‘Allo’ Allo! star Vicki Michelle: Comedy is being disabled

‘Allo’ Allo! Actress Vicki Michelle said “comedy is being nullified – aka nullified” as she defended the hit BBC wartime comedy series of the 1980s.

The 71-year-old actor played waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche in the nine-series run, which ended in 1992, but remains one of Britain’s most beloved sitcoms.

Her waitress character is the mistress of cafe owner Rene Artois, played by the late Gorden Kaye in the film, set in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.


Yvette Carte-Blanche (Vicki Michelle) and Gestapo officer Private Helga Geerhart (Kim Hartman) on the set of Elstree Studios (Adam Butler / PA)

The series made a special comeback in 2007. Reports state that last year’s rerun episodes were given ‘offensive warnings’.

Michelle, who appeared in the Channel 5 documentary, ‘Allo’ Allo!: 40 Years of Laughter, told the Daily Mirror: “Comedy is being nullified – aka nuclear.

“I think 80% of this country would like a comedy like ‘Allo’ Allo! re-implemented, so 20% may have a grudge against some of the content.

“But people are blind and use the c word on their phones and that is considered good.

“And on reality TV, people make love under a sheet, and that’s fine.

“There is no such thing in ‘Allo’ Allo!.

“We covered up, embraced instead of kissing, and used nicknames used in wartime when the movie was set.

“I don’t think there’s anything in it that would upset the average person.”

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The late Gordon Kaye (Tony Harris/PA)

Michelle, who has also appeared in Emmerdale and Doctors, added: “Allo ‘Allo! didn’t send to anyone in particular – we sent everyone: German, French, English.

“In fact, this is how co-writer David Croft describes the characters: ‘The Germans are kinky, the French are rude and the English are stupid.’ So I think we ended up worse.

“It’s a family show where the adults get the double scammers and the kids just think the situation is funny.

“You can see someone on television in a bikini and their breasts are exposed.”

‘Allo’ Allo! follows Kaye’s character Rene as he risks his life to help the resistance and avoid trouble with the Nazis.

Carmen Silvera plays his wife Edith, Richard Gibson as Gestapo officer Herr Flick and Arthur Bostrom as officer Crabtree, whose skewed vowels make him accept the greeting ‘Good groan’.

It’s an age-old joke that Rene hid a painting, The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies, inside a garlic sausage.

Kaye passed away in 2017 at the age of 75.

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