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'Allo 'Allo!

René Artois, proprietor of Café René in Nazi-occupied France, struggles to keep the business running whilst keeping the resistance and the army happy

'Allo 'Allo; 'Allo, 'Allo!
1982 - 1992  (BBC One)
85 (pilot + 9 series)
Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner, Kim Hartman, Guy Siner, Kirsten Cooke, Richard Gibson, Rose Hill, David Janson, Sam Kelly & more
Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft, Paul Adam
British Broadcasting Corporation

Occupied France. A small village, Nouvion, has - at its heart - an equally small café, run by René Artois and his wife, Edith. But all is not as it seems at Café René, for the proprietor is the unwitting and unwilling hero of the French resistance; codename Nighthawk.

René struggles through the war, treading a dangerous line between the French resistance, the communist resistance and the occupying German forces, in order to keep his business afloat and his person out of a coffin. Not to mention keeping his affairs with each of his two waitresses hidden from the other - and certainly hidden from his wife!

Our Review: Its double-entendre-laden comedy may not be in vogue with the comedy elite these days, but we - and thousands of others tuning into repeats of the series that continue fairly regularly to this day - absolutely love 'Allo 'Allo!. The broad comedy stylings, combined with the period setting of the show ensure a certain timelessness is maintained, stopping the series from ageing, unlike many of even its most popular contemporaries.

We're the first to admit that some of the later episodes are not quite of the same high standard as those in the first few series, but a fairly high quality is nevertheless maintained throughout. Don't expect anything high-brow from 'Allo 'Allo! - just expect to laugh.