'Allo 'Allo! (series 5)

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'Allo 'Allo! (series 5)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkBBC1
Original release3 September 1988 (1988-09-03) – 25 February 1989 (1989-02-25)
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List of 'Allo 'Allo! episodes

The fifth series of the British sitcom series 'Allo 'Allo! contains twenty-six episodes which first aired between 3 September 1988 and 25 February 1989.

Series 5 is longer than any of the other series, and contains almost a third of the total number of episodes. The series was made with a view to airing the show in the US, so episodes were shortened to 25 minutes rather than 30 minutes to allow for commercial breaks; and twenty-six episodes were commissioned to tie in with the American tradition of having "seasons", rather than the typical British "series" of six to eight episodes. Due to these changes, two episodes were written by different writers; the director's role was shared between four people, the series was taped entirely in the studio; and not all of the secondary characters appear in each of the series' episodes. Series 5 also sees the first appearances of the Communist Resistance girls Denise Laroque and Louise; and the last appearance of Jack Haig (who died in the time between the fifth and sixth series) as Monsieur Roger LeClerc.

The following episode names are the ones found on the British R2 DVDs with alternate region titles given below them.

Series No. Episode No. Episode title Original UK airdate
5.01 28 Desperate Doings in the Dungeon 3 September 1988[1]
5.02 29 The Camera in the Potato 10 September 1988[2]
5.03 30 Dinner with the General 17 September 1988[3]
5.04 31 The Dreaded Circular Saw 24 September 1988[4]
5.05 32 Otherwise Engaged 1 October 1988[5]
5.06 33 A Marriage of Inconvenience 8 October 1988[6]
5.07 34 No Hiding Place 15 October 1988[7]
5.08 35 The Arrival of the Homing Duck 22 October 1988[8]
5.09 36 Watch the Birdie 29 October 1988[9]
5.10 37 René - Under an Assumed Nose 5 November 1988[10]
5.11 38 The Confusion of the Generals 12 November 1988[11]
5.12 39 Who's for the Vatican? 19 November 1988[12]
5.13 40 Ribbing the Bonk 26 November 1988[13]
5.14 41 The Reluctant Millionaires 3 December 1988[14]
5.15 42 A Duck for Launch 10 December 1988[15]
5.16 43 The Exploding Bedpan 17 December 1988[16]
5.17 44 Going Like a Bomb 24 December 1988[17]
5.18 45 Money to Burn 31 December 1988[18]
5.19 46 Puddings Can Go Off 7 January 1989[19]
5.20 47 Land Mines for London 14 January 1989[20]
5.21 48 Flight to Geneva 21 January 1989[21]
5.22 49 Train of Events 28 January 1989[22]
5.23 50 An Enigma Variation 4 February 1989[23]
5.24 51 Wedding Bloss 11 February 1989[24]
5.25 52 Down the Drain 18 February 1989[25]
5.26 53 All in Disgeese 25 February 1989[26]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
281"Desperate Doings in the Dungeon"David CroftJeremy Lloyd & David Croft3 September 1988 (1988-09-03)
Herr Flick is in the dungeon, but there are plans afoot from several sources to spring him - although not necessarily leave him a free man. The Resistance manage to be first on the scene and effect a prisoner swap.
292"The Camera in the Potato"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft10 September 1988 (1988-09-10)

René is rescued from the dungeon, and is tasked with photographing invasion plans, hidden in a safe in the chateau.


  • Note: Rose Hill (Fanny La Fan), John D. Collins (Fairfax) and Nicholas Frankau (Carstairs), London Calling and Voice of 'Gibson' are credited in the end credits, even though they do not appear in the episode.
303"Dinner with the General"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft17 September 1988 (1988-09-17)

Smoke bombs will provide a diversionary tactic to distract Gruber so René can photograph the invasion plans, but they end up being sent down the wrong chimney. Helga and Von Klinkerhoffen dine together, while the Gestapo infiltrate as a musical interlude to gain intelligence on plans to assassinate Hitler.


  • Note: In this episode, when being hypnotised, Von Smallhausen gives his full name as "Bobby Cedric von Smallhausen", although in "Herr Flick's Revenge", he gives his first name as "Englebert".
314"The Dreaded Circular Saw"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft24 September 1988 (1988-09-24)

Everyone gets a surprise when the safe is blown up by LeClerc. As everyone flees the chateau, René and LeClerc - disguised as German soldiers - are captured by the Communist Resistance.


  • Note: In this episode, Rose Hill is once again credited without appearing and Kirsten Cooke (Michelle) is credited as the second person to appear on screen, even though it is actually Jack Haig (LeClerc) who does so.
  • Note: As the general threatens Gruber with being sent to the Russian front, he says "you could find yourself in Vladivostok by the end of the week". This is either a joke or a lapsus on the creators' part, since Vladivostock is on the Russian east coast, which the Germans were never even close to reaching during the entire war.
  • Note: This episode features the first appearances of Moira Foot as Denise Laroque, and of Carole Ashby as Louise.
325"Otherwise Engaged"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft1 October 1988 (1988-10-01)

René and LeClerc are still being held at the sawmill by the Communist Resistance. Their leader announces she and René are to be married very soon.


