Despite these concerns, the ratings remained high throughout. The episode titled "Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore", which Clement and La Frenais described as their favourite in the second series because it was "drab and grey looking", and "added some meat to Oz's character", was not only the most watched episode of the show's run but drew in the highest audience percentage out of all the channels on the night of its screening, with sixteen million viewers.
Some scenes were also filmed in West BridgfordNottinghamshire. Studio scenes were filmed at Central's new studios in Nottinghamreplacing those at Borehamwood. The original episodes had been shown in a late evening slot and hence were very adult in content; ITV wanted to show them during family viewing time, and also in a minute slot. Consequently, they cut each minute episode into two minute ones, thus turning the 26 episodes of the first two series into The shows had to be further edited to remove adult language and sexual references to make them suitable for the desired family-viewing timeslot, and hence the plots often became confusing as key scenes were removed and much of the humour was lost.
There were viewer complaints about the editing, and after a few weeks Thames and TVS both opted out of the run and instead showed the original uncut episodes at The majority of ITV regions stayed with the edited run until its natural end in September.
Sketches written and performed for the Sunday for Sammy charity concerts inspired Clement and Le Frenais to revive the series. The original writers and all of the surviving cast returned, joined by Noel Clarke as Wayne's son Wyman.
The characters all appeared to have moved on: Moxey was no longer a wanted criminal; Oz had given up drinking; Barry ran a seemingly successful business exporting out of date food and Lada cars back to Russia in reality smuggling drugs into the country, a fact Barry was unaware of ; Neville and his wife Brenda, ran a building company called Nevenda Homes supplying pre-built homes from Scandinavia to DIY home builders.
Dennis, however, was now a taxi driver whose biggest Auf Wiedersehen was on Tuesdays and Fridays driving a drug dealer around the area.
The series' storyline revolves around a plan by corrupt politician Jeffrey Grainger played by Bill Nighywhom Oz had met in prison, to dismantle the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge a real-life industrial landmark and sell it for reconstruction in the Far East. Persuading Oz to get the old gang back together to dismantle the bridge, he then plans to cheat them out of their share of the profits, until a Native American from Arizona named Joe Saugus played by Gordon Tootoosis arrives to buy the bridge for the benefit of his tribe's casino after seeing an advert placed online by Oz.
The lads fly to his reservation to reconstruct the bridge. Each episode except the first featured a re-cap of the previous episode's events in a voiceover from Dennis, a feature not continued in the fourth series.
The special-effects depicting the dismantling of the bridge were so realistic that many people believed it was really being removed, forcing the BBC to add a caption to the final episode reassuring them that it was still there. Middlesbrough Council also issued a press release stating that the bridge remained in situ. Despite some initial scepticism that the revival would not work, the show was an immediate hit.
Some of the cast made an appearance on Comic Relief 's Red Nose Dayin which they find a suitcase LP) of money in a Miami hotel room and assume it belongs to a drug dealer who wants to shoot them but actually belongs to U2 who invite them to their penthouse. The characters now work as building subcontractors for the British Embassy after a building job in Moscow goes badly wrong and are given a tip off from a friend of Oz who tells them about specialised embassy work.
The team are posted to Havana to completely refurbish the British ambassador's new residence. They also carry out some unofficial building work for Oz's Cuban girlfriend's family. Neville was reluctantly recruited as a spy for British Intelligence before they left UK and was duped into LP) for Tarquin Pearce, the press liaison officer at the Embassy, Oz falls in love with prima ballerina Ofelia Ortiz, Barry finds himself in prison on the edge of a nervous breakdown, Moxey becomes a guinea pig trainer and Dennis ends up in a relationship with Wyman's mother.
Despite extensive negotiations between the BBC and the Cuban Government, it was not possible to obtain permission to film in Cuba, so the series was actually shot in the Dominican Republic. Shooting in Bangkok took place partly in the red-light district Soi Cowboy. Pat Roachalthough suffering from cancerhad hoped to appear in the mini-series, but was not well enough  and died in July.
Instead, Dennis reads a letter from Bomber to the rest of the group while they are all dining in a restaurant, where he explains his reasons for not having joined them. The group lift their glasses and drink a toast: "To Bomber! The story sees the remaining six working in a British Embassy somewhere in central Africa that is about to be overrun by rioters. Most of them escape uninjured, except for Oz who sustains a painful injury to the rectum protecting a female staff member while they are having sex from a bomb.
The boys then move on to Laos and later Thailand,  where Barry's Russian ex-wife, Tatiana, turns up to announce that she is carrying his child following a brief "reconciliation" back in the UK.
After working for the Australian embassy Neville accompanies Barry and Tatiana for a journey upon the Eastern and Oriental Express in which they meet, by coincidence, Tarquin Pearce. During a stopover on this trip, Barry is kidnapped and held by guerrillas in a village in the jungle.
When the others find out and follow they are also captured. They end up being imprisoned in a bamboo hut but are treated kindly by the local villagers. Eventually, Dennis has an idea inspired by the film The Bridge on the River Kwai to build a washhouse for the villagers to keep their minds occupied during their ordeal.
After obtaining the guerrilla leader's satellite phone while he is asleep Neville manages to send a call for help to Brenda, his wife and as a result the army and the Australian embassy locate them.
