Christmas DVD Box Set Review – ‘Allo ‘Allo!’

‘Good moaning’ everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

“Listen very carefully! I shall say this only once.”

Yes! I’ve seen the complete series of the BBC sitcom ‘Allo, ‘Allo’, starring Gorden Kaye as René Artois and Carmen Silvera as Edith, René’s wife. This was the Christmas present I gave to my Dad last year. My parents and I spent about three months watching this comedy series and we’ve enjoyed it!

Since we saw ‘Get Smart’ from 2015 to 2016 and we saw ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ from 2016 to 2017, I felt, why not purchase another sitcom series that my parents and I have never seen before for Christmas. ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ was the perfect sitcom series for us to get into, as it’s full of laughs all around.

This sitcom series was made from 1982 to 1992 and is created by Jeremy Lloyd and ‘Dad’s Army’ co-creator David Croft. ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ is set during the Second World War in occupied France and focuses on the life of café owner René Artois in the town of Nouvion, who also helps the French Resistance.

I really like how this sitcom series focuses on occupied France and how it gets affected in the Second World War through a humorous comedic way. There are some naughty bits that can’t be ignored in this series, but the characters are fun to watch in their many escapades and antics to cause trouble.

Gorden Kaye’s performance as René stands out for me in ‘Allo, ‘Allo’. I love it when he talks to us as the audience at the beginning of each episode. I wonder why other people don’t question René as to why he’s talking to an off-screen audience. Also, how we can understand the French in this series? 😀

Carmen Silvera is equally enjoyable as Edith. I’ve seen Carmen Silvera before in ‘Mum’s Army’ from ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’ from ‘Doctor Who’. Edith always falls for René’s excuses, as he makes love to Yvette. She gets called “You stupid woman!” and she isn’t a good singer.

As well as Gorden Kaye and Carmen Silvera; there’s also Vicki Michelle as Yvette, Sue Hodge as Mimi, Kirsten Cooke as Michelle of the French Resistance, Arthur Bostrom as Officer Crabtree, Rose Hill as Madame Fanny, and Kenneth Connor as Monsieur Alfonse. All these French ‘peasants’ are wonderful.

I also mustn’t forget Francesca Gonshaw as Maria, who appeared in the first three seasons of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’. I’m saddened Maria wasn’t in all of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’. There’s also Jack Haig, who was in ‘Dad’s Army’, as Monsieur LeClerc as well as Derek Royle and Robin Parkinson as another Monsiuer LeClerc.

On the German side; there’s Guy Siner (who I’ve seen in ‘Genesis of the Daleks’) as Lieutenant Gruber, Richard Marner as Colonel von Strohm, Kim Hartman as Private Helga Geerhart, John Louis Mansi as Herr von Smallhausen, and Hilary Minster as General von Klinkerhoffen. They’re superb!

There’s also Sam Kelly as Captain Geering, who appeared in the first four seasons of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ and briefly for one episode in Series 7. There’s also Richard Gibson as Herr Flick, who appeared for most of the series, only to be replaced by David Janson for Series 9. I prefer Richard Gibson as Herr Flick.

There’s also Captain Bertorelli played by Gavin Richards and Roger Kitter in the series, but he was only from Series 4 to 7 and I found him rather annoying at times. There’s also John D. Collins as Fairfax and Nicholas Frankau as Carstairs, the British airmen that get hidden away a lot in ‘Allo, ‘Allo’.

The DVD box set contains all 84 episodes of the ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ series, which are nine seasons and two Christmas specials. Most of the episodes are in order on DVD, except the 1991 Christmas Special called ‘A Bun In The Oven’, as it’s put at the end of Series 9, which should have been at the beginning of Series 8.

So the last episode my parents and I saw was not ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, but ‘A Bun In The Oven’. How could the DVD makers have screwed this up when putting the DVD box set together? Anyway, it doesn’t matter. We saw all of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ and it was good to watch the complete series since Christmas 2017.

I highly recommend ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ to watch as a comedy series on DVD as well as a Christmas present. The comedy is really good. Despite some naughty bits, I could get into the characters and enjoy the storylines. This is especially since the arc of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ was like a saga and not standalone episodes.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Christmas DVD Box Set Review – ‘Allo ‘Allo!’

