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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 16:22 GMT
'Allo 'Allo due for screen return
Edith and Rene Artois
The comedy revolved around Edith and Rene Artois and their cafe
French wartime sitcom 'Allo 'Allo is returning for a one-off special, the BBC has confirmed.

The new episode, which will reunite the original cast, is being recorded in Manchester on 22 March and is due to be screened later in the spring.

Gorden Kaye, who played hapless cafe owner Rene Artois in the comedy, will reprise his role.

The series, which made light of the Nazi occupation of France, ran on BBC One from 1982 to 1992.


The new show will be recorded at the Granada Studios in front of a live studio audience who have been asked to wear fancy dress for the occasion.

Lieutenant Gruber
The Nazis were often portrayed as bumbling buffoons

The long-running comedy, written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, became famous for the Germans' pursuit of an elusive painting called The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies.

The show also gave rise to catchphrases such as "listen very carefully, I shall say this only once" from a sultry Resistance fighter, while a British agent who spoke poor French regularly used the greeting "good moaning".

Actor Kaye, whose character was regularly seen trying to grab a few amorous moments with the waitresses in his cafe, was seriously injured in a car accident in 1990, returning to the role after his recovery.

His on-screen wife, Edith, was played by Carmen Silvera, who died in 2002 at the age of 80. Richard Marner, who played Colonel Von Strohm, died in 2004.

The television series spawned a successful stage tour from 1986, which also featured most of the sitcom's cast.

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