Welcome to our final Newsletter for 2016! All the team here at Auf Wiedersehen, Pet would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish you all a very Happy and Safe New Year!
                                                           

Welcome to the final Newsletter of 2016! 

  • A round-up of 2016
  • A brand New Quiz to bring in the New Year
  • Your Christmas snaps
  • A word of thanks from the team

Oh, and to bring in the New Year we have a quiz! Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Superfan Steve Pratt has put together an ‘Ultimate Quiz’ to end 2016 and start 2017 off with a bang! We will update thenext Newsletter,  Fansite, Twitter and Facebook pages to let you know when the next 25 are online! Prizes to be won? Oh yes!

Here is a round up of just some of our features from an incredible 2016!

February: 30 Years of Series 2

Can you believe it's been 30 years since Series 2 first aired?

Friday at 9pm on 21st February 1986 saw series 2, episode 1, 'Return of the Seven (Part 1)' burst onto our screens when seven familiar faces reunited to give us a second helping of comedy / drama gold. And who would predict that this series would go on to be the most watched ever peaking with over 16 million viewers during episode 8, 'Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore'?

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February: Bill Paterson Interview

We caught up with the legendary actor Bill Paterson who played series 2 villain ‘Ally Fraser’ to bring you an exclusive two-part interview! Bill shares many fond memories with us of his time filming Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. In Part 1 of our interview we discover an interesting fact you couldn't possibly know, how he was offered the part of such a pivotal role, what went wrong during filming and what was it like working with our magnificent 7.

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April: Sunday For Sammy

A minute’s rapturous applause and a standing ovation started proceedings at this year’s sell-out Sunday for Sammy gala with both matinee and evening audiences showing appreciation and admiration for north east legend Brendan Healy who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Brendan’s character will be best known to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet fans as Andy, an avid football supporter who mistakenly assisted a drunken Oz (Jimmy Nail) onto a chartered flight back to Newcastle following a Sunderland vs Liege game in Belgium (series 1, episode 3). 

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April: Fans Celebrate Series 2

Earlier this year fans joined John Strachen AKA ‘Big Baz’, Central TV Crew members Colin Russell (Rigger) and Deborah Kerby (Assistant Set Designer) plus BBC Radio Nottingham’s reporter Rebecca Brice in the heart of Nottingham to celebrate 30 years since series 2’s ‘Return of the Seven – Part 1’, first aired back in 1986.

Find out how fans visited many of the locations used in Series 2, and also listen to Big Baz and Central Crew members talk about what went on behind the scenes of this hugely popular second series!...

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June: Sunday For Sammy 2016

Sunday the 12th June saw the official Sunday for Sammy 2016 DVD Preview launched at a private viewing where cast came together to watch a truly wonderful performance recorded back in February at Newcastle’s City Hall.

Two sell out performances featured Northern comedy in abundance and an array of fine live music plus a two-part special Auf Wiedersehen, Pet sketch entitled ‘Helen and the Geordies’ – a hilarious comedy take on ‘Helen of Troy’ - penned by the shows original writers Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement.

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June: D-HB….

Fans will remember Wayne’s cherished red BMW was a little present to himself after working 6 months in the ‘Arctic Circle’ in Series 2, Episode 7. Having ‘inadvertently overlooked’ import duty, his pride and joy was seized by Customs and Excise – thanks to Arthur ‘Tiger’ Pringle – resulting in Oz enjoying an afternoon of passion in a beautifully ironic twist of fate! (Ed. we knew there was a reason Stan Hey joined the writing team!!)

Whilst Wayne’s BMW is believed to have long since gone, the front number plate was retained by its owner as a souvenir.

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August: Martin McKeand

We recently caught up with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Series Producer Martin McKeand to bring you an exclusive in-depth interview. Martin tells us how he got involved in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, what his role as Producer entailed and how he met and worked alongside Director Roger Bamford. Martin also talks about casting the magnificent 7, how ATV (later Central TV) were embarrassed to promote the first series and opens up about some of the problems encountered during the production of the second series given Union problems and the sad untimely passing of Gary Holton.

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October: From The Archives....

In 2002 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet returned for a third series but not before the press got hold of our lads on location in Arizona! This brand new series came 16 years after Series 2 and had many at the BBC on tenterhooks. Would it be a success and could we equal what we did in the 80’s? Thankfully it was hitting 12 million viewers at it's peak. Times reporter Stephen Hobbs meets many of the lads on location in the Arizona desert. Stephen also catches up with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet creator Franc Roddam and talks with writer Ian la Frenais about returning some 16 years on.

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November: 33 Years Of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

On the 11th November 1983, Neville Hope spoke those immortal words loved by millions of fans around the world. Who'd have thought 33 years on, we'd still be following the Magnificent 7 and enjoying televisions number 1 comedy drama of all time?

Over the past 33 years, we've been on a wonderful journey with the boys spanning 40 episodes plus two specials. From Düsseldorf to Marbella to Havana and Bangkok, these boys have been through thick and thin and we still love them dearly. 

We’ve put together something special! Above, is a never before released picture of the Cast & Crew on the BECO Building Site film set at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood on the day filming wrapped! The eagle-eyed fan might spot Christopher Fairbank on crutches?! That’s right, Christopher managed to brake his leg prior to filming the 13th and final episode of series 1; ‘When the Boat Goes Out’. Watch closely, and you’ll notice Christopher manages to hide his injury well; in one scene, an inebriated Moxey is carried home to Hut B by Bomber with his plaster cast ingeniously concealed behind his jacket.

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Ultimate Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Quiz: Part One

Late in December 2016, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet superfan and current holder of the ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Engraved Pewter Tankard’ Steve Pratt got in touch, wondering if we’d like to team up and put together an ‘Ultimate Quiz’ to end 2016 and start 2017 off with a bang! Of course we jumped at the chance!

The quiz will be split into several parts, with the first 25 being below. We will update the next Newsletter, Fansite, Twitter and Facebook to let you know when the next 25 are online! Make a note of your answers over the next several newsletters to win a bunch of prizes! 

The Ultimate Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Quiz: Part One

Fans And Their AWP Christmas Goodies....

We asked fans on Social Media to send in their pictures of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Goodies they received this Christmas. Here are just a few....

Recent feedback...

"This is the third t-shirt I've bought from the range and I'm absolutely delighted with it as with the previous 2. I work in the clothing industry and a lot of online clothing is very poor quality but the Auf Wiedersehen Pet stuff is good quality and no doubt in the future I will be buying more items...." Lawrence C

"Very pleased with my purchase !! Fast efficient excellent service !! Will deffo purchase again..." Mr D

"Top Rank Hat. Good quality. Certainly keeps my ears warm. "Because it's bitter out ya knoo" RHill

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The team at the Official Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Fansite would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish you all a very Happy and Safe New Year! Watch out for more exciting features, interviews and merchandise coming in 2017. We'd like to thank you for all your emails and positive feedback, keep them coming here!

Who knows what lies ahead......Lee, Tim, Andy & Gavin.

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