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TV Times February 15th 1986

It’s the return of Series 2 on ITV, and the TV Times has given Auf Wiedersehen, Pet its own cover feature! This issue features many rare pictures and some great interviews with the cast. Sadly at this point we knew that Gary Holton had passed away and this series was going to be the last.  How wrong were we?
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Sunday Magazine

The tabloids loved Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in the 80’s, and this spread into 1988, when apparently the show had a ‘killer curse’. As we know this was only done to try and sell Newspapers. Still, it features some rare pictures and some words from the lads.  
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Gary Basford

Gary Basford has sent in some pictures, that were taken in 1986, just several months after filming took place. What I really love about these pictures is you can still see a lot of features on The Windmill aka The Barley Mow that were just the same as when they filmed.
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‘We were known as ‘The Magnificent Seven’....’

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - Behind The Scenes Series 2. Series 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is one of the fans favourites! First airing on February 15th 1986, and going on to be the highest rated Series of all. The series features so many classic episodes and memorable scenes, that its hard for many to choose a favourite. Stan Hey wrote many of these episodes from series 2, with his ‘Thornely Trilogy’ being rated as some of the best episodes ever!. Who can forget Arthur Pringle at The Barley Mow, The Ghost at Thornely Manor and of course that lovable scene stealing rogue, Ally Fraser? This vast collection of ‘Behind The Scenes’ pictures and articles from Series 2 is always expanding with new additions. Enjoy.

Grantham Matters Pictures

Thanks to John Pinchbeck at Grantham Matters  we now have this fantastic collection of pictures of the lads at The Windmill, Redmile aka The Barley Mow from Series 2. The clarity and quality of these pictures is outstanding, and shows Jimmy Nail walking with a Walking Stick in one picture!
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Stan Hey Timeline Series 2

A lot of fans want to know the dates of certain things. From dates of filming, to script readings, when was this filmed etc. Thanks to a lot of people, including Stan Hey writer of episodes from Series 1 and 2, we can now put some dates, to scenes, script readings, rehearsals and a lot more.
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Stan Hey ‘Thornely’ Pictures

Stan Hey, writer of episodes from Series 1 and 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, visited Beesthorpe Hall aka Thornley Manor back in 1985. He kindly sent in his own pictures, which you can see is of the scenes from the end of ‘Cowboys’ when ‘Big Baz’ tries to persuade the lads back to work, and fails.
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The Star October 26th 1985

Now, I know the lads from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet hated the media back in the 80’s and maybe still do now, but I think this is a great addition to the site. I guess what’s been printed is old news now, and it is still a piece of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet history.
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Series 2 Pictures, UK

Here is quite an extensive collection of Behind The Scenes images from series 2 taken in the UK on location. From Wayne and Barry, during filming at Beeston to the lads outside and inside Thornely Manor.
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Series 2 Pictures, Spain

These pictures taken during filming on location in Spain, feature many rare shots of the cast and crew doing what they do best. This collection is always expanding, and we are always finding new pictures of the lads from Series 2.
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The Bel and Dragon

Unlike many other pubs or bars used in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Star Inn, Beeston is an actual pub used in the show, which fans can visit and have drink. This featured in ‘The Return of the Seven - Part One’, when Barry and Wayne take Pippa and Linda for a quick drink. Barry forgets the time, and ends up leaving his Fiancé Hazel and ‘The Wey Ling’.
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Thornely Manor Pictures

During Series 2, this publicity photo was taken, with the bottom left being the final version which was used in the media. Here we have a selection of this publicity shot, with a few cast in different pose. We have the wild eyed Wayne in one, and the classic shot of Jimmy with the sledgehammer aimed at Tim Healy’s head.
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The Barley Mow. Studio or not?

There has been much debate about the interior shots of ‘The Barley Mow’ and if the inside was actually used or a studio. I have asked Shane and Tim Spall, and Tim’s answer was that it was half and half. I have put together some screen shots and pictures of the interior of ‘The Windmill’ to finally prove it was actually a studio.
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Stan Hey - 10 Questions*

Back in 2012, I sent out a message to fans explaining how Stan Hey, writer of episodes from Series 1 & 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, had agreed to answer fan questions. Questions ranged from how he got involved with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, to his favourite episodes and also how did they cope with Gary Holton’s death. *Actually 12
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TV Times March 15th 1986

This is the TV Times from March 15th 1986 and features the first ever listing of A Home From Home. This issue doesn’t feature any other articles or interviews which many other issues do. It does feature a small photograph.
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TV Times 22nd February 1986

This edition features the listings from February 22 - 28 1986, when Return Of The Seven Part Two was airing for the very first time, and also a small article on how Series 2 was fresh and appealing and not just copying ideas from Series 1.
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TV Times April 12th 1986

