'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)
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The British Are Coming 

World War II is raging, but in the French village of Nouvion, café owner Rene Artois wants only a quiet life, plus some slap and tickle with his waitress Yvette behind his sour wife Edith's... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Sam Kelly ... Captain Hans Geering
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
Francesca Gonshaw ... Maria Recamier
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Roger Leclerc
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny
John D. Collins ... Flying Officer Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau ... Flying Officer Carstairs
Guy Siner ... Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kim Hartman ... Private Helga Geerhart
Richard Gibson ... Herr Otto Flick
Richard Cottan Richard Cottan ... Claude


World War II is raging, but in the French village of Nouvion, café owner Rene Artois wants only a quiet life, plus some slap and tickle with his waitress Yvette behind his sour wife Edith's back. To this end, he keeps in with two German officers who are regular café patrons, Kurt Von Strohm and Hans Geering. He is therefore alarmed when Michelle of the Resistance declares his house a safe house for two British airmen who have been shot down and who don't speak a word of French. He is also to host Roger Leclerc, a forger and old flame of his mother-in-law Fanny, who was sprung from jail by the Resistance but, due to a misunderstanding, mistakes Hubert Gruber, a German officer who turns out to be gay and fancies René, for the forger. Geering and Von Strohm discover the hidden British airmen, but when Herr Otto Flick of the Gestapo arrives, they agree to help. This is because Flick is after a favourite painting of Hitler's, "The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies," which they wish to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | History | War


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René: This is my wife, Edith. I have told her everything.
Michelle Dubois: Will she talk?
René: Incessantly. But not about anything important.
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Spoofs Secret Army: Weekend (1978) See more »


Under the Bridges of Paris
(Sous les Ponts de Paris)
Music by Vincent Scotto
French lyrics by Jean Rodor
English lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Performed by Jack Haig and Carmen Silvera
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A brilliant start to the series
20 February 2020 | by roboh-1See all my reviews

It is amazing how much is fit into just one episode. We are introduced to almost all of the major cast, and immediately get a picture of what makes them tick. Many of the running gags from the series are there on display. And the basic stories that stretched through most of the series, that of the missing painting and the stranded British airmen, kick off right here.

And there is still time to get some great laughs in as well. Highlights are Rene and Gruber's first interaction at the cafe, the struggle between the French and English to communicate, and Hans hiding the cuckoo clock.

Truly, the perfect start to a wonderful series!

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Release Date:

30 December 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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1.37 : 1
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