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The Gateau from the Chateau 

The balloon crashes and the airmen end up back at the cafe,disguised by moose heads. General Von Klinkerhoffen assumes control of the whole area, thereby making many enemies. The Resistance... See full summary »


David Croft


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Francesca Gonshaw Francesca Gonshaw ... Maria Recamier
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Sam Kelly ... Captain Hans Geering
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... General Erich von Klinkerhoffen
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
Jack Haig Jack Haig ... Roger Leclerc


The balloon crashes and the airmen end up back at the cafe,disguised by moose heads. General Von Klinkerhoffen assumes control of the whole area, thereby making many enemies. The Resistance hate him for obvious reasons but Von Strohm,Geering and Flick also feel undermined by his presence. Therefore,at a party he is organizing to mark the Kaiser's birthday,plans are made to kill him,involving poison - in the pill by the till in the jug with the drug - and dynamite hidden in a birthday cake - the candle with the handle in the gateau from the chateau. The poison actually turns out to be aspirin and the candle seems likely to explode and kill everybody so Rene tips a bucket of sand over it,explaining to Von Klinkerhoffen that it was done as a respectful gesture to mark the Kaiser's birthday. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | History | War







Release Date:

26 December 1985 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because this installment was originally broadcast as a Christmas special and has a longer running time than usual, it was often skipped for broadcast in other countries. Jumping right from the end of series 2 into series 3, audiences were left to wonder how the British airmen got back into the Café after leaving in a hot air balloon at the end of series 2. See more »


There were no official boat races during the war. At the time this episode is set (Mid-late 1941), there had only been one unofficial wartime boat race, held at Henley on Thames on 2 March 1940, and won by Cambridge by 5 lengths. As this was at least three months before British forces were forced to withdraw from France by the German invasion, the airmen should have known this. See more »


[Herr Flick has received the antidote to the poison from the dart intended to kill General von Klinkerhoffen]
Gen. Von Klinkerhoffen: [Indicating Herr Flick] What is the matter with that man?
Private Helga Geerhart: [pauses] He had the fish!
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References The Court Jester (1955) See more »


If You Could Care
Written by E. Ray Goetz, Arthur Wimperis and Herman Darewski
Performed by Carmen Silvera
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Pretty near perfect
18 September 2018 | by seivadchSee all my reviews

Allo Allo was nicely established when this episode was made. The original cast were all still there. The viewers knew each characters catch phrase, so it was straight into top gear farce in this.

Adding all the rhyming verbal gymnastics so beloved by Ronnie Barker added a great amount of enjoyment and ensured it's place as one of the best loved. Note Sam Kelly was in Porridge with Ronnie B.

There was no better way to spend Boxing day 1985 than watching this, and it will be a damn sight funnier than anything new on British TV this Christmas.

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