This show really started for me with the introduction of 'Gendarme' Crabtree in the early part of the 2nd season. This charachter is an absolute joy to watch and would do Inspector Clouseau proud with his horrid French accent. Another funny addition is the Gestapo agent Von Smallhausen(Herr Flick's assistant) who does an hilarious quiet, sinister German accent of the hollywood sterotypical kind. The looks of exasperation on Rene's face upon Officer Crabtree's entrances to the cafe are priceless. Do yourself a favour and purchase both boxsets of this BBC classic, I can't imagine this show being produced in these PC concious times. Everyone is equally lampooned, the randy french,the dopey toffee nosed Englishmen, and the incompetant corrupt Germans who are hell-bent on stealing French artworks. All in all a complete joy to watch with numerous laugh out loud scenes. Now when will seasons 5-9 be released? form memory season 5 was a full 23 episodes? more than the usual 6-8.