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An Enigma Variation 

René and his personnel have to impersonate the Excelsior Quartet at the château.


Richard Boden


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Guy Siner ... Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kim Hartman ... Private Helga Geerhart
Richard Gibson ... Herr Otto Flick
John Louis Mansi John Louis Mansi ... Herr Engelbert von Smallhausen
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny
Sue Hodge ... Mimi Labonq
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Roger Leclerc
Kenneth Connor ... Monsieur Alfonse
Arthur Bostrom ... Officer Crabtree
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... General Erich von Klinkerhoffen


Colonel von Strohm wants the two paintings that are hidden in a statue at the château. He tells René and the staff of the café to pretend to be the Excelsior Quartet who are scheduled to play at the château and at the right moment steal the paintings out of the statue. The resistance also wants them to steal something, namely the Enigma machine the Germans recently acquired. Mimi, hidden in the double bass case, will take care of this. Herr Flick and Von Smallhausen are also going to the château disguised as serving maids because Herr Flick thinks some of the guests might be involved in the plot to blow up Hitler. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Music by Richard A. Whiting (uncredited)
Lyrics by Leo Robin (uncredited)
Performed by Arthur Bostrom
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That's an early Cuckoo.
19 February 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The paintings are located inside a statue in the rooms of General Von Klinkerhoffen, a party hosted by him is the perfect opportunity to pinch them, a plan to get them is put into action, only things don't go smoothly.

It's so physically funny, it genuinely does contain some real laugh out loud scenes. The cast look hilarious, Madame Edith in her suit, Rene complete with moustache in a dress.

It is one of the funniest of the series with some great moments,.it has gotten more and more outrageous as it's gone on. Monsieur Leclerc playing the bass back to front, Ken Morley's camp character, and of course the walking piano. The Cuckoo clock was so funny.

At times this series has felt a bit tired, the fact that it's basically too long, that hasn't been the case with the last few, it has been at the very top of it's game. Hopefully the finale is as good.

Great. 9/10

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4 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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