The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »

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 Barry Taylor (40 episodes, 1983-2004)
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 Oz Osborne (40 episodes, 1983-2004)
Tim Healy ...
 Dennis Patterson (40 episodes, 1983-2004)
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 Neville Hope (40 episodes, 1983-2004)
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 Albert Moxey (39 episodes, 1983-2004)
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 Bomber Busbridge (36 episodes, 1983-2004)
Gary Holton ...
 Wayne Norris (26 episodes, 1983-1986)
Julia Tobin ...
 Brenda Hope (22 episodes, 1983-2004)
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The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and are thrown together by virtue of shared nationality and a run-down wooden hut. The story follows the lads' relationships with women, Germans and each other, and their attempts at passing the time away from home, saving money and ordering food in a German curry house. The series ends with new employment legislation forcing some of the Brits having to choose between the UK and their new-found pleasures abroad. Two years later the gang are reunited for a second series, in which they travel to Wolverhampton to rebuild both the "magnificent seven" and Barry's home for his impending marriage. A further offer of work sees the lads head to a Derbyshire stately home in need of refurbishment. Here they fall foul of an irritable pub landlord, suspicious locals, a less than enlightened employer and the Inland ... Written by Mike Cryan

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11 November 1983 (UK)  »

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(26 episodes) (1983-1986) | (14 episodes) (2002-2004)

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A third season was originally planned soon after the second series completed, to be set in Moscow, seeing the lads rebuilding the British Embassy, but it was declared too expensive, and the other actors did not want to carry on without Gary Holton, so the third series did not go ahead until it was picked up by the BBC some 15 years later. The rebuilding of the British Embassy was later used as the premise of the fourth series. See more »

Goofs

Most of the German location shots in Series 1 were filmed in Hamburg, not Dusseldorf. One of the giveaways is that many of the cars have HH (Hamburg) number plates. See more »

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Neville Hope: Erm... I'll have to ask Brenda...
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Final Episode of Series 3: "The Transporter Bridge Is Still In Middlesborough" - so convincing were the digital effects of the dismantling and reassembling of the bridge, many people in the UK were reported to have visited Middlesborough to check the bridge was still in place. See more »

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Referenced in Movie Connections: The Commitments (2007) See more »

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Breaking Away
(opening titles - season one)
Composed and Arranged by David Mackay and Ian La Frenais
Performed by Joe Fagin (uncredited)
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Just about the best TV series I've seen.
30 July 2004 | by (Lancaster, UK) – See all my reviews

I remember watching the first series of this as a 12 year old boy with my parents and loving every minute of it. 20 years later I own all four series on DVD and still enjoy them as much as I did the first time round. Lets be honest, how many programmes can we honestly say that about?

The first series was pure genius. Relatively unknown actors proving you don't need big names to make some of the most watchable, amusing and heartwarming television around. Since then of course many of the actors have gone on to be household names.

The second series was also great, probably as good as it could ever have hoped to be. The third and fourth series in my opinion aren't as good and I feel have suffered by moving to the BBC. They seem too clean cut and professional, something the lads were never intended to be. However, I still find them very watchable, but that is mainly down to the characters created in the early 1980's.

I doubt there'll be any more episodes now that bomber (the wonderfully understated Pat Roach) is no longer with us. To me this is the end of a TV era.


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