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. 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]
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All twelve episodes from seasons 3 and 4 of the popular BBC sitcom set in occupied France during the Second World War. In 'The Nicked Knockwurst', the everlasting gag about the phallic sausage reaches its climax when Hitler realises that the 'Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies' painting is not, after all, hidden inside the conflict's most sought-after tube of pork. Meanwhile, Rene and Monsieur Alfonso are ready to fight a duel for the hand of Edith. In 'Gruber Does Some Mincing', von Strohm, Geering and Rene are arrested and interrogated by Herr Flick. In 'The Sausage and the Wardrobe', the resistance movement decide to blow up General von Klinkerhoffen, little realising that certain of their enemy also plan to kill the general - von Strohm with a lethal gateau and Flick with a poisoned dart. René and the Resistance try to disguise themselves as roadworkers in order to smuggle out the English airmen in 'Flight of Fancy'. In 'Pretty Maids All in a Row', von Klinkerhoffen requisitions a worthless painting - but René has hidden the Fallen Madonna inside it. In 'The Great Un-Escape', Gruber is knee-deep in forgeries, while René is knee-deep in a tunnel. In 'Hans Goes Over the Top', the entire gang escape from the prisoner of war camp dressed as can-can girls from the Foliés Bergeres. In 'Camp Dance', Lieutenant Gruber helps the gang escape in a dust lorry while the German guards are distracted by a variety show. Maria escapes separately, disguised as a Red Cross parcel, but unfortunately she gets delivered to Switzerland. In 'Good Staff Are Hard to Find', Mimi is brought in as Rene's bodyguard, but it isn't long before she is trying to poison Herr Flick in the back room of the cafe. 'The Flying Nun' sees General von Klinkerhoffen and Colonel von Strohm under suspicion of being part of a plot to assassinate Hitler. In 'The Jet-Propelled Mother-in-Law', Rene is being held by the Germans. Edith decides to disguise herself as a German officer and threaten the Germans with a grenade to get them to release him, but she ends up blowing up a public toilet instead.