Allo Allo first hit our TV screens in December 1982. Created by the writing partnership of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft in what was considered by many to be the golden age of the sitcom, it was reportedly based on the BBC drama series Secret Army. Set in war torn France the story is centred on French café owner Rene Artois (played by Gorden Kaye), his long suffering wife Edith (Carmen Silvera), mother-in-law Madame Fanny (Rose Hill) together with the café waitresses including Yvette played by Vicki, who all find themselves thrust by default into the very forefront of the Resistance escape route. The programme ran for ninety two episodes in nine series over ten years before finally bowing out in 1992.
It has sold to over eighty different countries, been translated into countless languages and is currently enjoying a whole new audience as a result of constant re-runs worldwide. Quite simply Allo Allo has become one of the most successful and popular sitcoms of all time.
Offered her role as a result of impressing the writers while playing the part of a French robot maid in one of Croft and Lloyd’s earlier series Come Back Mrs Noah, Vicki was the obvious first choice for the character Yvette although she did also read for the role of Michelle of the Resistance, the role ultimately being played by Kirsten Cooke.
It was some 18 months from the pilot screening until the recording of the first series when public demand took over and the rest, as they say, is history.
The beautiful Yvette is one of several waitresses to be employed at Café Rene and also Rene’s favourite mistress!
Devoted and loyal to Rene to the last, Yvette’s love knows no bounds. Seductive, resourceful and hard working, she will stop at nothing to please her man!
David Croft, Martin Dennis, John B Hobbs, Richard Boden, Susan Belbin, Robin Carr, Sue Longstaff and Mike Stephens
Regular Cast and Characters Include
Rene Artois – Gorden Kaye
Edith Artois – Carmen Silvera
Yvette Carte-Blanche – Vicki Michelle
Mde Fanny La Fan – Rose Hill
Monsieur Leclerc – Jack Haig, Derek Royle, Robin Parkinson