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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Series cast summary:
...  Barry Taylor 40 episodes, 1983-2004
...  Oz Osborne 40 episodes, 1983-2004
...  Dennis Patterson 40 episodes, 1983-2004
...  Neville Hope 40 episodes, 1983-2004
...  Albert Moxey 39 episodes, 1983-2004
...  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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At least twenty five actors/actresses have sadly passed away since the first series was made in 1983. The most notable are Gary Holton (Wayne), Pat Roach (Bomber), Caroline Hutchinson (Vera), Michael Elphick (McGowan), Lex Van Delden (Helmut Fischer) and Michael Sheard (Herr Grunwald). See more »

Goofs

Most of the German location shots in Series 1 were filmed in Hamburg, not Dusseldorf. One of the giveaways is that many of the cars have HH (Hamburg) number plates. See more »

Quotes

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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Why Aye Man
(end credits - season three)
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Mark Knopfler
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Television doesn't get any better than this
26 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm writing this 5 episodes into the first BBC screening of the new (third) series. After a 15 year break, I was sceptical that the old magic of this classic series would no longer be there. My fears were unfounded. This is British TV at its very best. The writing is as superb as it ever was back in the 80s. The six surviving main characters, the new seventh `lead' (replacing the late Gary Holton's character, as his son) and all the supporting characters are just excellent. Ten out of ten, no question. I'm taping the entire series and once it finishes I'm going to have a night in with a six-pack and watch the whole lot right the way through again from start to finish. Let's hope that the rumoured fourth series also comes to fruition.


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