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"Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" Another Country (1986)

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Upper Class Twits

Author: nephihaha from Scotland
27 January 2012

This is the worst episode in series two, perhaps even all of AWP. (It's a while since I watched series three and four, so I can't compare it with them just now) This is saying something, as series two was much weaker than the original series.

Most of it is taken up with how the lads interact with the local nobs and would-be gentry, who live around Thornley Manor. Most of the upper class characters are one dimensional Hugos and Henriettas, with only Sir James and Celestia having any depth. Cue lines like "Why are you annoying my dog?" and "Someone should throw these people out." You get the picture. We know Oz can be a wee bit coarse and gauche, but shoving him into these scenarios is predictable, and not very clever. The only thing which lightens the mood is Barry's ridiculous spiel about the SDP being the "party of the future" which would make the "class war meaningless" (it ceased to be a year or two after he said this and turned into the Lib Dems). It would have been better if the snobbery was dealt with more subtly (there are some hints of this with the Mrs Bellamy character), which could have been done with better writing perhaps.

That said, Arthur Pringle's in this episode, which was always a bonus in series two. It's interesting to hear exactly how his children turned out. His daughter turns out to be a good character, not just a woman for Wayne laying.

High Point: Oz and Barry going poaching.

Low Point: "What are you annoying my dog for?" – A pointless scene with a cardboard cut-out character. The scene in the Cross Keys is almost as bad.

Look out for: Sir James' son, who's actually played by Jimmy Nail's real life son.

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