Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (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... 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)
Pat Roach ...
 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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(26 episodes) (1983-1986) | (14 episodes) (2002-2004)

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Some of the actors' families also starred in the series. Tim Healy's wife Denise Welch appeared as Jean, the new resident of Oz's flat. Kevin Whately (Neville) starred with his daughter Catherine Whately, who played his on-screen daughter Debbie in the second series, and with his wife Madelaine Newton, who played Dennis' girlfriend Christine Chadwick. Jimmy Nail's son Thomas Bradford-Jones also has a small part as Sir James and Celestia Palmer's son Henry in series two, as did his sister Val McLane who played Dennis' sister Norma. See more »

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Neville Hope: Erm... I'll have to ask Brenda...
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The scene with Oz, Dennis and Neville looking over the bows of a cross-Channel ferry is an almost exact copy of a scene at the end of Series 2, which was the final series that Central made in 1986. See more »

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That's Living Alright
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Composed and Arranged by David Mackay and Ken Ashby
Performed by Joe Fagin (uncredited)
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excellent series about brickie pals in Germany
1 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the classic series of the 1980s, 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' works well as an ensemble piece, with every character complementing the other

  • Dennis, the sensible one (Tim Healy), Neville, the nervous one (Kevin


Whatley), Barry, the dumb one (Timothy Spall), Oz, the crazy one (Jimmy Nail), Bomber, the tough one (Pat Roach), Wayne, the horny one (Gary Holton), and Moxey, the boring one (Christopher Fairbank). They're brickies on a building site in Dusseldorf, and the interest comes in watching them survive being thrown together.

Two series appeared in the early eighties, with the series being curtailed by Holton's untimely death during recording of series 2. Almost every episode was a winner - laughs, pathos, camaderie, and a real sense of liking of the characters involved. Well written, with a pair of great theme tunes (sung by Joe Fagin), and a good cast of supporting actors (Michael Elphick turns up now and then, Ray Winstone plays an army man AWOL), this drama really couldn't miss.

And the final couple of series reunited all the characters (bar Wayne - we saw his son Wyman, instead) for more laughs and an ultimately touching finale. Highly recommended and, surprisingly, not dated at all.


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