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Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

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Franc Roddam
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2004   2002   1986   1984   1983  
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Timothy Spall ...  Barry Taylor 40 episodes, 1983-2004
Jimmy Nail ...  Oz Osborne 40 episodes, 1983-2004
Tim Healy ...  Dennis Patterson 40 episodes, 1983-2004
Kevin Whately ...  Neville Hope 40 episodes, 1983-2004
Christopher Fairbank ...  Albert Moxey 39 episodes, 1983-2004
Pat Roach ...  Bomber Busbridge 36 episodes, 1983-2004
Gary Holton Gary Holton ...  Wayne Norris 26 episodes, 1983-1986
Julia Tobin 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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Trivia

Jimmy Nail had done a spell of manual work in Germany himself, before filming the series. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Neville Hope: Erm... I'll have to ask Brenda...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

A rather curious expurgated version of both series 1 & 2 was aired on ITV in 1988. Each 55-minute episode was cut down into two separate programmes, edited for pre-watershed viewing (no swear words, nude scenes or striptease artist) and shown twice-a-week at 7-7.30pm. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drama Connections: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Get It Right!
13 December 2006 | by CosmicDwellingsSee all my reviews

Get It Right - this must be the best TV Comedy-Drama of all-time! From the origins of it's classic first series in 1983 and it's equally enjoyable and 'troublesome' second series through to the welcoming third and fourth series after a 16-year gap, and the final special in 2004 - it's all such glorious stuff from a cast and crew of brilliant writers, directors and actors.

The characterisations are superbly crafted and it's very hard not to love these guys who at one point represented the turmoil of Maggie Thatcher's working-class Britain. There are many wonderful episodes to be viewed throughout the series that not only will have you rolling off the couch, but also reaching for the odd hankie or two.

A much-deserved Award-winner!


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Release Date:

11 November 1983 (UK) See more »

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

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Color

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