In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.
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 René Artois (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Edith Artois (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Yvette Carte-Blanche (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Colonel Kurt von Strohm (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Private Helga Geerhart / ... (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Lieutenant Hubert Gruber (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Michelle Dubois (82 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Herr Otto Flick (79 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Madame Fanny (78 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Officer Crabtree (74 episodes, 1985-1992)
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 Flying Officer Fairfax (64 episodes, 1982-1992)
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 Flying Officer Carstairs (64 episodes, 1982-1992)
Louis Mansi ...
 Herr Engelbert von Smallhausen / ... (63 episodes, 1985-1992)
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 Mimi Labonq (62 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Monsieur Alfonse (62 episodes, 1984-1992)
Hilary Minster ...
 General Erich von Klinkerhoffen / ... (59 episodes, 1984-1992)
Jack Haig ...
 Roger Leclerc (51 episodes, 1982-1989)
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René Artois runs a small café in France during World War II. He always seems to have his hands full: He's having affairs with most of his waitresses, he's keeping his wife happy, he's trying to please the German soldiers who frequent his café, and he's running a major underground operation for the Resistance. Quite often, the Germans' incompetence itself is what nearly lands René and his cohorts in hot water; they are not helped either by the locals, who are dreadfully keen to get rid of the Germans, but their blatant and theatrical attempts at espionage and secrecy often create problems that René must solve quickly. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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30 December 1982 (UK)  »

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Allo 'Allo!  »

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(44 episodes) | (6 episodes) | (32 episodes) | (3 episodes)

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There is a restaurant on the Great Square of Kortrijk in Belgium named "Bistro Allo Allo" after the series. The inside of the restaurant is decorated with black and white photos of a few of its most hilarious scenes. See more »

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At the end of each episode there is a list of "Cast in order of appearance", but on several occasions, the order of the list does not reflect the actual order in which the actors appear in the episode. In season 5, there are even some episodes where actors are credited in the list without appearing in the episode. See more »

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[Maria has disguised the airmen as waitresses, so René mimes to them that they must not go upstairs with the Germans]
Flying Officer Carstairs: [turning to Fairfax] What was all that about?
Flying Officer Fairfax: I think he means that if Hitler comes in and wants us to go upstairs with him, we're not to go.
Flying Officer Carstairs: Is he like "that," then?
Flying Officer Fairfax: Oh, yes.
René: [to the others] And they must not speak.
[Rene turns to the airmen and mimes that they must be silent]
Flying Officer Carstairs: What does that mean?
Flying Officer Fairfax: Well, if we do go upstairs with Hitler, we're not to tell anyone.
Flying Officer Carstairs: Well, it's hardly ...
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Classic piece of British comedy
22 February 2001 | by (Caerphilly, Wales) – See all my reviews

David Croft has to be seen as one of the greatest British comedy writers ever. He was the writer for 'Dad's Army', 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum' and 'Are You Being Served?'. Although not as good as 'Dad's Army', 'Allo 'Allo' is a fine piece of work. Set in war-time France, this show made use of stereotypes of Germans, Frenchmen and Brits. Gorden Kaye gave a tremendous portrayal of unwilling hero, Rene, but the fine cast doesn't stop there. Carmen Silvera (Edith), Guy Siner (Gruber) and the fantastic Arthur Bostrom (Crabtree) also played their parts well. The show was 'Carry On'-esque, unashamedly camp and full of sexual innuendo. I think it is impossible not to hear Crabtree with his customary greeting of 'Good Moaning!', without laughing. Demand from the American market saw the series stretched a bit further than it could manage, but 'Allo 'Allo recovered. The repeats are certainly worth watching.


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