Monday, 19 March 2012

'Allo 'allo!

I may well be looking through those famous rose-tinted specs, but it does seem to me that as we have access to more and more channels on the television, there is less and less that I want to watch. When we had just BBC and ITV (the one with the commercials) there seemed always to be a programme worth watching. Or was that just the novelty of being able to watch television at all that had still not worn off? Most of the television that the Old Bat and I watch is on a channel of repeats but we are beginning to get a little bored with watching the same shows several times within a period of just a few months. Sometimes it is even worse than that. Take this last weekend, for instance. ITV3 - that channel we tend to watch most - had a Lewis-themed weekend. Wall to wall (practically) repeats of a show we liked very well the first and second times around. Indeed, I have recorded two or three of the weekend's shows as we didn't think we had seen them recently. But when one episode is shown three times during the weekend...

So we have resorted to spending time watching DVDs of one of the hilarious sitcoms from the 1980s and 90s - 'Allo 'allo!. The shows are set in a cafe in a small town in northern France while it is occupied by the Germans during the Second World War and features a mix of farce, double entendres, and zany humour. There is a lengthy description on Wikipedia and most of the episodes can be seen on YouTube, including the pilot show from which this clip is taken:

3 comments:

The Broad said...

I did enjoy that!

Every Lewis they showed this past weekend I'd already seen at least 3 times! Last week though I was thrilled to see two episodes of Midsomer Murders I'd never seen. I agree the more television stations the less there seems to be worth watching except for repeats of the old stuff. I am, however, enjoying the foreign stuff being sown on BBC 4 -- and Scott and Baily on tonight is surprisingly well done.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm not familiar with this show. I'll check it out.

Buck said...

I thank The Deity At Hand for Aunty, coz she exports a lot of her sitcoms (and other things) to our PBS network. And we have BBC America, too.

But I hear ya: I have satellite teevee and am fond o' sayin' "300 channels and NOTHING on..."