'Allo 'Allo!. Image shows from L to R: Edith Melba Artois (Carmen Silvera), René François Artois (Gorden Kaye), Yvette Carte-Blanche (Vicki Michelle). Copyright: BBC
'Allo 'Allo!

'Allo 'Allo!

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1982 - 1992
  • 85 episodes (9 series)

René Artois, proprietor of Café René in Nazi-occupied France, struggles to keep the business running whilst keeping the resistance and the army happy. Stars Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner, Kim Hartman and more.

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Pilot - The British Are Coming

Quiet, unassuming café owner René Artois is perfectly happy to pander to the whims of the occupying forces and wait out the war without any fuss: unfortunately for him, the French Resistance have other ideas for him and his business. Namely, a safe-house for stranded British airmen!

Further details

The Village of Nouvion in Occupied France, 1941. Two escaping British airmen are sent by the French Resistance to hide in Rene's Café, a small dining establishment. But nobody at Rene's speaks any English, and no one is ready for the intrigue that follows.


This episode was repeated on 6th September 1984, the night before Series 1 began. Consequently, it is often confused with being part of the series proper, and some listings give it as the first of 8 episodes. Further confusion with episode titles has lead to some listings providing this title as that of the first of Series 1.

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th December 1982
35 minutes
  • Saturday 11th September 1982 at BBC Television Centre


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 25th February 2013 7:00pm Gold
Tuesday 26th February 2013 1:00pm Gold
Saturday 6th April 2013 4:55pm Gold
Sunday 7th April 2013 1:00pm Gold
Monday 5th August 2013 6:50am Gold
Monday 5th August 2013 1:15pm Gold
Monday 7th October 2013 3:45pm BBC2
Friday 7th February 2014 7:00am Gold
Friday 7th February 2014 3:05pm Gold
Saturday 15th March 2014 5:55pm Gold
Saturday 21st June 2014 7:55am Gold
Saturday 21st June 2014 2:25pm Gold
Saturday 28th June 2014 9:00am Gold
Monday 1st September 2014 10:35am Gold
Monday 1st September 2014 4:15pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 2:35am Gold
Friday 27th March 2015 4:10pm BBC2
Saturday 9th May 2015 4:35pm Gold
Sunday 10th May 2015 9:00am Gold
Saturday 30th January 2016 1:05pm Gold
Sunday 7th February 2016 1:00pm Gold
Saturday 30th July 2016 7:00am Gold
Sunday 31st July 2016 7:00am Gold
Monday 9th January 2017 4:10pm Yesterday
Monday 9th January 2017 10:20pm Yesterday
Sunday 8th April 2018 8:00pm Yesterday
Tuesday 12th June 2018 1:40pm Drama
Tuesday 12th June 2018 6:00pm Drama
Sunday 14th October 2018 8:00pm Yesterday
Monday 24th December 2018 10:05pm Yesterday
Tuesday 25th December 2018 2:20am Yesterday
Sunday 13th January 2019 8:00pm Yesterday
Thursday 20th June 2019 6:00pm Drama
Sunday 3rd May 2020 8:35pm Yesterday
Monday 6th July 2020 6:40pm Drama
Sunday 12th July 2020 8:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 6th January 2021 11:00pm Yesterday
Sunday 31st January 2021 9:20pm Yesterday
Tuesday 6th July 2021 11:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 7th July 2021 9:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 26th August 2021 6:40pm Drama
Sunday 6th February 2022 8:00pm Yesterday
Sunday 22nd May 2022 9:20pm Yesterday
Sunday 24th July 2022 8:00pm Yesterday
Monday 5th September 2022 7:00am Drama
Monday 5th September 2022 6:35pm Drama
Sunday 6th November 2022 8:35pm Yesterday
Sunday 8th January 2023 8:00pm Yesterday
Saturday 4th March 2023 11:10pm Yesterday
Thursday 17th August 2023 5:55pm Drama

Cast & crew

Gorden Kaye René François Artois
Carmen Silvera Edith Melba Artois
Vicki Michelle Yvette Carte-Blanche
Richard Marner Colonel Kurt Von Strohm
Kim Hartman Private Helga Geerhart
Guy Siner Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kirsten Cooke Michelle Dubois
Richard Gibson Herr Otto Flick
Rose Hill Madame Fanny 'Fifi' Lafanne
Sam Kelly Captain Hans Geering
Francesca Gonshaw Maria
Jack Haig Monsieur Roger LeClerc
John D. Collins Flt. Lt. Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau Flt. Lt. Carstairs
Guest cast
Richard Cottan Claude
Writing team
Jeremy Lloyd Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
John Dunstan Editor
Phil Southby Editor
Shelagh Lawson Production Designer

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