  • Note: In this episode, one of the communist resistance girls is played by Phoebe Scholfield, who has earlier played Henriette, one of Michelle's resistance girls.
336"A Marriage of Inconvenience"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft8 October 1988 (1988-10-08)

It's the day of René and Denise's wedding - except the Gaullist Resistance and the cafe staff have plans in place to ensure the two are not betrothed.


  • Note: Once again, the airmen actors are credited without appearing in the episode.
  • Note: Kim Hartman (Helga) is credited as number four, even though she is the ninth person to appear in frame.
347"No Hiding Place"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft15 October 1988 (1988-10-15)

In the fallout from their wedding day, René tries to hide from Denise and her plans for revenge, but the people of Nouvion are not as accommodating as René would like. A ticking package is delivered to the cafe by a clock repair man (John Rutland).


  • Note: When the people in the café are about to share the wine, the acid spot on the table can be seen even before the wine has been poured.
  • Note: Richard Gibson and John Louis Mansi are credited in the opposite order that they appear in the episode.
  • Note: Crabtree's talk with the British airmen is one of the few occasions that he speaks English in the series.
358"The Arrival of the Homing Duck"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft22 October 1988 (1988-10-22)
A conference is planned by the occupying forces, where the invasion of England is likely to be under discussion. Michelle orders René to provide the catering while gathering information on the plans, with the resulting intelligence to be sent to England via a duck.
369"Watch the Birdie"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft29 October 1988 (1988-10-29)

The conference goes ahead, despite the duck escaping and being shot down. A serving of peppermints provides the necessary diversion for René to photograph the invasion plans.


  • Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Ken Morley as general Leopold Von Flockenstuffen.
3710"René - Under an Assumed Nose"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft5 November 1988 (1988-11-05)
In the aftermath of the conference, René is on the General's hit list following the incident with the peppermints.
3811"The Confusion of the Generals"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft12 November 1988 (1988-11-12)
The cafe finds itself the location of a meeting between a group of German Generals, disguised as French onion-sellers. It's also the scene of a meeting of more shot-down British airmen.
3912"Who's for the Vatican"Susan BelbinJeremy Lloyd & David Croft19 November 1988 (1988-11-19)
René is ordered to steal the paintings from the headquarters of the Communist Resistance.
4013"Ribbing the Bonk"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft26 November 1988 (1988-11-26)

René must rob a bank to raise the ransom to pay the Communist Resistance to free Mimi, Gruber, the Colonel, and Bertorelli.


  • Note: In this episode, Michelle's codename when calling London on the radio is revealed to be "Bluetit".
4114"The Reluctant Millionaires"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft3 December 1988 (1988-12-03)

René and the cafe staff have money from robbing the bank, but Michelle puts a spanner in the works. Mimi manages to escape and return to Nouvion.


  • Note: In this episode John D. Collins and Nicholas Frankau (the British airmen) are credited without appearing.
  • Note: In this episode, Colonel Strohm's age is revealed to be 47, meaning that he must have been born in 1893 or 1894.
4215"A Duck for Launch"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft10 December 1988 (1988-12-10)

Everyone is trying to get their hands on the money, for a variety of reasons. The duck is ready to leave for England, but René would rather it remain with its ducklings.


  • Note: In this episode, Rene's age is revealed to be 32, meaning he must have either been born in 1909 or 1910.
4316"The Exploding Bedpan"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft17 December 1988 (1988-12-17)
Monsieur Alphonse has been arrested by the Gestapo after being caught passing forged banknotes. Fortunately a glimpse of Helga's stockings strains his "dicky ticker" and he's rushed to hospital. The cafe staff and the Resistance must rescue him before the Gestapo can interrogate him.
4417"Going Like a Bomb"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft24 December 1988 (1988-12-24)

The Colonel sets up Bertorelli in an attempt to be rid of him. Michelle has another plan to help the British Airmen return home, with the help of the casing from a new type of bomb. LeClerc has yet another new disguise.


  • Note: This episode features the final appearance of Moira Foot as Denise Laroque.
4518"Money to Burn"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft24 December 1988 (1988-12-24)
LeClerc has been arrested by the Gestapo and they threaten to shoot him if the missing money is not returned.
4619"Puddings Can Go Off"Martin DennisJeremy Lloyd & David Croft7 January 1989 (1989-01-07)

The Resistance are in possession of a thousand kilograms of explosives which were originally in the bomb casings. René is charged with hiding the explosives, which will be disguised as 500 Christmas puddings.


