In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.
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Series cast summary:
 René Artois (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Edith Artois (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Yvette Carte-Blanche (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Colonel Kurt von Strohm (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Private Helga Geerhart / ... (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Lieutenant Hubert Gruber (85 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Michelle Dubois (82 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Herr Otto Flick (79 episodes, 1982-1992)
Rose Hill ...
 Madame Fanny (78 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Officer Crabtree (74 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Flying Officer Fairfax (64 episodes, 1982-1992)
 Flying Officer Carstairs (64 episodes, 1982-1992)
Louis Mansi ...
 Herr Engelbert von Smallhausen / ... (63 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Mimi Labonq (62 episodes, 1987-1992)
 Monsieur Alfonse (62 episodes, 1984-1992)
Hilary Minster ...
 General Erich von Klinkerhoffen / ... (59 episodes, 1984-1992)
Jack Haig ...
 Roger Leclerc (51 episodes, 1982-1989)


René Artois runs a small café in France during World War II. He always seems to have his hands full: He's having affairs with most of his waitresses, he's keeping his wife happy, he's trying to please the German soldiers who frequent his café, and he's running a major underground operation for the Resistance. Quite often, the Germans' incompetence itself is what nearly lands René and his cohorts in hot water; they are not helped either by the locals, who are dreadfully keen to get rid of the Germans, but their blatant and theatrical attempts at espionage and secrecy often create problems that René must solve quickly. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Comedy | War


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Release Date:

30 December 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Allo 'Allo!  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many incorrect explanations have circulated since the start of the series as to what Captain Hans Geering actually shouts when he does the Nazi salute. Sam Kelly has often said that it had cost him a fortune in stamps writing to people to tell them what it actually was, namely '-tler!' which is short for 'Heil Hitler'. Kelly felt that Hans couldn't be bothered saying all of 'Heil Hitler'. See more »


Madame Fanny is occasionally seen knitting. However, the character knits British style. Any French woman of the time would knit Continental style instead. See more »


[upon seeing Leclerc's latest disguise]
René: Man of a thousand faces, every one the same.
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Referenced in A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) See more »

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Classic piece of British comedy
22 February 2001 | by (Caerphilly, Wales) – See all my reviews

David Croft has to be seen as one of the greatest British comedy writers ever. He was the writer for 'Dad's Army', 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum' and 'Are You Being Served?'. Although not as good as 'Dad's Army', 'Allo 'Allo' is a fine piece of work. Set in war-time France, this show made use of stereotypes of Germans, Frenchmen and Brits. Gorden Kaye gave a tremendous portrayal of unwilling hero, Rene, but the fine cast doesn't stop there. Carmen Silvera (Edith), Guy Siner (Gruber) and the fantastic Arthur Bostrom (Crabtree) also played their parts well. The show was 'Carry On'-esque, unashamedly camp and full of sexual innuendo. I think it is impossible not to hear Crabtree with his customary greeting of 'Good Moaning!', without laughing. Demand from the American market saw the series stretched a bit further than it could manage, but 'Allo 'Allo recovered. The repeats are certainly worth watching.

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