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A Winkle in Time 

Rene and the Cafe staff prepare to welcome the invading British troops, and soon find that the invasion party includes a couple of old friends. Lieutenant Gruber and the Colonel are ordered... See full summary »


John B. Hobbs


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gorden Kaye ... René Artois
Carmen Silvera ... Edith Artois
Arthur Bostrom ... Officer Crabtree
Vicki Michelle ... Yvette Carte-Blanche
John D. Collins ... Flying Officer Fairfax
Nicholas Frankau ... Flying Officer Carstairs
Sue Hodge ... Mimi Labonq
Kirsten Cooke ... Michelle Dubois
Kenneth Connor ... Monsieur Alfonse
Richard Marner ... Colonel Kurt von Strohm
Guy Siner ... Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kim Hartman ... Private Helga Geerhart
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... General Erich von Klinkerhoffen
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson ... Ernest Leclerc
Rose Hill Rose Hill ... Madame Fanny


Rene and the Cafe staff prepare to welcome the invading British troops, and soon find that the invasion party includes a couple of old friends. Lieutenant Gruber and the Colonel are ordered by the General to stay and fight the invaders, rather than surrender. However, seeing as their defeat is almost certain, the two German officers decide to go AWOL, disguised in stolen British uniforms. The second half of the episode is set many years after the war ends. Gruber, the Colonel and Helga, now private German citizens, return to their old French garrison in search of the old friends they made there. Written by Camel13

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14 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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The final show of the series. See more »


When Lt. Gruber and the Colonel come into Mama's bedroom, they just open the door and walk in. For the rest of the scene, the door is tipped, leaning against the wall. See more »


[Upon occupying Nouvion, the British commander presents Rene with a medal]
Major Twistleton-Smythe: Ree-nee Ah-toys, in recognition of your daring work for the resistance, I'm empowered by his majesty, King George, to award you the MBF medal, or "Magnificent Brother of France."
René Artois: [Excited] Oh, Thank you!
Major Twistleton-Smythe: [aside, to his 2nd in command] Don't tell him it really stands for "Mad Bloody Frog."
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A fitting end to a superb comic series
24 September 2018 | by seivadchSee all my reviews

Most of the last series of Allo Allo fell well short of the others. The change of actor for Herr Flick being a total disaster. However (with hindsight) it seems almost as if it was only made to lead up to this final chapter. This episode it split in time, the first half tidying up all the comic loose ends as Cafe Rene is liberated.

Then in the second half we see the view from many years later as Gruber, Helga and Eric return to Cafe Rene to meet again with Rene, Edith, Yvette and Mimi.

This has happened repeatedly since 1945. There are countless accounts in books, films and TV shows, of former combatants from WW2 meeting and finding out they were just ordinary people, doing the same job, with the same hopes and fears, caught up in something beyond their control. Even now their children and grandchildren continue to meet old, and new, friends.

Having cried with laughter for 9 series, reality finally reached Cafe Rene, and yes I still cried.

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