Category: Allo Allo

  • Allo Allo To Secret Army
    Allo Allo To Secret Army

    You’d be forgiven now for not knowing that ‘Allo ‘Allo was a straight up parody of the flagship BBC drama Secret Army. But a look at the press coverage at the time of the pilot’s broadcast leaves that fact in little doubt. Or this, from 1984 when the full series first began … A charge…

  • We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko
    We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko

    Sam Kelly has appeared in a number of excellent comedy roles in his time, not least as Warren in Porridge and Hans in ‘Allo ‘Allo. It’s rather suprirsing then that he never really got a chance to lead a sitcom, given those great performances. But he was the starring role in ITV’s We’ll Think Of…

  • ‘Allo ‘Allo Returns
    ‘Allo ‘Allo Returns

    Here’s a snippet of BBC One continuity from April of 1985. It’s a pretty eclectic line up on the menu too, what with Dynasty following an episode of Kenny Everett.

  • ‘Allo ‘Allo! Cartoon Fun! Computer Game
    ‘Allo ‘Allo! Cartoon Fun! Computer Game

    I mean, as cross-media licences go, it’s not unusual for sitcoms to get there own computer games (ALF, The Office, Home Improvement, and The Young Ones all had one, among others), but ‘Allo ‘Allo seems an odd choice. Especially when the platformer they created seems so disconnected from the series. It seems to me like…

  • Gorden Kaye On Wogan
    Gorden Kaye On Wogan

    Here’s an interview from Wogan, with Gordon Kaye, just as the first series of ‘Allo ‘Allo was gathering an audience, and the second series had just been shot. I still find it odd hearing Kaye’s real accent, and it’s interesting to hear him make reference to Secret Army. Why are there bits of the Every…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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