When five times BAFTA nominated and award-winning Allo Allo first hit our television screens in 1982, no one could have predicted it’s phenomenal success. With constant repeats being shown since the show reached it’s 25th Anniversary in 2007 and the decision was taken to create a one-off special to mark the occasion. The new episode was named The Return of Allo Allo and penned by one of Allo Allo’s creators, Jeremy Lloyd.
Several of the original cast, including Vicki, re-created their iconic roles with the scene set some 15 years after the war, Rene writing his memoirs and the ever faithful Yvette still by his side helping to run Café Rene. The new storyline was also cleverly interspersed with flashbacks and cast interviews. The show was filmed in front of a live audience (most of whom were dressed as their favourite Allo Allo characters) and broadcast on the 28th April 2007.
Proving to be a huge success, the show was later nominated for two Royal Television Society Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Programme and the highly prestigious top award of Best Network Entertainment Programme.
The awards ceremony took place at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester, hosted by Kym Rider and Bradley Walsh in front of a star-studded audience. As is nearly always the case in such circumstances, Vicki and the rest of the team attending the awards, were completely unaware of the result ahead of the day, so it came as a great surprise when the announcement came that they had scooped the top award of the night, Best Networked Programme.
Vicki and Jeremy Lloyd accepted the award accompanied by the production team. “It was the most amazing feeling”, said Vicki. “So exciting and yes, we did all get just a little bit drunk”!
Among original cast members taking part were; Gorden Kaye, Kirsten Cooke, Arthur Bostrom, Sue Hodge, Guy Siner, John D. Collins, Nicholas Frankau and Robin Parkinson.