British Comedy Guide

'Allo 'Allo!. René François Artois (Gorden Kaye). 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 2, Episode 1 is repeated on Gold on Tuesday 20th December at 8:30am

Press Clippings

Watching unPC sitcoms should be part of the curriculum

The BBC's remakes of Till Death Us Do Part and Are You Being Served? are only to be appreciated through the filter of irony. But things like It Ain't Half Hot Mum weren't malicious.

James Delingpole, The Spectator, 1st September 2016

BBC rules out remaking 'Allo 'Allo in fear of offending

The BBC has ruled out remaking the famous World War II sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! because bosses were nervous the Nazis in the show would offend viewers.

The Daily Mail, 13th August 2016

James Cary's Top 10 Sitcoms, #9: Allo Allo

Yes. 'Allo 'Allo!. I loved it. And I still like it.

It's a big, broad, bawdy panto-style comedy. But just think about the show for it minute.

It's a comedy set in Nazi-Occupied France. Two British Airmen need to be smuggled out and anyone caught aiding and abetting them, or working with the French Resistance, will be shot.

It's a comedy.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 15th July 2015

'Allo 'Allo! star Roger Kitter dies

Tributes have been paid to Roger Kitter, who played Captain Alberto Bertorelli in 'Allo 'Allo!, who has died at the age of 64.

Chortle, 5th January 2015

Vicki Michelle on cyst: I lied about cancer scare

Just three weeks before going into the jungle, the former 'Allo 'Allo! star had been told she had a cyst "the size of a small rugby ball" on her ovary.

Halina Watts, The Daily Mirror, 2nd January 2015

Vicki Michelle: I earned just 220 a go for 'Allo 'Allo

Playing the role of Yvette was, as Gordon Kaye, my late co-star said, my pension. We weren't paid that well for the actual filming - around £220 per episode with only 10 per cent increases on fee year-on-year until we all stuck together and said we wanted to be paid more. Now I get money from the repeats but it is very variable.

Roz Lewis, The Telegraph, 20th July 2014

Vicki Michelle interview

Vicki Michelle, the familiar star of stage and screen, best known as 'Yvette' in long-running British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, talks to Digital Journal about her current projects.

Adrian Peel, Digital Journal, 28th October 2013

'Allo 'Allo! star Vicki Michelle's role of a lifetime

Vicki Michelle has experienced the highs and the lows of the acting world her entire career. As the story goes, Michelle, who struggled in the business for several years, gave it up to launch her own employment agency. She then got a call asking her to audition for one last role, a role for which British comedy fans will know her for forever, the sexy French waitress Yvette in comedy 'Allo 'Allo!

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 11th June 2012

Video: David Croft discusses complexity of 'Allo 'Allo

With the passing of David Croft on Sunday, 27 September, at age 89, more from our 1999 interview for the public television program, Salute to British Comedy on American Public Television. When host Penelope Keith introduces the 'Allo 'Allo! segment, we come to realize that the series was not only complex for the audience, but for both David Croft and co-creator/writer, Jeremy Lloyd. As you'll see, thank goodness David Croft's secretary was able to follow the plot line.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 29th September 2011

Remembering John Louis Mansi

Suite 101 looks at the life of the actor best-known for his role as the put-upon Von Smallhausen in much-loved BBC wartime sitcom, 'Allo! 'Allo!

Adrian Peel, Suite101, 23rd March 2011

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