49 votes
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

ITV 1983

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Dusseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S5E2

#1 - Au Revoir, Part 2 (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Barry is missing: taken hostage, his captors demand a ransom of £100,000. When the rest of the lads set out to find him, they meet a man who claims to know where Barry is being held. He drives them into the jungle to find Barry, but it's a set-up and they are all taken hostage.

The episode was rated 8.75 from 16 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E2

#2 - Who Won the War Anyway? (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Neville is suspended from work when his boss finds out that he's a bricklayer rather than a carpenter. Watching a group of men playing football, Neville spots an unexploded bomb which has been unearthed by a mechanical digger. He raises the alarm and is hailed as a hero. The boss finds a bricklaying job for him. There's a sudden vacancy because Oz has been in a fight with a group of Germans and has been sacked. The German workers go on strike until Oz is reinstated.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 47 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S2E13

#3 - Quo Vadis, Pet (Season 2 - Episode 13)

Dennis manages to get the upper hand, forcing Ally Fraser to "wipe the slate clean". Oz has a fling with Ally's girlfriend, Vicki. He also wins the Spanish lottery. The day of the wedding arrives and Barry and Hazel are married at sea. Ally Fraser turns up in another boat, closely followed by a Customs boat. The series ends with Kenny Ames' yacht heading for Tangiers, with the Customs in hot pursuit.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 37 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E13

#4 - When the Boat Goes Out (Season 1 - Episode 13)

It's just about time to pack up and go home now that the German government has decided that all foreign workers will have to register and pay income tax. Dennis has decided to go back to Vera, so he plans to spend one last night with Dagmar. The rest of the lads go out on the town. When they get back to the building site, a fire starts and the hut is burnt to the ground. They all go round to stay the night at Dagmar's place. Next day, the lads go their separate ways and Dennis, Neville and Oz catch the ferry back to England.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 44 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S4E6

#5 - The End of the Affair (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Pru comes to the aid of Neville after he is kidnapped. Pru explains to Neville that Tarquin has not been entirely honest with him. Oz visits Barry in jail and finds that he's suffering badly. Oz makes a decision that will help Barry, but will damage his relationship with Ofelia.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 34 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S2E7

#6 - No Sex Please, We're Brickies (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Ally Fraser wants the conversion work at Thornley Manor to be finished quickly. He offers the lads some more work renovating his villa in Spain. Arthur Pringle discovers that Wayne didn't bother to get an import license for his German car. He tells the Customs & Excise and they impound Wayne's car. The lads help to get the car back and manage to finish the work at the manor. Before leaving, they brick up Arthur's front door.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 45 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S2E6

#7 - Cowboys (Season 2 - Episode 6)

A plumber named Harry Blackburn, who's mad about Country and Western music, joins the gang temporarily. He talks the gang into going for a night out at a Country and Western pub, where "Big Willie Osborne" does a turn. The lads go on strike in protest against Ally Fraser's treatment of Dennis. Fraser sends a gang of 'heavies' around to teach the strikers a lesson. The lads give them a "good kicking".

The episode was rated 8.14 from 49 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E12

#8 - Love and Other Four Letter Words (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Dennis' wife, Vera, visits him in Dusseldorf and tells him that she wants to try to rescue their marriage. With Vera and the kids back home to consider, will he stay in Germany or Return to the Sunny shores of England? Meanwhile, Wayne has fallen in love with Christa, a secretary in the site office.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 33 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E5

#9 - Home Thoughts from Abroad (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Bomber's sixteen-year-old daughter runs away from her home in Bristol, so Bomber returns home to be with his wife while the search for their child continues. The missing daughter finds her way to Germany and turns up on the site looking for her father. The lads decide to hide her in the hut until Bomber returns. But can they keep her a secret from the Germans until Bomber returns?

The episode was rated 8.04 from 48 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S2E12

#10 - For Better or Worse (Season 2 - Episode 12)

Hazel arrives in Spain and Barry tries to get wedding plans sorted out. Ally Fraser suggests that the happy couple should get married on Kenny Ames' yacht. Unbeknown to the lads, Fraser plans to use the wedding as a cover for smuggling his money into Spain.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 37 votes.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S2E8
#11 - Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Season 2 - Episode 8

Oz goes back to Newcastle and finds that his wife Marjorie has moved away and someone else is living in his flat. He goes to his son Rod's school and waits for the lad to come out. He learns that Marjorie is now living with an Italian named Sandro. She plans to move to Italy with him, taking Rod with her.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E1
#12 - If I Were a Carpenter
Season 1 - Episode 1