  1. Williams Fan 92

    Good moaning Tim. 😀

    Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once. I have enjoyed ‘Allo Allo’ so far. I’ve only seen the first four series, but they have been absolute crackers. I love the way that the show distinguishes nationalities by just having the characters speak English with the accent of their respective nationalities.

    Among my favourite characters in the series are Rene, Michelle, Gruber, Hans and Officer Crabtree. However, the two characters that stand out for me are Herr Flick and Helga. I like that you’ve met Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman in real life. Incidentally, I’ve read up that Kim Hartman was in an episode of ‘The Brittas Empire’. I assume that’s from series 6/7 as I haven’t seen her in it yet. Annoyingly, I don’t think Forces TV have included those two series as part of their reruns. And they still aren’t on Britbox. Grrr! But anyway, it was good to see other ‘Allo Allo’ stars in ‘The Brittas Empire’, including Robin Parkinson, John D Collins and Guy Siner. Furthermore, I found out that Tim Marriott, Harriet Thorpe and Stephen Churchett have all been in ‘Allo Allo’.

    Interesting that the DVD box set has placed ‘A Bun in the Oven’ in the wrong place. If you thought that was bad, Britbox have gone one step further by not including at all. I didn’t realise this until I saw the episode count. Britbox have also left out the 1985 Christmas special ‘The Gâteau from the Château’.

    Tomorrow, I will be sharing my thoughts on ‘The Five Doctors’. Also, my ‘Galaxy 4’ review should be up tonight.

    P.s. did you know that Kim Hartman is the aunt of Christopher Nolan?

    Take care, WF92.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Good moaning WF92 😀

      Glad you’re enjoying ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ so far. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the series and done this quick review, but I did enjoy watching ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ from 2017 to 2018. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the series. Yes, it was nice to meet Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman in Glasgow back in August 2019. I’ve also met Vicki Michelle and Francesca Gonshaw in Cardiff back in March 2019. Yes, Kim Hartman was in an episode of Series 7 of ‘The Brittas Empire’. I’m surprised Forces TV and Britbox haven’t shown or aren’t showing Series 6 and 7 of ‘Brittas’. I know they’re not great seasons, but I found them enjoyable despite that. You might be able to watch episodes of Series 6 on YouTube in parts, otherwise you’d be better purchasing Series 6 and 7 of ‘Brittas’ on DVD from Amazon. Thanks for mentioning that Tim Marriott, Harriet Thorpe and Stephen Churchett have been in ‘Allo, ‘Allo’. 🙂 Oh, I’m surprised Britbox have left out the ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ Christmas Specials. Maybe they’ll put them up again on Britbox once Christmas comes again this year.

      Looking forward to your thoughts on ‘The Five Doctors’ and your review on ‘Galaxy 4’. Interesting that Kim Hartman is Christopher Nolan’s aunt. I wouldn’t have guessed. 😀

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Tim 🙂

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  2. Williams Fan 92

    Good moaning Tim. 😀

    Since I first commented on this post, I have now seen every episode of ‘Allo ‘Allo!’ via Britbox. I found the series very enjoyable and hilarious overall. The last episode was great and very touching in my opinion. I hope to one day purchase the complete DVD box set in order to watch the series all over again.

    There is some information about the series I thought I would share to perhaps refresh your memory of it. The Monsieur LeClerc played by Jack Haig was known as Monsieur Roger LeClerc, whereas the Monsieur LeClerc played by Derek Royle and later Robin Parkinson was known as Monsieur Ernest LeClerc. I’ve also noticed that some characters aren’t mentioned in the list on this blog, including Moira Foot as Denise Laroque, Carole Ashby as Louise, and Ken Morley as General Von Flockenstuffen. Also, I believe Richard Gibson chose not to return for the final series, why I don’t know, which is the reason David Janson plays Herr Flick in the last series.

    On a side-note, I have finished listening to the soundtrack of ‘Marco Polo’, so I will comment on your review of it tomorrow. I have also started writing my own review of it.

    Take care, WF92.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Good moaning WF92, 😀

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on ‘Allo, Allo’ overall and very pleased you enjoyed the series. Thanks for sharing your info about the series, particularly with the LeClerc characters. I’ll keep those details in mind when it comes to revisiting ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ on DVD someday.

      I’m glad you’ve listened to the ‘Marco Polo’ soundtrack. I look forward to hearing from you again on my review on ‘Marco Polo’ as well as when you get to share your review on the story on your blog.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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