  • Note: In this episode, we once again find Phoebe Scholfield playing one of Michelle's resistance girls, after she has played a communist resistance girl a few episodes earlier.
4720"Land Mines for London"Richard BodenJeremy Lloyd & David Croft14 January 1989 (1989-01-14)

The Gestapo discover the whereabouts of the landmines and decide to lie in wait in order to arrest the Resistance members collecting them.


  • Note: This episode contains an anachronism. When Fanny is complaining about the British, Edith says "Mama, I always thought you voted conservative!" This episode is set sometime during the time 1941-1943 and French women were not allowed to vote until 1944 and 1945.
4821"Flight to Geneva"Richard BodenJeremy Lloyd & David Croft21 January 1989 (1989-01-21)

René decides to elope to Switzerland with Yvette and the paintings.


4922"Train of Events"Richard BodenJeremy Lloyd & David Croft28 January 1989 (1989-01-28)
René's plans have gone awry, and the train is full of people after the paintings for their own ends.
5023"An Enigma Variation"Richard BodenJeremy Lloyd & David Croft4 February 1989 (1989-02-04)
René and his staff must impersonate a musical group at the chateau. René's attempts to disguise stolen gold don't work as well as he hoped, and Crabtree gives his own unique rendition of a popular French song.
5124"Wedding Bloss"Richard BodenJohn Chapman & Ian Davidson11 February 1989 (1989-02-11)
René and Edith are heading for the altar, while Michelle initiates Operation Waterloo, the latest plan to return the British Airmen to England.
5225"Down the Drain"Richard BodenRonald Wolfe & Ronald Chesney18 February 1989 (1989-02-18)

René must deliver the Enigma machine to a waiting British submarine, via Nouvion's sewer system. His resurrected plan to elope with Yvette interferes with the objective of the mission.


  • Note: In this episode, Richard Gibson (Otto Flick), Kim Hartman (Helga), John Louis Mansi (Von Smallhausen) and Gavin Richards (Captain Bertorelli) are credited without appearing.
5326"All in Disgeese"Richard BodenJeremy Lloyd & David Croft25 February 1989 (1989-02-25)

Another plan to get the Enigma machine safely into the hands of British intelligence sees a plethora of disguises from the usual quarters, with varying success, as the Germans are equally determined to get their hands on it too.


  • Note: In this episode, Edith's middle name is revealed to "Melba".
  • Note: In this episode, Yvette's surname is revealed to be "Carte-Blanche".
  • Note: In this episode, Yvette reveals she is 19, meaning she must either have been born in 1922, or 1921, as this episode was set in 1941.
  • Note: In this episode, Mimi reveals she is 18, meaning she have been born in either 1922 or 1923.
  • Note: In this episode, Edith "reveals" that she is nearly 27. If so, it would mean she must have been born in 1913.
  • Note: This episode marks the last appearance of Jack Haig as Roger LeClerc, since Haig would die a few months later, before the beginning of series 6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Desperate Doings in the Dungeon", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3379): 21. September 1988.
  2. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "The Camera in the Potato", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3380): 22. 1988-09-08.
  3. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Dinner with the General", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3381): 47. 1988-09-15.
  4. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "The Dreaded Circular Saw", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3382): 46. 1988-09-22.
  5. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Otherwise Engaged", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3383): 33. 1988-09-29.
  6. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "A Marriage of Inconvenience", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3384): 31. 1988-10-06.
  7. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "No Hiding Place", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3385): 35. 1988-10-13.
  8. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of The Arrival of the Homing Duck", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3386): 34. 1988-10-20.
  9. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Watch the Birdie", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3387): 33. 1988-10-27.
  10. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "René - Under an Assumed Nose", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3388): 41. 1988-11-03.
  11. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "The Confusion of the Generals", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3389): 36. 1988-11-10.
  12. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Who's for the Vatican?", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3390): 43. 1988-11-17.
  13. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Ribbing the Bonk", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3391): 38. 1988-11-24.
  14. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "The Reluctant Millionaires", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3392): 45. December 1988.
  15. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "A Duck for Launch", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3393): 37. 1988-12-08.
  16. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "The Exploding Bedpan", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3394): 36. 1988-12-15.
  17. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Going Like a Bomb", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3394): 91. 1988-12-15.
  18. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of Money to Burn", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3395): 23. 1988-12-29.
  19. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Puddings Can Go Off", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3396): 25. 1989-01-05.
  20. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Land Mines for London", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3397): 17. 1989-01-12.
  21. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Flight to Geneva", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3398): 30. 1989-01-19.
  22. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Train of Events", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3399): 21. 1989-01-26.
  23. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "An Enigma Variation", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3400): 25. 1989-02-02.
  24. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Wedding Bloss", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3401): 23. 1989-02-09.
  25. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "Down the Drain", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3402): 24. 1989-02-16.
  26. ^ "Radio Times listing for original transmission of "All in Disgeese", archived at BBC Genome Project". The Radio Times (3403): 21. 1989-02-23.

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