David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's sitcom 'Allo 'Allo started life in 1982 as a modest one-off spoof of the classic 1970s drama series Secret Army. A throwback to an earlier era during the 1980s heyday of alternative comedy, the show's decidedly un-PC mix of bedroom farce and crudely drawn national stereotypes was subsequently stretched over nine series in all (1984-1992), making it TV's successor to the long-running Carry On series. 'Allo 'Allo was not only similarly preoccupied with seaside postcard humour, it was also blessed with a cracking ensemble cast (including... Carry On veteran Kenneth Connor) whose sheer energy eked out comic gold from even the laziest jokes about humourless Germans, cowardly Italians, "Tally ho!" Brits and onion-selling Frenchmen. Like Croft & Lloyd's Are You Being Served, it was the cast interaction more than the material itself that produced the laughs. Gordon Kaye deserves much of the credit for keeping the show fresh. Whether he's plotting with the sexy Resistance leader, in cahoots with the Nazi commandant about a priceless painting of "The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies", or fending off the attentions of sex-starved waitresses under the withering gaze of his wife Edith, bumbling Rene is the lynchpin around which the endless farce revolves. Despite its determination never to vary the formula from week to week, the show had at least one virtue--it wasn't afraid to offend anyone. --Mark Walker [show more]
'Allo Allo' is set during WWII, in a small French town. Most of the action takes place in Renee's cafe,(played by Gorden Kaye). The cafe is frequented by the French, Germans and the Resistance. Renee lives with his wife and his ailing, bedridden mother in law. Reluctantly he is persuaded to help the resistance to hide British Air men whilst trying to keep on good terms with the Germans.
It's been years since I have watched this and on a whim, I purchased Series 1 & 2.
I haven't stopped smiling since.
The whole thing is ludicrous and farcical, but works brilliantly.
If you need a good laugh, I highly recommend this series.
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All Rene Artois desires is to be left alone to run his cafe and chase his waitresses... Unfortunately his wife Edith and the outbreak of war puts paid to his plans... Features every episode from the first and second series: 'The British Are Coming', 'Series 1, Episode 1', 'Pigeon Post', 'Saville Row To The Rescue', 'The Execution', 'The Funeral', 'Red Nick's Colonel', 'The Dance Of Hitler Youth', 'Six Big Boobies', 'The Wooing Of Widow Artois', 'The Policeman Cometh', 'Swiftly And With Style', 'The Duel' and 'Herr Flick's Revenge'.