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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Näkemiin vaan, muru  »

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

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Trivia

There was no love lost between executive producer Allan McKeown and Jimmy Nail. McKeown said that Nail was a 'nightmare' to work with during the second series. McKeown said that Nail suddenly thought he knew everything there is to know about filming and would often demand his lines be changed and would tell the director how to film a scene. McKeown confessed that during the filming of the second series, he thought Jimmy Nail was an "a***hole". The pair haven't spoken to each other since 1985. See more »

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The Russian characters in series 3 speak Russian with Balkan accents. See more »

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Neville Hope: Erm... I'll have to ask Brenda...
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The last ever episode (at the end of Series 5) is dedicated "In memory of Pat Roach, 1937-2004": Roach, who played Bomber, had died of cancer a few months earlier. See more »

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Referenced in Mark Lawson Talks to...: Timothy Spall (2010) See more »

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That's Living Alright
(end credits - season one)
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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