Original Broadcast Dates
30 December 1982 – 14 December 1992
Croft & Lloyd
‘Allo ‘Allo! is set in the occupied portion of France during World War II and tells the story of a French café owner, René Artois, who resides in the village of Nouvion. René wants, but never achieves the quiet life. Caught between the French Resistance, two bumbling British Airmen, the German Army, the Gestapo, the Italians and his need to keep secret from his wife his long-running affairs with his two waitresses, or risk losing his cherished café. René never gets a moments peace.
The theme that runs throughout the shows’ 85 episodes is that the Germans who have occupied the village have also stolen the few valuables that the village owns; most notably the first cuckoo clock ever made and a painting of The Fallen Madonna by the Dutch artist Van Klomp, (more famously known as The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klomp).
The competition, between the various members of the German Army, to control and eventually steal these valuable pieces of art, and the never ending machinations of The Resistance combined with René's lust for his waitresses, provide the basis for one of the funniest and most beloved shows of the past 30 years; classic farce, slapstick and visual gags, hilariously ridiculous accents, and of course plenty of sexual innuendo. A true jewel in the crown of British comedy.
- Nouvion town square was based on a courtyard at Lynford Hall, Norfolk where the pilot episode was shot
- Most of the vehicles used in the series are now the property of http://www.thehistoryonwheelsmuseum.co.uk/