'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!

BBC One sitcom looking at the French reistance. 85 episodes (pilot + 9 series), 1982 - 1992. Stars Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner and others.

Series 6, Episode 3 is repeated on Yesterday on Wednesday at 11:10pm.

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.

Notes

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

Date
Thursday 30th December 1982
Time
8:25pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
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