Eighties TV nostalgia with cast reunion, replica sets, and dinner a la Café René
IF you grew up in the Eighties, it was a playground badge of honour if you were allowed to stay up to watch ‘Allo ‘Allo! Featuring the original sexy French waitress, questionable jokes about sausages, and a whole continent's supply of dodgy cultural stereotypes, it had us sniggering on our sofas long after we should have been in bed.
And the weird thing is, considering how dubious and dated it ought to feel, it hasn't stopped being funny. (Watch the clips on YouTube if you're sceptical). We all remember the catchphrases but the laughs didn't stop there. There's a certain form of anarchic, daft British humour that doesn't go out of style, and ‘Allo ‘Allo! has got it in spades.
If you're a fan, or you were a fan all those years ago, this cast reunion night at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham is for you. Featuring a three-course dinner and live entertainment, it's a multi-generational night out that'll remind you of when families all watched the same show, at the same time, on the same screen - and of how nice that was.
Four of the original cast will be there: Richard Gibson who played Herr Otto Flick, Guy Siner who played Lieutenant Hubert Gruber, Kim Hartman who played Private Helga Geerhart and Arthur Bostrom who played Officer Crabtree.
They'll look back on some of the show's funniest moments from on and off the screen before answering questions from the audience, and doing souvenir photos. There'll also be replica sets and a television memorabilia auction.
The dress code is 'pay homage to your favourite character'. Edith's 1940s-style glamour is very now and will be fun to recreate. Herr Otto Flick's look, not so much. We'll be playing it safe and going as René.