A blue plaque has been unveiled to celebrate the 35th anniversary of smash-hit BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!
The plaque is located at Lynford Hall, a Norfolk country house that served as the location for much of the exterior filming. Although set in a small town in northern France named Nouvion, location filming took place in the north Norfolk venue, with the courtyard standing in as the town square.
Organised by The British Comedy Society, the ceremony saw almost all of the surviving cast reunited to unveil the tribute. Those in attendance included Vicki Michelle (Yvette), Guy Siner (Gruber), Richard Gibson (Herr Flick), Francesca Gonshaw (Maria), John D. Collins (Fairfax), Nicholas Frankau (Carstairs), Arthur Bostrom (Crabtree) and Sue Hodge (Mimi).
The celebrations, organised in aid of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, also involved a gala lunch, speeches from the actors, and an auction of memorabilia.
Created by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, ‘Allo ‘Allo! debuted with a pilot episode at Christmas 1982, with the first series launching on BBC1 on 7th September 1984. It became an international smash hit, spawning a stage show, books, and record releases, and ran for 9 series, concluding in 1992 after 85 episodes. The 7th September 2019 also marks the 97th anniversary of Croft’s birth.
Lynford Hall, now a hotel and events venue, was also seen in a number of Croft’s other period sitcoms, such as Dad’s Army and You Rang, M’Lord?. The nearby small town of Thetford was also the primary filming location of Dad’s Army‘s town scenes, and Croft lived within the region.
The event was presented in tribute of “the brilliant talents of David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd, Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Richard Marner, Rose Hill, Sam Kelly, Jack Haig, Hilary Minster, Kenneth Connor, John Louis Mansi, Derek Royle, Roger Kitter, and all the other members of cast and crew who are no longer with us.”
The British Comedy Society ) exists to preserve and foster the tradition of British comedy. Since its foundation in the early 1990s, it has raised in the region of £250,000 for charitable causes, and has placed over 40 blue plaques around the country to honour British comedies and comedy stars.
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