Currently showing in the UK on Yesterday (Freeview 19).
Really loved this show when it was first broadcast in the early 80s and subsequent repeats.
But if there was ever a case for axing a show lest it overstay its welcome then this is it.
To me, it's Series 1. That is Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
13 episodes. Adequately relates the simple story line of a group of British labourers living and working together in Germany till their 6 month
contract was up before heading back home to blighty. It ends with a shot of the guys on the ferry to Dover.
And, as wonderful as the show was, as compelling as the characters were, there's really nothing more to add. It's complete - it has a beginning, a
middle, and an end. As a young man myself when Series 1 aired, I can well relate to the situation the guys were in...terrible intractable unemployment
at home, the lure of earning some decent money for a short contract in Europe. It made sense.
It was originally meant to be a drama with tragicomic elements. Yes, very funny in parts, but always that air of desperation running through it,
because the guys really didn't want to be there. They made the best of their circumstances but really they wanted to be back home with their kith and
But when ITV realised they had a ratings winner, the pressure was on to spin it out to another series. Bad mistake IMO. All subsequent series - 4 in
all - were a pale relic of Series 1.
If you like AWP and want to know how it came about and evolved, this video is compulsive viewing.
Adequately relates the simple story line of a group of British labourers living and working together in Germany till their 6 month contract
was up before heading back home to blighty. It ends with a shot of the guys on the ferry to Dover.
I thought the later series played out well.
Seeing the Lads after Germany, still grafting, we got to see how the Characters developed.
I especially thought the references to Pat Roach toward the end were wonderful. Only the second cast member to be lost throughout.
The later series are always worth a gander. But, but...
They suffered from lack of authenticity, inevitably. As it mentions in the video, you had to contrive a reason for this disparate group of characters
to reunite. It just wouldn't happen. And they tried to turn it into a sitcom which wasn't the original intention.
It was a thing of its time...Thatcher's Britain, high unemployment, dark times.
The later series forgot that and it just descended into farce for me.
But, like I say, worth a look. If only to see the Moxey character improve his scouse accent.
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