This edition features the listings from April 12-18 April 1986, when ‘Hasta La Vista’ was airing for the very first time. You can also read a short  interview with Pat Roach on location in Spain for Series 2.
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TV Times 10th May 1986

This edition features the listings from March 10-16 May 1986, when Quo Vadis, Pet was airing for the very first time. This edition strangely does not feature anything else about the show ending or ‘what’s next....?’ I guess many viewers knew this was the end, little did they know....
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Thornely Manor Door

This is an odd one, but the front door of Thornley Manor has turned up. Now for those of you who don’t know, the front door as we see it on screen such as in the screen cap below, was made especially for filming. For those of you who have visited. The door used in the show, was made for filming, and now it has turned up on another building
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Thornely Manor Interior

It’s been almost 30 years since Beesthorpe Hall in Nottinghamshire was turned into a rundown, derelict looking country manor. Many fans of the show have visited what is an iconic building to Auf Wiedersehen Pet fans, but not many have seen it being transformed into Thornley Manor.
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Barry and Oz Poaching

One of the most memorable scenes from Series 2, was when Barry and Oz go fishing, or poaching.  In May 2003, Paul Kenny wrote to The Bugle in Youlgrave to ask questions about filming in the area. What he got back was quite interesting, and also some pictures too.
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TV Times March 8th 1986

We now have the Internet, and masses of media, but in the ‘good old 1980’s’ we had to rely on these simple but very informative TV magazines. This edition features the listings from March 8-14 March 1986, when Another Country was airing for the very first time. You can also read an interview with Kevin Whately and Tim Healy.
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Ally Fraser’s Villa, Marbella

This is another one of those iconic buildings, instantly recognisable to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet fans. This featured heavily in the latter episodes of Series 2, and hasn’t changed much since its time on screen in 1986. Filming took place here in October 1985, and featured some of the most memorable scenes from Series 2.
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Beesthorpe Hall, Part 2

Back in April 1985, shooting began at Beesthorpe Hall aka Thornely Manor, Caunton, Nottinghamshire. Thanks to Charlotte Halse, I can now put together the full collection of pictures taken by the Halse/Matthews family, who were the owners of the house in 1985.
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Beesthorpe Hall History

Beesthorpe Hall located in Caunton, Nottinghamshire, is the location for the second series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, as I am sure many of you know. From the front it is easy to recognize, and also see why this magnificent looking building was used. Find out about it’s history going all the way back to 1547.
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The Barley Mow

I can be pretty sure that every Auf Wiedersehen, Pet recognizes this as The Barley Mow from the second series of AWP, I mean, who could forget Happy Harry the Wing Co! The Barley Mow, or The Windmill as it is known in the real world, has seen a couple of changes over the years, but is still a fantastic location for all Auf Pet fans to visit, and have a bite to eat.
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Creating Thornely Manor

Back in April 1985, shooting began at Beesthorpe Hall aka Thornely Manor, Caunton, Nottinghamshire. Thanks to Colin Matthews, for the following pictures which were taken during filming in 1985.
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15 Townley Crescent

Dennis - “Typical eh.....Four and a half hours from Newcastle, and an hour and a half to find Townley Bloody Crescent....” Luckily for you, it isn’t going to take you an hour and a half to figure out where Townley Crescent is, or Collington Street in Beeston which is the real life location.
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Thornely Manor Exterior

It’s been almost 30 years since Beesthorpe Hall in Nottinghamshire was turned into a rundown, derelict looking country manor. Many fans of the show have visited what is an iconic building to Auf Wiedersehen Pet fans, but not many have seen it being transformed into Thornley Manor.
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Various Media Articles

Over the years, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet has been in many magazines and newspapers. From the TV Times to the Daily Mail and other newspapers and magazines. If you have anything you can scan and send, it that would be a great addition to the site, as things like this from the 80’s can be very hard to get hold of
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Barry Brass Rubbing Church

I am sure many of you will remember this scene, when Barry heads out to do a bit of Brass Rubbing one evening, while the rest of the lads go out on the pi....on the....go for a walk like. The scene was filmed at St Peters Church, Main Street, Redmile for the exteriors & Stanford on Soar church in Nottingham, for the interior.
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Barry’s House, On Location

Thanks to Tim Wagstaff, who is responsible for the excellent ‘Series 2 Location Videos’, he has managed to get hold of some unseen pictures from Series 2. Most fans of the show will know, that it was actually filmed on location in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. They were taken during filming of the ‘Return of the Seven’ episode.
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Series 2 Promotional Card

Any fan who contacted Central Television in 1986, would have probably received one of these through the post. It is a printed card, with a promo shot outside Thornley Manor, and on the back, printed autographs of all the cast, which you can see.
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The Vehicles From Series 2

The cars and other vehicles that featured in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet may be long gone, or not! Myself and many of the fans have searched high and low to try and find if any of the vehicles still exist. From Dennis’ Camper Van to Neville’s Ford Capri, we can hopefully finally lay to rest the history of the vehicles from Series 2.
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Joys James, an Extra.

