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'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 5, Episode 25 - Down The Drain

René is packing, once again, to elope with Yvette and the nicked gold to Switzerland - but before he goes, there's the small matter of a missing Enigma machine to deal with.

Broadcast details

Saturday 18th February 1989
25 minutes

Full synopsis

Yvette and Edith both question René about the whereabouts of the gold, but he is not talking. The Colonel and Gruber search Café René for the missing Enigma machine, but all they turn up is Yvette's new underwear.


Despite being credited, neither Helga, Herr Flick, Von Smallhousen nor Captain Bertorelli appear in this episode. They may have appeared in scenes which were cut for timing.


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  6. Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 09.15 on Gold
  7. Friday 28th February 2014 at 16.50 on BBC2
  8. Monday 31st March 2014 at 08.00 on Gold
  9. Monday 31st March 2014 at 14.30 on Gold
  10. Saturday 30th August 2014 at 09.10 on Gold
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  12. Friday 31st October 2014 at 10.45 on Gold
  13. Friday 31st October 2014 at 16.20 on Gold
  14. Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 03.30 on Gold
  15. Saturday 28th February 2015 at 10.50 on Gold
  16. Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 03.00 on Gold
  17. Friday 7th August 2015 at 15.05 on BBC2
  18. Saturday 12th September 2015 at 12.35 on Gold
  19. Monday 9th November 2015 at 07.50 on Gold
  20. Saturday 25th June 2016 at 08.35 on Gold
  21. Sunday 26th June 2016 at 08.20 on Gold
  22. Saturday 2nd July 2016 at 07.40 on Gold
  23. Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 08.10 on Gold
  24. Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 23.15 on Yesterday
  25. Wednesday 28th September 2016 at 20.00 on Yesterday

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
Guy Siner Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kirsten Cooke Michelle Dubois
Rose Hill Madame Fanny 'Fifi' Lafanne
Jack Haig Monsieur Roger LeClerc
John D. Collins Flt. Lt. Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau Flt. Lt. Carstairs
Hilary Minster General Erich Von Klinkerhoffen
Kenneth Connor Monsieur Alfonse
Arthur Bostrom Officer Crabtree
Sue Hodge Mimi Labonq
Guest cast
David Lloyd German Soldier
Writing team
Ronald Wolfe Writer
Ronald Chesney Writer
Production team
Richard Boden Director
David Croft Producer
David Buckingham Production Designer
Chris Wadsworth Editor

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