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Classic TV: Auf Wiedersehen Pet – S01 E09 – The Alien



The lads reluctantly bail out Magowan,a violent Irish worker jailed for fighting and reluctantly allow him to move in with them after he has been thrown out of his hostel. They are forming a darts team but do not want him to join though they are too scared to tell him,especially after he has assaulted Neville for asking for his bail money back. However,when Neville sees the boss,Herr Grunwald,at a porn cinema,the lads coerce him into sacking Magowan and getting rid of him for good.




Auf Wiedersehen Pet is a British comedy-drama series about seven English migrant construction workers who leave the UK to search for employment overseas. In the first series, the men live and work on a building site in Düsseldorf. The series was created by Franc Roddam after an idea from Mick Connell, a bricklayer from Stockton-on-Tees, and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also wrote The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Porridge. It starred Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Christopher Fairbank, Pat Roach and Gary Holton, with Noel Clarke replacing Holton for series three and four and the two-part finale. The series were broadcast on ITV in 1983–84 and 1986. A successful revival of the show saw two series and a Christmas special on BBC One in 2002 and 2004.

In 2000, series 1 set in Germany was ranked number #46 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes in a list compiled by the British Film Institute. In 2015, the 1980s series was voted ITV’s Favourite TV Programme of all Time in a Radio Times readers’ poll in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the station. The show was the subject of the first episode of the BBC documentary series Drama Connections in 2005.

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