Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Season 2, Episode 1

The Return of the Seven: Part 1 (21 Feb. 1986)

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The boys have returned from Germany and gone their separate ways. Dennis has set up his own business, Oz has been to the Falklands and back, Neville is unemployed, Wayne has entered a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Holton ...
Tim Healy ...
Pat Roach ...
Julia Tobin ...
Val McLane ...
Lesley Saint-John ...
Simon Smith ...
Pippa (as Samantha Davis)
Julie Etherington ...
Peggy Ann Wood ...
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The boys have returned from Germany and gone their separate ways. Dennis has set up his own business, Oz has been to the Falklands and back, Neville is unemployed, Wayne has entered a disastrous marriage, Moxey has been in prison, and Bomber has returned to wrestling. Written by salim

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Oz, Barry and a friend can be seen running on an Argentine minefield in the Falkland Islands near the beginning of this episode. Although some of the minefields have been cleared in the Falklands, many still remain uncleared to this day; as it would be simply too labour intensive to remove all of them. An additional problem is that the mines were placed in peat, which can slip and flow when waterlogged. This makes them harder to remove from than normal soil. Despite this only a handful of civilians have been injured since the end of the war, and only one or two have been killed. All are fenced off and clearly signposted like the one in this scene, and are well known to the locals. See more »


The camera man can be seen reflected in the door of the phone box when Wayne leaves. See more »


Oz: You know the reason I left this country in the first place, divvn't you, eh? I'll tell you. In a word, Margaret bloody Thatcher, that's why. Because I'd had it, I was up to there with what she'd created. Bloody wasteland. Desolate. Nae joy, nae hope, nae nowt. Where kids get to 21 and have never done a day's work in their life. Honest men have to go out thieving to feed their families. Young bairns can buy heroin in the bike sheds at school. Oh, dear. But I thought, "Nah, nah, nah. It's got to ...
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Never Mind the Set Up
23 January 2012 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's an unconvincing excuse for a reunion, but maybe it was one we all wanted to see. The first half is taken up with the lads reminiscing, scenario setting etc, but there is one mildly entertaining scene set in the Falklands (Probably one of the few dramas involving the Falklands, which doesn't involve the war or soldiers - at least not directly). Things get a whole lot more convincing when Oz turns up about half way through and gives his political lecture on "Fascist intimidation".

There are some good lines dotted about: "Always seemed strange to me, all those seven foot American Negroes playing for Milton Keynes," "What do you expect to find up there? Eh? A striker for Newcastle United?" and "They'll probably be in the Bel and Dragon, drinking penis coladas til dawn." Unusually, there's a good scene with Moxey in the prison - "Didn't have a lot in common with him... except acne." Moxey suffered from weak writing in most of series two, but his character works here. I've always felt a lot more could have been done with the Trev character as well.

In some ways though, this is mostly a TV episode, i.e. for people who hadn't seen the previous series for at least a few months before. If you're watching this these days, you're either seeing it on DVD (with series one) or on some digital channel (in which case they'll probably be showing them back to back.) There's too much set up, too much flashback, too much nostalgia... Watch it to get into series two, but don't bother with repeated viewing.

High Point: Oz on Thatcherism.

Low Point: Bloopers, lots of them. I don't just mean the ones that anoraks pick up, but some really obvious ones. A lot of the outdoor scenes have spectators, and I don't just mean Barry on the intercom.

Look out for: Pippa, played by a little known Sammi Davis; "I want this done by nightfall, even if it takes til tomorrow morning!"

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