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Auf Wiedersehen Pet - The Complete Series 1 [DVD] [1983]


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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Christopher Fairbank
  • Directors: Anthony Garner
  • Writers: Franc Roddam
  • Producers: Chrissy Skinns, Franc Roddam, Nick Goding, Roger Bamford
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006423G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,225 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The entire first series of the cult TV show, which sees a group of builders from England going over to Germany to work on a site by day, and do their bit for European harmony and understanding by night. The episodes are: 'If I Were a Carpenter', 'Who Won the War Anyway?', 'The Girls They Left Behind', 'Suspicion', 'Home Thoughts From Abroad', 'The Accused', 'Private Lives', 'The Fugitive', 'The Alien', 'The Last Rites', 'The Lovers', 'Love and Other Four Letter Words' and finally 'When the Boat Comes In'.

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First broadcast in 1983, Auf Wiedersehen Pet was an unlikely comedy hit about a group of British labourers forced to work in Germany during the recession. Scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, (previously responsible for Porridge and The Likely Lads) its main players are likeable stereotypes from all over England: there’s Wayne (the late Gary Holton), a cockney charmer and womaniser; Barry (Timothy Spall), the bumbling, haplessly pretentious Brummie; gentle West Country giant Bomber (Pat Roach); amiable Scouse Moxey (Christopher Fairbank); and the three Geordies; nervous Neville (Kevin Whately), loudmouth xenophobic lummox Oz (Jimmy Nail) and put-upon Dennis (Tim Healy), the reluctant gaffer of the mob. The show spawned a second series in 1986 then a belated follow-up in 2002.

The plotlines were entertaining--capers usually involving misunderstandings or hangovers or both: Oz eating rat poison, Oz attempting to smuggle porn, Neville waking up after a large night out with a German girl’s name mysteriously tattooed on his arm; Dennis’s tentative relationship with a German woman named Dagmar while on the rebound from his recent divorce.

However, the real meat of Auf Wiedersehen Pet was in the interplay of the characters--who were confined in prison camp-style conditions--and Clement and Le Frenais’ rueful sense of the comedy of men in crisis. Tim Healy’s Dennis in particular was a classic example of the indignity of the traditional grafter who suddenly finds himself struggling in mid-life, a condition exacerbated at having to "wet nurse" a bunch of wayward geezers, as he frequently complains. --David Stubbs

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By dave fretwell on 30 April 2005
Format: DVD
I remember this show from the first day it was aired on terrestrial T.V. and always made sure I was in to watch it, no matter what I was doing.
The actors are cast perfectly, no luvvie duvvies here mate, genuine accents abound, not some pretentious prig trying to sound like a Geordie or Cockney, even Londoner Barry's Brummie was spot on.
This was social history at it's best during a period in time when there seemed to be little hope for so many.
"Get on your bike" was a phrase coined by the politicians, these guys did and what spawned from the series is still relevant today.
I always found that I was left with the feel-good factor after every episode (as I still do now), you laughed with them, cried, felt everything they did, it was almost as if 'you were there'.
Coming from 'Up North' as they say, it is easy to see what the writers were striving for, we were all going through it and these lads played it out on screen for all to see and also, as a remminder to future generations.
Every epidode contained so much sheer brilliance it is impossible to pick anything out that stands above anything else, even the co-stars and the actors who made cameo appearances were just right.
5 stars is not enough for this brilliant piece of work, the writers must be congratulated.
Buy every series, you will not be disappointed.
RIP. Wayne & Bomber.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
~This series (and the 2nd) is so well acted it's almost like watching a new fangled reality TV show. The acting is by far amazing; with Jimmy Nail's Oz portraying a very genuine Geordie which other TV shows have failed miserably to archieve (Byker Grove and even Nail's own Spender). All the Geordies' dialog doesn't sound scripted in any way and it's nice to see characters like the neurotic Neville and Brenda being portrayed as "normal" people rather than oafish Geordies. Oz's character~~ never ceases to amaze, with his ignorant (yet often hilarious) banter and occationally suprising bursts of intellect (due to his avid reading of WWII spy books no doubt) and humility.
But it's Tim Healy as the troubled Dennis who often steals the show. His performance as a working class, so to be divorcee/single father is often heartbreaking, as you share his journey through his troubled chapter in life.~
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
Except no substitutes this the first & original Auf Pet series represents some of the best British comedy writing & acting you can get on DVD. There were highlights to follow in the sequels made but none were as consistently good as this first series. In fact they all seem now a contrived effort just to get the boys back together again. Series one has a real purpose in comparison & is very believable. The best comedy features men trapped in one way or another and the fact they all have to live in a hut in Germany to pay their way in Thatchers Britain is ironic but brilliant and works realy well. It is amazing to think that most of the actors were unknowns when this was made & Jimmy Nail hadn't even acted before! A Classic to be treasured & up there with such high company as Porridge (by the same writing team), Only Fools & Horses & Steptoe & son.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lesley_glanville@hotmail.com on 1 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
This programme is brilliant. It brings together some of the best humour of England from Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Somerset and the North East.

It shows how far some people will go to get away from the dole queue (and their wifes) and you can't help wanting to know what they're going to get up to next.
As the series progresses you get every scenario possible and you see the characters pull together through it all which strengthens their friendship. It's always got something or someone you can relate to and is constantly going from comedy to drama. A big thumbs up to the writers.
Completely addictive, I love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mwil896215@aol.com on 3 Jun 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a superb series following the fortunes of a group of builders as they leave England to work abroad,in Germany, exploiting a soon to be closed loophole, that allows them to work without paying tax or insurance.
We get to find out what they have left behind, and what they hope to achieve.
The adventures of 7 men let off the leash from domestic life, living on top of each other in a hut on a building site.
This is a never to be forgotten series that is still loved in this country, even producing a third series some 20 years after being first shown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 2 July 2003
Format: DVD
I was so glad to get this series on DVD! I was probably a bit too young to appreciate all of the humour when it was aired the first time around but I always loved the characters...and it is the characterisation that makes AufPet such a great comedy.
Although the action is set mainly in Germany the series still serves as a reminder of what the 80's and the Thatcher era were like in the UK. The desperate situation the gang are in and how they are penny pinching and grafting to make some money to send home to their families is a reflection of the time of high unemployment. Although it is a bad situation there are plenty of laughs as the lads try and live alongside each other and the Germans.
While re - watching these episodes recently I noticed that the comedy seems a bit slower paced that I originally remembered it. This is perhaps an indication of how more modern sitcoms try and cram in as many laughs as they can while sacrificing the storyline. The AufPet storylines never becomes boring, overworked or predictable but also they are never skipped over in search of a few cheap laughs.
OK so there are few extras on the discs which is slightly disappointing but the quality of the comedy is still enough to make this set a really worthwhile purchase. Brilliant stuff!
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