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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

11 November 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Öl, kvinnor och tegel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

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Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the actors' families also starred in the series. Tim Healy's wife Denise Welch appeared as Jean, the new resident of Oz's flat. Kevin Whately (Neville) starred with his daughter Catherine Whately, who played his on-screen daughter Debbie in the second series, and with his wife Madelaine Newton, who played Dennis' girlfriend Christine Chadwick. Jimmy Nail's son Thomas Bradford-Jones also has a small part as Sir James and Celestia Palmer's son Henry in series two, as did his sister Val McLane who played Dennis' sister Norma. 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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Crazy Credits

The scene with Oz, Dennis and Neville looking over the bows of a cross-Channel ferry is an almost exact copy of a scene at the end of Series 2, which was the final series that Central made in 1986. See more »

Alternate Versions

Series 2 - Hasta La Vista - The start of the disco scene has had about 90 seconds cut. These scenes include: Shots of the lads dancing, Moxey telling the lads he is thinking of staying out in Spain for good, Oz pulling the bird, and Oz recognizing the Copper. The scene does not really make sense with this cut. Note, "The Fine Young Cannibals" is played in the background for all this cut scene, copyright complications prevented its inclusion. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #6.11 (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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