting and has sent Gestapo agent Otto Flick to find it. But the Germans aren’t René’s only problem.

The French Resistance, led by Michelle, force him to aid their persistent attempts to return two bumbling British airmen to England and all the time René must keep secret from his wife his long-running affairs with his two waitresses or risk losing his cherished café. An innovative trick was the portrayal of languages, with French characters speaking English in a French accent whilst the ‘English’ had an upper-class twang.

Hence the poor French of Englishman Crabtree (disguised as a gendarme) could be depicted by his serial mispronunciations, especially his famous greeting “Good Moaning”. It’s the best known of a raft of catchphrases (Michelle’s “Listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once” coming a close second).

The comedy maintained a large number of subplots and returning characters (including the camp Lieutenant Gruber, undertaker Monsieur Alfonse and forger Leclerc), cheerfully revelling in a bawdy ‘picture postcard’ humour.

Cast (main characters)
Name Character
Gorden Kaye René Artois
Carmen Silvera Edith Artois
Vicki Michelle Yvette
Kirsten Cooke Michelle
Jack Haig M Leclerc
John D Collins Flying Officer Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau Flying Officer Adamson
Richard Gibson Otto Flick
Kim Hartman Helga
Richard Marner Col Von Strohm
Guy Siner Lieutenant Gruber
Rose Hill Mother
Arthur Bostrom Crabtree
Kenneth Connor M Alfonse
Francesca Gonshaw Maria
Sam Kelly Capt Hans Geering
Hilary Minster General von Klinkerhoffen
John Louis Mansi Von Smallhausen
Sue Hodge Mimi La Bonque
Gavin Richards Capt Alberto Bertorelli

Seasons / episodes

Season 1

René Artois tries to run his cafe in Nouvion, an occupied French town during World War II. Broadcast from 1982 - 1984

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Allo Allo season 2

Season 2

The second series contains six episodes which first aired between 21 October and 25 November 1985

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Allo Allo season 3

Season 3

The third series of the British sitcom series 'Allo 'Allo! contains six episodes which first aired between 5 December 1986, and 9 January 1987.

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