Just started watching this legendary series from the start and i'm loving it. Great writing as ever from the legendary Clement & Le Frenais It's good social comment on Thatcher's Britain mixed in with the humour and drama of a bunch of builders lives.
Great stories from the off which will resonate most with anyone who ever worked "on-site". The first episode show Nev winging it as a chippy a practise I witnessed first hand in the early 90's as tradesmen tried to get work.
Great how Osbourne found himself back home after getting drunk with the footie crowd in episode 3 .
Any other fans here ?
I know Gene likes it as does our old mate Barry the Radish. Hey bazzer, just how much have you got in the West Bromwich Building Society
One of the best, if not THE best TV series ever written. I can watch these over & over again & never get bored. Series 1 is probably my favourite. I like the German aspect to it. Although I suppose series 2 is equally as good but for different reasons.
I love Auf Pet, I think series 2 is the best, they seem to have got into their stride by series 2. Series 3 was watchable (just!), but series 4 was awful, I think I only saw a couple of series 4 episodes.
They should have followed Fawlty Towers example and finished for good after the second series and quit while they were at the top. Some things should never be revisited, you just can't capture the magic of the original two series, it was of it's time and should have been left in the 80s.
Another fan here. Got the box sets of seasons 1 & 2 and the soundtrack CD too. Again, references to Berwick by Clement and La Frenais, just as they did in WHTTLL.
Like others, I could watch (and do) it over and over and never get bored of it. Love all of the characters dearly and all are very believable. Hard to believe that the meek "dearest Brenda" Neville could go on to be a bit of a skirt chaser and spy in later series and for that reason, I'm out when it comes to anything after series 2.
My all time favourite line is from Oz in series 2 where Dennis is trying to persuade Arthur at the Barleymow to let them stay - "has that b@stard given in yet Dennis" Brilliant. Or the bit where Barry is brass rubbing in the church and the vicar comes in and gives him a fright. Absolutely brilliant series.
There is a very good fan site with the locations for the series, well worth a look:
One of the best series ever made and so well written. When I was at school everybody was talking about it, especially after the first few episodes of the first series hit our screens in the autumn of 1983. All the characters were so funny and so real, and it was just one of those great ideas that seemed to work perfectly.
As others have said above, I think Series 1 and 2 were fab; Series 3 was OK; but Series 4 was pretty poor - wasn't Neville recruited as a spy in Cuba. Perhaps it was a mistake to bring the show back on the BBC (it was originally on ITV) after such a long period of time and, of course, sadly, they were missing Gary Holton.
The 'permissive society' doesn't exist. I know, I've looked for it - Rupert Rigsby