Read this very carefully, I shall write it only once…

Yes, my interpreter mind is already wondering how phrases such as “Good Moaning” and “I was pissing by the door, and I thought I would drip in” could be reasonably translated into German.

Confused?  Both are phrases from the UK sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo which I used to watch and which finished its original run in 1992.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the show has never been shown in Germany.  Then, last week, the BBC News website announced that ProSevenSat1 were to broadcast it dubbed into German.

Now I am completely intrigued as to how much of the original show will make it into the German version, as certain parts of it (symbols, salutes, etc.) are illegal here.  Will these just be edited out or blurred?

Any what about the accents?  The show relied on its over-exaggerated accents for distinguish between the languages “spoken”.  Actually, I’ve heard German actors using overdone English and French accents before, so that wouldn’t be too difficult to arrange.

I just wonder what the German audience are going to make of it all!   Let’s hope that ProSevenSat1 don’t think in a year’s time that it was a bad “mistake-a to make-a”!

About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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