‘First sight of the site...’

To celebrate 33 years of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet we got in touch with Stan Hey to get a first hand account of what it was like on the BECO Site at Elstree. Stan Hey wrote some of the finest episode from Series 1 & 2, ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad’ and ‘Cowboys’ to name just a few! Stan recounts his first trip to the ‘German’ site in Elstree, and how the set design was so brilliant and convincing, he thought he was in Germany. Copyright: The following images and text are copyright awpet.com.  Acknowledgement: Text & Pictures Stan Hey Site Release Date: November 11th 2016 

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Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 1983 - 2016
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When I was called in to meet Allan McKeown on Saturday 12 February I knew nothing more than that he had a new project on the go that needed another writer. He ran me through the set-up – Geordie builders working in Germany – and popped in a video cassette. What was shown was unedited footage of a large bloke – Oz – scrambling around among piles of breeze blocks, moaning in loud Geordie. The yellow Liebherr cranes and strangeness of the site convinced me the scene had been filmed in Germany, and I almost thought it was documentary. I was gobsmacked when Allan told me it was at Elstree Studios (TV not film) and that a German site had been built there – with imported bricks, tools, cranes, diggers and so on. By Tuesday 15th, I was on my way up to Elstree – ‘out of the station, down the high street, left at the Carpet Moon shop’ (as seen in the credits when Bomber gets off a coach). I’d been to the studios before – recording a failed pilot about two young lads starting out as 60s pop duo – so knew some of the lay-out. But I was soon being shown around the full site – huts; cement mixers; admin building; scaffolding, bricks, cranes – all with German signs/labels. It was very convincing and Ian Le Frenais and producer Martin McKeand were pleased that I liked it – probably because they wanted me to start writing asap. During the script meeting that followed it became clear that the planning was about using as much as the site as possible, as only a fraction of the shoot was being done in Germany itself. So the first thing I had to do was to keep new sets to a minimum – Bomber and Patsy’s living room in ‘Bristol’ for example. And so it began – the site and the hut were the main stages; the claustrophobia of both were replicated in my writing room as I got to know my new ‘workmates’.

‘First sight of the site...’

To celebrate 33 years of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet we got in touch with Stan Hey to get a first hand account of what it was like on the BECO Site at Elstree. Stan Hey wrote some of the finest episode from Series 1 & 2, ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad’ and ‘Cowboys’ to name just a few! Stan recounts his first trip to the ‘German’ site in Elstree, and how the set design was so brilliant and convincing, he thought he was in Germany. Copyright: Images and text are copyright awpet.com. Acknowledgement: Text & Pictures Stan Hey Site Release Date: November 11th 2016 
Do you have something to add? If you have something to add, whether it be pictures, a magazine interview or something else, we would love to have it on the Fansite! Please use the Contact link above in the navigation bar and Email us.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 1983 - 2016
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When I was called in to meet Allan McKeown on Saturday 12 February I knew nothing more than that he had a new project on the go that needed another writer. He ran me through the set-up – Geordie builders working in Germany – and popped in a video cassette. What was shown was unedited footage of a large bloke – Oz – scrambling around among piles of breeze blocks, moaning in loud Geordie. The yellow Liebherr cranes and strangeness of the site convinced me the scene had been filmed in Germany, and I almost thought it was documentary. I was gobsmacked when Allan told me it was at Elstree Studios (TV not film) and that a German site had been built there – with imported bricks, tools, cranes, diggers and so on. By Tuesday 15th, I was on my way up to Elstree – ‘out of the station, down the high street, left at the Carpet Moon shop’ (as seen in the credits when Bomber gets off a coach). I’d been to the studios before – recording a failed pilot about two young lads starting out as 60s pop duo – so knew some of the lay- out. But I was soon being shown around the full site – huts; cement mixers; admin building; scaffolding, bricks, cranes – all with German signs/labels. It was very convincing and Ian Le Frenais and producer Martin McKeand were pleased that I liked it – probably because they wanted me to start writing as soon as possible. During the script meeting that followed it became clear that the planning was about using as much as the site as possible, as only a fraction of the shoot was being done in Germany itself. So the first thing I had to do was to keep new sets to a minimum – Bomber and Patsy’s living room in ‘Bristol’ for example. And so it began – the site and the hut were the main stages; the claustrophobia of both were replicated in my writing room as I got to know my new ‘workmates’.