Dennis, Neville and Oz head for Germany, looking for work as bricklayers. They get work in Dusseldorf, but only two bricklayers are needed. Dennis makes out that Neville is a carpenter so that the trio can stay together. Neville isn't too happy with his work, since his carpentry skills are very limited. He decides to call it a day and head back home. That night, he goes out on the town and has too much to drink. He wakes up next morning with a tattoo on his arm, dedicated to someone named Lotte. He decides that he'll have to stay in Dusseldorf for the time being.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E4
#13 - Suspicion
Season 1 - Episode 4

Something very expensive goes missing from the hut and they all begin to suspect each other. So in a bid to catch out the culprit various plans are hatched but as usual all of them end in failure. But in the end it turns out that the thief isn't one of them at all but someone from outside the hut.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S3E6
#14 - An Inspector Calls
Season 3 - Episode 6

The lads discover that the past has a habit of coming back to haunt them. A police inspector arrives looking for Moxey and a vengeful Grainger puts a spanner in the works with the bridge-build. Dennis negotiates a peaceful solution, and Grainger agrees to go to Arizona. The bridge is finally completed - but they have a little surprise planned for Grainger! N.B. The Transporter Bridge is still in Middlesborough!

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E11
#15 - The Lovers
Season 1 - Episode 11

Barry talks the lads into redecorating the hut, using paint 'redistributed' from the site stores. Oz pretends to be a rich man's son to impress a German girl. He falls in love with her, only to discover that she has a Turkish boyfriend who owns a local 'sauna parlour'. Oz almost ends up being knifed by the Turk, but is rescued when the Turks on the building site convince the wouldbe attacker that Oz is 'otherwise inclined'.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S4E1
#16 - Britannia Waives the Rules
Season 4 - Episode 1

Russia. A marble staircase. Oz descends in his dirty, worn white underpants to join the others over a morning cuppa. The house is magnificent - another job well done. It is payday, and after a celebratory vodka, the boys head outside for a final photo, where the house explodes behind them, leaving them penniless and with no way home. The lads head to the British Embassy, where Oz knows an old Geordie contact who tells the team about the existence of the Overseas Estates Development department which arranges for British workmen to travel round the world fixing up British Government property. The gang plan their letter of application on the way home: ""We are independent building contractors with a vast amount of experience. We recently reassembled the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in Arizona, which must count as one of the most famous erections in recent years."" Neville turns down the opportunity this time, but he is approached by a member of MI6, and is asked to work undercover.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E10
#17 - Last Rites
Season 1 - Episode 10

While visiting a local hospital, Dennis and Neville become friendly with a Geordie expatriot named Hedley. He stayed in Germany after 'leaving' the Army and now has a terminal illness. Meanwhile, Oz has come up with a scheme to make money by exporting hardcore pornaographic videos from Germany to England. He talks Barry and Moxie into investing in the scheme and looks for a way to smuggle the videos to England. When Hedley dies suddenly, Oz talks the rest of the lads into paying for the body to be taken back to England for burial. He plans to hide the porno videos in the coffin. Wayne is going home for a family wedding, so he's talked into visiting Hedley's sister and arranging for the body to be handed over. He discovers that she doesn't want anything to do with her brother, who was apparently thrown out of the Army for racketeering. Hedley is cremated in Germany and Oz learns that his investment has gone up in smoke.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E9
#18 - The Alien
Season 1 - Episode 9

MacGowan is a violent Irish nutcase. Nobody on the building site likes him and he's always getting into fights and causing trouble. And with Bomber away he ends up as an unwelcome guest in the hut. However the lads find an ingenius way of getting rid of him.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S3E3
#19 - Bridge over Troubled Water
Season 3 - Episode 3

There is trouble all round and the deal to sell the bridge falls through but help arrives in the most unusual form, a native American! Oz finds out his son is a 'pillow biter' (gay) and has to deal with it in his own way. And a hit man is sent looking for Moxey.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - S1E3
#20 - The Girls They Left Behind
Season 1 - Episode 3

Oz's wife, Marjorie, hasn't heard from him for quite a while and she's getting desperate for money. She goes to see Dennis' wife, Vera, and asks her where the lads are in Germany. Oz gets a letter from Marjorie, but marks it 'not known at this address' and sends it back. He takes a trip to watch a football match, gets drunk and wakes up on a plane bound for Newcastle. He makes his way home and gives Marjorie a sob story about not having any money. When Oz is still missing after several days, the lads back in Dusseldorf auction off his belongings and send the proceeds to his Newcatle address. He reappears to find that Marjorie has, apparetly, got the money she wanted from him after all.

The episode was rated from 50 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2022



The first two series were, and remain a key part of my childhood, what I know about manly honour, how to chat up birds and drinking beer. Nowadays they’d probably call it ‘_bromance_’ but Barry would name it **comradeship** :heart_eyes:


Just a Classic completely watchable over and over again.


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