Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Hello again Auf Wiedersehen

One of the supposed advantages of working from home is the opportunity to watch daytime TV.

I largely resist the temptation given that at least ninety per cent of it is utter bilge. Yesterday on channel 12 though occasionally have a watchable historical drama like Colditz or Secret Army. At the moment, it's Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the early 80's comedy about unemployed bricklayers working in Germany which I vaguely remember watching the first time it was shown.

As you'd expect from a programme written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais - the scriptwriters who wrote Porridge and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? - there are some very funny one-liners. The interior shots and scenes on the building site were all shot on a lot in Hertfordshire with ITV even shipping in oversized German bricks, which might explain why the barman in the pub the lads drink in - played by an English actor - never says a word! The exterior shots though were shot in one of my favourite drinking cities, Düsseldorf.

1 comment:

  1. There's one scene filmed inside zum Uerige. Can't get more Dusseldorf than that.