Allo! Allo!

BBC (ended 1992)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 6

    A Winkle in Time

    Aired 12/14/92

  • S 9 : Ep 5

    A Fishy Sendoff

    Aired 12/7/92

  • S 9 : Ep 4

    The Fishmonger Float

    Aired 11/30/92

  • S 9 : Ep 3

    René Artois Is Still Dead

    Aired 11/23/92

  • S 9 : Ep 2

    Missing and Presumed Dead

    Aired 11/16/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam Kelly

    Captain Hans Geering (Seasons 1-4, recurring in Season 7)

  • Guy Siner

    Lieutenant Hubert Gruber

  • Kenneth Connor

    Monsieur Alphonse

  • Robin Parkinson

    Monsieur Ernest Leclerc (#2) (Seasons 7 - 9)

  • Richard Marner

    Colonel Kurt Von Strohm

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  • show Description
  • Meet René, the most wanted man in Occupied France: Women want his body. The Resistance wants his brain. And the Nazis want his sausage! In a small café in occupied France the harassed proprietor, René, is fighting his own war. With the German Army in residence at the bar, René is risking his neck to aid the Resistance by hiding two British airmen and a radio transmitter upstairs. As if this wasn't enough, René has also got involved in hiding a priceless painting in a garlic sausage, which even now is being sniffed out by the Gestapo. But René's real problem is his wife, Edith, and what she will do to him when she finds out about the affairs he is having with two sexy waitresses! (BBC)moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (383)

    • (René and Edith are talking to London on the radio in Fanny's room) René (to the radio): Allo, allo! This is Nighthawk. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? Over. Fanny (interrupts): Of course I can hear you. René: Not you! Shut up! Radio: Allo, allo! Pass your message. René (To Edith): What is the code to tell them the British airmen have arrived? Edith: "The little cupboard is full." Fanny : Ah? What is that? René: The little cupboard is full! Fanny (interrupts again): Oh no, no, no. I have not used it all the day!

    • Michelle: Did my men come to fix the radio transmitter? René: Yes, they have put it in the attic room. Edith: It is the room of my mother. René: It is the only place where nobody goes unless they have to.

    • Helga: Do you have an appointment? Herr Flick: I am Otto Flick of the Gestapo. Helga: Oh, you don't need an appointment.

    • Michelle: Is your wife's mother prepared to die for France? René: She's been prepared to die for 30 years but she doesn't go. I think God does not want the aggrevation.

    • (About Edith) René: This is my wife, Edith. I have told her everything. Michelle: Will she talk? René: Incessantly, but not about anything important.

    • Yvette: Oh René, you are so brave. While you were there, I lit candles! René: You were praying for me? Yvette: We had a power cut.

    • (René misunderstands Captain and Colonel's conversation) René: Oh, no! Not the pliers and the rubber hose! I will tell you everything I know!

    • Michelle: Where are the two British airmen? Edith: They are hiding in the room of my mother. Michelle: And the forger? René: He is disguised as a piano player. Edith: He plays for me when I sing for the customers. René: He is a very bad pianist but when my wife sings nobody notices. The customers stuff cheese in their ears.

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    Notes (150)

    • 50 minutes long.

    • A number of the French accents on display in this episode are a bit different to what we became accustomed to, particularly those of Rene (Gorden Kaye), Helga (Kim Hartman) and Michelle (Kirsten Cooke), but this can be explained away as it was recorded around 18 months before the first series.

    • This premiere episode introduces the following regular actors: Gorden Kaye (René), Carmen Silvera (Edith), Vicki Michelle (Yvette), Francesca Gonshaw (Maria), Richard Marner (Colonel von Strohm), Sam Kelly (Captain Hans Geering), Guy Siner (Lt. Gruber), Kim Hartman (Helga), Kirsten Cooke (Michelle), Richard Gibson (Herr Flick), Rose Hill (Fanny), Jack Haig (Leclerc), John D. Collins (Airman Fairfax) and Nicholas Frankau (Airman Carstairs).

    • Later rebroadcast on September 7, 1984 to lead into Season 1.

    • Michelle gives Rene the ring containing a suicide pill. Later in the episode, the Colonel gives him two more similar rings. Rene suggests to the Colonel that they could have a copy made of the "Fallen Madonna" painting, one to give the Gestapo, with the original safely hidden away till the war is over. This begins an ongoing plot that would run right through to the final episode.

