Monsieur Alfonse

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Monsieur Alfonse
'Allo 'Allo! character
First appearance The Funeral
Last appearance A Winkle in Time
Portrayed by Kenneth Connor
Occupation Undertaker & Deputy Mayor
Nationality France French

Monsieur Alfonse is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, which ran from 1982 to 1992. He was played by actor Kenneth Connor.

Character overview[edit]

Monsieur Alfonse is Nouvion's undertaker, first being seen when local hero René Artois fakes his own death. Alfonse quickly falls in love with the latter's wife, Edith, and René has to propose to Edith or lose his café as everyone believes he is dead.

Alfonse also has a small fortune in a Swiss bank account; therefore, Edith's mother agrees with the match, as Alfonse would make a better husband financially. He is also the functioning mayor of Nouvion, he owns the local hairdresser and vineyard.

The undertaker admires René for all the brave work he does for the Resistance, whom he also helps now and then, and agrees to admire Edith from afar. When he finds out about René's affair with waitress/mistress Yvette he tells Edith, but René manages to fob her off with another excuse.

There is a theory that Monsieur Alfonse did not live long enough to marry Madam Edith as he is not seen in the last episode.

Running gags & catchphrase[edit]

Monsieur Alfonse's catchphrase is "Swiftly and with style", while announcing his services. In addition to this, he also has a "dicky ticker", which acts up every time something stressful (or arousing) happens. Whilst being interrogated by the Gestapo after being found in possession of forged Francs, his dicky ticker played up and landed him in hospital. Alfonse also suffers from the less publicised "tricky truss".