Allo, Allo sold to ze Germans!

Classic World War II sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo has been sold to a German broadcaster, it has been confirmed. The hit show – which was set in Nazi-occupied France and poked fun at the Gestapo – will be broadcast to German audiences for the first time. But the comedy accents could end up lost in translation as the whole show will be dubbed into German. BBC Worldwide struck the unlikely deal with broadcaster ProSiebenSat1, which will show all eight series (83 episodes). A BBC spokeswoman said: “Both BBC Worldwide and ProSiebenSat1 are very happy about the deal. ‘Allo ‘Allo is a high-quality programme which had not been picked up in Germany until now due to the subject matter.” The show ran on BBC1 from 1982-1991 and remains one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms. Gorden Kaye starred as harassed cafe owner Renee Artois, who risked his neck to aid the Resistance and stay out of trouble with the Nazis, with Carmen Silvera as his wife Edith and Richard Gibson as Gestapo officer Herr Flick. A long-running joke had Renee hiding a painting, The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies, inside a garlic sausage. Isabelle Helle, head of German-speaking territories at BBC Worldwide said: “We’re really excited that ProSiebenSat1 has decided to take all series – now German viewers will be able to follow the daily cafe antics of Renee, Edith and the Gestapo.” “They might even pick up on the famous catchphrase: ‘Listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once…’.”