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'Allo 'Allo
Videos & Merchandise Available

Although one of the most popular sitcoms in British history, 'Allo 'Allo is curiously short of merchandise available for fans to purchase. Only recently have video cassettes become available at all, and very few other items are available:

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Looking for videos in America?

Most 'Allo 'Allo videos are done in PAL format, which is a broadcast standard only used in England, Australia, and a few other countries. (Please note: PAL and VHS are different standards: VHS is a size of videotape and has nothing to do with the broadcast format that is on the tape. 'Allo 'Allo videos are both VHS and PAL at the same time. Just because you have a VHS VCR does not mean you can play the VHS 'Allo 'Allo videos). If you buy an 'Allo 'Allo videotape in PAL format, it will not play on your American TV set. Your VCR will play the tape, but the signals that come out will look like static to your TV. American television uses a standard format called NTSC instead of PAL for broadcast. You only have a few choices if you want to watch official 'Allo 'Allo videos in America:

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View a full-size scan of the front of the box of vol 1 (61K)
View a full-size scan of the back of the box of vol 1 (77K)

Four video tapes of 'Allo 'Allo now exist:

Rated PG 'Allo 'Allo: The Early Years Volume One
contains three episodes (92 minutes total):

Rated PG 'Allo 'Allo: The Duel
contains three episodes (110 minutes total): Rated PG 'Allo 'Allo: The Nicked Knockwurst
contains three episodes (104 minutes total): Rated PG 'Allo 'Allo: Flight of Fancy
contains three episodes (110 minutes total):
These tapes were produced by the BBC only in PAL (British television standard) format, but an NTSC (North American television standard) version is available for purchase from Brits, a British specialty store in Lawrence, Kansas. You can go direct to their 'Allo 'Allo page by clicking here. What you are actually buying when you buy a tape from Brits is a translation of the tape into NTSC. The NTSC version (which is what you can watch here in the USA) is of course a second-generation copy and a little grainy, but better than most copies of episodes I've seen elsewhere - plus, you're supporting the show by buying a real copy, and casting one more economic vote for further compilations to be released! You can order using credit card by calling Brits toll-free at 1-888-38-BRITS. They charge $19.99 for each tape, plus about $3.50 shipping & handling. They also have the War Diaries paperback for sale!

European fans, and others who need tapes in PAL format, can order any of the videotapes from Black Star.


Finding Rare 'Allo 'Allo Books

A good place to try to find rare, out of print, or otherwise difficult to find books dealing with British TV is the Sugen & Co company. They advertise regularly in British television mags as having "hundreds of second hand British TV paperbacks."

For a catalogue, send $5 (US cash or US check, payable to "M. Negus") to:

Sugen & Co.
Southwood House, Well
Nr. Bedale,
N. Yorks,
D18 2RL
United Kingdom
Their ad says books can be bought using personal checks drawn in U.S. dollars.


Although there is no music specifically for 'Allo 'Allo (and in particular, there are no recordings of the theme song), there are a number of good collections of music from World War II, some of which contain songs used in 'Allo 'Allo:
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