    • Rene calls his wife a "silly old bat" for the first time. He also tells her mother to "shut up". The two combined would become a memorable catchphrase of the show.

    • Lisa Anselmi is uncredited.

    • In this episode, Hans discovers that putting cheese in one's ears makes Edith's singing sound less terrible. This would go on to become a recurring gag from now on.

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    Trivia (47)

    • It was noted by Guy Singer that the first lines to the shows theme, London Calling, were

      "'Allo 'Allo, we meet again,
      And just as before..."

      In this episode, Edith sings the lyrics of the last verse

      "We loved, we parted as fate had arranged;
      Now there you stand and nothing has changed.
      And so it goes, the same refrain, the final encore,
      You are my love, my only love,
      Once more!"

    • Goof: Leclerc says Madame Fanny has blown the door off the wardrobe, yet when we go upstairs, it's on the hinge where it should be.

    • after about 18 min in the episode, Rene runs out the kitchen in order to look like he's dead. While running outside he touches a wall and you can clearly see it moving.

    • We see Herr Flick's headquarters are located in a very posh chateau. The building is guarded by several armed sentries, using secret passwords to ensure only the right people get in.

    • Goof: As Hans tells the Colonel that Gruber is very handsome, Richard Marner can't help but let out a little unintentional smile.

    • Goof: It is meant to be between one and two o'clock in the morning during the location scenes, and yet it is rather light. This is obviously due to day-for-night filming.

    • Herr Flick has a large knockwurst sausage left over from his plan, so he arranges a candle-lit dinner with Helga at Cafe Rene. It must be cooked for precisely 22 minutes and 30 seconds

    • Goof: The cafe is closed at the beginning of the episode, and yet the sign on the door has the 'open' side facing outwards.

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    Allusions (15)

    • Colonel Von Strohm: All the RAF has been shot down. Captain Hans Geering: Goebbels said so on the wireless, so it must be true. Mind you, he said Eva Braun was 29. If you believe that, you'll believe anything. Hitler's female companion Eva Braun was 28 years old at the start of the war, so Goebbels may have been right about her age.

    • While trying to intercept the Resistance's broadcasts to London, Von Smallhausen accidentally picks up regular BBC programmes. He has to smile when he hears Tommy Handley. Handley was the star of "It's That Man Again" (or ITMA), the most successful comedy show during World War Two.

    • The British airmen can't get any new uniforms from London as all spare uniforms are being used for "F For Freddy". This refers to a 1941 propaganda film, better known as "Target For Tonight". It tells the story of a RAF bomber crew and uses real footage from night raids.

    • Episode title: Pretty maids all in a row
      The title refers to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry´s movie of the same name.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1963 film call "the Great Escape" (starring Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, etc.) in which several hundred British prisoners of war plan a mass escape. An absolute classic movie.

    • Gruber: I like Berlin in June. How about you? Helga: I like a Mozart tune. How about you? Gruber: I'm mad about books, I cannot get my fill. Helga: And Adolf Hitler's book? Gruber: They give me a chill. The opening lines are adapted quotes from the 1941 song "(I Like New York in June) How About You?", written by Burton Lane and Ralph Freed.

    • Carstairs: It's like the Marie Celeste here. Fairfax: I didn't know you had a classic education. Carstairs: I saw the film. The Marie Celeste was the famous ship found abandoned by its crew in 1872. Carstairs probably refers to the 1935 film "The Mystery of the Marie Celeste" starring Bela Lugosi.

    • (Fairfax thinks his parents would have a fit if they knew he was in jail) Carstairs: How will they know? It's not going to be in The Tatler. The Tatler is a British society magazine for the upper classes, originally founded in 1709 by Sir Richard Steele. From the 1940s to the late 1960s, the magazine was titled Tatler & Bystander and was filled with news and pictures of high society balls, charity events, race meetings, shooting parties, fashion and gossip.

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  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • Listen very carefully. I shall say this only once!

    By frosty_ice, Jan 16, 2011

  • I still love watching this show!

    By ihavenotwin, Nov 05, 2008

  • The best show ever!

    By GiX_MiX, Aug 05, 2008

  • This is some of the funniest comedy ever. Classic tv... :-)

    By nofeartina, Jun 03, 2008

  • Unbelievable...

    By Vathy, Feb 23, 2007

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