One day we filmed the scene whereby the lads were sitting down to breakfast. The director told the lads they could have what they wanted but for continuities sake that had to have the same meal over and over whilst the scene was being shot. I recall Tim Healy coming over and telling us he would never eat black pudding again!
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Listener 1986

The Listener Magazine, is a New Zealand based Political, Cultural and Entertainment Magazine. Breaking Away on the Forum has been on the hunt for anything Auf Wiedersehen, Pet based in magazines, and has come across, not only this but many other articles, pictures and listings for the show, going back to Series 1 in the 1980’s!
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Beesthorpe Hall For Weddings?

Many thanks to Andy Patrick for scanning this Beesthorpe Hall leaflet from several years ago. Beesthorpe Hall at one time was hired out for weddings and other events. I have removed some information below to protect the current owner.
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Series 2 Press Booklet

Many thanks to Nick on eBay for sending me these scans. If you’re a member of the Forum, you will know that the website missed out on buying this very rare press booklet. Only a small amount of these were sent out to Newspapers and Magazines. These are extremely rare, and its believed not many will have survived.
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Beesthorpe Hall Aerial Photos

Many thanks to Gavin Owen for sending in these superb aerial shots of Beesthorpe Hall in Caunton, Nottinghamshire. Beesthorpe Hall was Thornely Manor in Series 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and is one of the most iconic buildings used in the show.
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Stoke City V Newcastle Utd

We all know the scene, Neville has popped off home for the weekend in the episode ‘Cowboys’ and Neville and Brenda are in bed together. Brenda is trying to get all romantic, but Neville has the radio on, and is listening to the match. That match was Stoke City v Newcastle United, Saturday May 4th 1985.
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Gary Holton Tribute

Whether you know him as the Heavy Metal Kid, or Wayne Winston Norris, Gary Frederick Holton was the business and he certainly lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle, appeared on Top of the Pops, sold more records than the Beatles (In Norway!) raised funds for charity and still found time to work behind the bar of his Dad's pub in Welshpool!.
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Series 2 Press Pictures

These are Series Two press pictures, that were sent out just to TV journalists ahead of the shows being shown on TV, for the purposes of getting advanced publicity and building up the potential viewing figures. Press photos were issued in relatively small numbers, usually just a few hundred copies, and after use many were simply binned rather than being filed away, so surviving copies can be rare
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Central Letter, Redmile

Filming took place in Redmile, Leicestershire, May 1985. Central Television wrote to the residents of Redmile who may see some disruption to their daily lives for a few days during the month.
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The Thornely Village Store

In the Series 2 episode ‘Another Country’ Neville pops down to the Thornely Village Shop for what appears to be magazines etc. As we know, this location was filmed in the local shop in Knipton and not a studio.
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Series 2 Press Pack

These Series Two press packs are still  around, and if you have a keen eye, you can snap one of these up online. These were handed out to members of the press during early 1986, to prepare and give them inside information on what was coming up in Series 2.
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On Location, Marbella

Thanks to the wonders of the internet once more, we now have these very rare pictures taken on location in Spain. These pictures which seem to be taken from a few episodes, with Tim Spall looking like he’s filming the final episode ‘Quo Vadis, Pet’.We don’t have any exact dates, but they were taken during August and October 1985
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Trivia and Filming Errors

Series 2 could be the greatest Series of all 5, and with many fans especially liking the Thornely Manor episodes. There is a huge collection of Trivia and Filming Errors from this series, such as the lads leaving Newcastle on Saturday, but not getting to Spain until Tuesday....
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Not Many People Meet Big Baz!

That's right! Almost 30 years since Series 2 was filmed the team have tracked down the legendary ‘Ying Tong John’ AKA 'Big Baz'! We hit the road in February 2014 with Big Baz and visited several filming locations including Ally Fraser’s ‘Scanda Sauna’ and ‘Thornely Manor’, Derby's rest home for retired gentlefolk!
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The Sans Souci

In Series 2 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Kenny Ames was the smooth talking ‘Porn Merchant’ who lived in Marbella to escape from the British Police. Kenny had a Yacht in Marbella called the ‘Sans Souci’ mostly used for, in his words ‘pissing about the port in it with a few birds’. Find out what’s happened to it!
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