It turns out that the man who arranged their hostage taking by the guerrillas was Neville's corrupt handlerTarquin Pearce from Series 4. Deprived of their hostages, the guerrillas decide to take Tarquin hostage instead. In the final scenes Dennis, Neville and Oz ask the embassy to give them an assignment in a nice peaceful country - and find themselves heading back to Germany once more.
On the ferry from England, Neville is asked what Brenda said to him when he told her he was heading off to Germany, he replied that she said "Auf Wiedersehen The opening and closing credits for the first two series were each accompanied by songs performed by Joe Fagin. The songs were released as a 7" single, and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in January Mackay and La Frenais also collaborated on "Get it Right", the song used for the opening credits of series two.
The two tracks were released together as a double-sided single, but only reached number 53 in the UK charts in April The tradition of using two separate songs was broken when the BBC revived the show. Instrumental music opened each episode of the third series. Incidental music was used for the fourth series and for the special. However, when the character of Dennis reveals a photograph of all of the original group taken in Germany, "Breakin' Away" begins and continues over the final credits of the show.
In JuneDigital Channel Yesterday picked up the rights to repeat the first three series of the show; these were then shown at 10 am and 4 pm on Weekdays. Yesterday had to edit the third series' episodes to fit into their timing schedules; therefore instead of them being 60 minutes in length they were reduced to 45 minutes. This was not apparent with the repeats of the first two series.
There was a kind of innocence and sensitivity to him that I think was possibly always there. One look at the scripts told Christopher that there wasn't much to work with as his character "Moxey" had been created for a musician friend of Ian La Frenais' who lacked acting experience, Auf Wiedersehen.
They didn't have too much of an idea about who he was, other than they thought it might be good if he was a bit sickly and always had a cold, not what you imagine a builder to be. He said to me "Have any thoughts? I lived there when I was a teenager for a couple of years. I could give you a bit of Liverpool" Dick said "Yeah, give us a bit of that. We're thinking Irish but Liverpool sounds OK.
They thought he would come in with a dartboard, which is basically how he gets into the hut. But Dick said: "Actually a good line would be if he said, "But I haven't got any darts. I found the course really boring So were the blue streaks in Wayne's hair just for the programme? Brick by brick, the back lot of Elstree Studios was turned into a Dusseldorf building site, the cameras rolled and the nine month shoot started in the August of The actors' home for that time would be the infamous "Hut B".
Shortly before his untimely death inPat Roach remembered filming in the hut: " We always used to film on Friday evening, which if you can imagine, was the time when everyone was about to commute back from London.
When we were in the hut all we could hear were trains and aeroplanes. If you ever had to force your heart and your nerves, and dare I say you sinews, not to scream! Because you were doing your lines, and thinking to yourself; it's my turn to do the dialogue now.
Have all those trains gone or shall I hold off against the next one? So you have to to have the will to go on. You'd be saying, "I phoned home this morning and spoke to Beth" and you'd hear this chug-chug-chug of the train. You'd continue, "Beth was quite upset" You wait for the Director to say: "Sound interference - cut!
Then all of a sudden an aircraft's taking off when you're trying to deliver the same lines! Filming in the hut caused problems and according to Tim Healy: " There'd be sand in between your toes and sand in the bed. We said "At the end of this series we're going to burn this bastard down" because we hated it that much. The writers said "Oh, shall we put that in the script? Pat Roach remembered: " It seemed to me at the time that it was highly dangerous, and I said, several times: "We've got to be careful here.
Timothy Spall explained that plans for destroying the hut took a rather dangerous turn during rehearsal. A couple of Special Effects guys and a cameraman had to jump out of the windows! It was very bad, I think Gary was in there too. Gary was indeed inside the hut, his legs caught light and he was bundled outside. It wasn't the first time Gary was injured on set. He was taken to hospital for treatment after being over-zealously ejected from Hut B into a muddy puddle in the "Love and Other Four Letter Words" episode.
The first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet ran between and with viewing figures steadily rising and topping the 14 million mark, Ian la Frenais and Dick Clement had a huge hit on their hands and they had just written television history. The true-to-life storylines were believable, capturing the reality of honest working men screwed by LP) system.
Governing the building site in a typical German manner, and having constant run-ins with the British workforce from Hut B. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was appealing to the working class so with stories appearing in The Sun and the Daily Mirror it was excellent promotion. Further proof of the popularity of the show was the theme tune, "That's living alright" sung by Joe Fagan, reaching number three in the chart in January Timothy Spall noticed the change almost immediately.
I said to him: "There's no need to be concerned, I'm perfectly happy. After the run of thirteen episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet had finished the British public wanted more. There had to be a second series of the show and in February filming began on Auf Wiedersehen Pet 2.
The cast were no longer unknowns. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was a huge hit and had turned all of the Magnificent Seven into stars in their own right and the pressure to come up with high quality material to match, or even surpass, the original was great. During the series the magnificent seven completed building work for Dennis' Glaswegian gangster boss, Ally Fraser.
Renovating LP) run-down Thornley Manor in Derbyshire and turning it into an old folks home. Speaking in Lesley said " Vicki is streetwise though but she doesn't know big words and Ally is always putting her down. I wouldn't stand for that in real life! It was during Vicki's scenes with Oz that Lesley's real-life partner advised her to wear an extra pair of knickers during the filming of a bedroom scene.
It's my legs I'm worried about Conditions were hardly glamourous during series two.
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