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Episode Guide (Series 1)

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1: If I Were A Carpenter (11 Nov 83)

Dennis, Neville and Oz head for Germany, looking for work as bricklayers. They get work in Dusseldorf, but only two bricklayers are needed. Dennis makes out that Neville is a carpenter so that the trio can stay together.

Neville isn't too happy with his work, since his carpentry skills are very limited. He decides to call it a day and head back home.

That night, he goes out on the town and has too much to drink. He wakes up next morning with a tattoo on his arm, dedicated to someone named Lotte. He decides that he'll have to stay in Dusseldorf for the time being.

2: Who Won The War, Anyway? (18 Nov 83)

Neville is suspended from work when his boss finds out that he's a bricklayer rather than a carpenter.

Watching a group of men playing football, Neville spots an unexploded bomb which has been unearthed by a mechanical digger. He raises the alarm and is hailed as a hero. The boss finds a bricklaying job for him.

There's a sudden vacancy because Oz has been in a fight with a group of Germans and has been sacked. The German workers go on strike until Oz is reinstated.

3: The Girls They Left Behind (25 Nov 83)

Oz's wife, Marjorie, hasn't heard from him for quite a while and she's getting desperate for money. She goes to see Dennis' wife, Vera, and asks her where the lads are in Germany.

Oz gets a letter from Marjorie, but marks it 'not known at this address' and sends it back. He takes a trip to watch a football match, gets drunk and wakes up on a plane bound for Newcastle. He makes his way home and gives Marjorie a sob story about not having any money.

When Oz is still missing after several days, the lads back in Dusseldorf auction off his belongings and send the proceeds to his Newcatle address. He reappears to find that Marjorie has, apparetly, got the money she wanted from him after all.

4: Suspicion (2 Dec 83)

It looks as if there's a thief in the hut and everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else. Various plans are hatched to catch the culprit but all of them end in failure. It turns out that the thief is someone from outside the hut.

5: Home Thoughts From Abroad (9 Dec 83)

Bomber's sixteen-year-old daughter runs away from her home in Bristol, so Bomber returns home to be with his wife while the search for their child continues.

The missing daughter finds her way to Germany and turns up on the site looking for her father. The lads decide to hide her in the hut until Bomber returns.

6: The Accused (16 Dec 83)

Neville meets a German girl in a bar and they share a taxi home. The girl is later assaulted and Neville is arrested by the police.

A group of German workers from the building site track down the real culprit and force him to give himself up to the police.

7: Private Lives (30 Dec 83)

Dennis is getting it together with Dagmar from the site office. He takes her off to a hotel for a romantic interlude.

Meanwhile, Wayne and Barry are 'on the pull' and have met up with a couple of Swedish air hostesses staying at the same hotel. Oz decides to play a practical joke on them, so he rings the hotel and leaves a message telling Barry and Wayne to go up to a particular room. The room is occupied by a German couple who think they're being mugged. Wayne and Barry have to 'do a runner' from the hotel.

Their escapades ruin Dennis and Dagmar's chances of a romantic evening.

8: The Fugitive (6 Jan 84)

The lads go off for a weekend's fishing in the country. They meet up with an English lad who turns out to be AWOL from the Army. The lads persuade him to return to his unit.

9: The Alien (13 Jan 84)

MacGowan is a violent Irish nutcase. Nobody on the building site likes him and he's always getting into fights and causing trouble. He ends up as an unwelcome guest in the hut. The lads have to find a way of getting rid of him.

Also appearing:
Michael Elphick (MaGowan)

10: Last Rites (20 Jan 84)

While visiting a local hospital, Dennis and Neville become friendly with a Geordie expatriot named Hedley. He stayed in Germany after 'leaving' the Army and now has a terminal illness.

Meanwhile, Oz has come up with a scheme to make money by exporting hardcore pornaographic videos from Germany to England. He talks Barry and Moxie into investing in the scheme and looks for a way to smuggle the videos to England.

When Hedley dies suddenly, Oz talks the rest of the lads into paying for the body to be taken back to England for burial. He plans to hide the porno videos in the coffin.

Wayne is going home for a family wedding, so he's talked into visiting Hedley's sister and arranging for the body to be handed over. He discovers that she doesn't want anything to do with her brother, who was apparently thrown out of the Army for racketeering.

Hedley is cremated in Germany and Oz learns that his investment has gone up in smoke.

11: The Lovers (27 Jan 84)

Barry talks the lads into redecorating the hut, using paint 'redistributed' from the site stores.

Oz pretends to be a rich man's son to impress a German girl. He falls in love with her, only to discover that she has a Turkish boyfriend who owns a local 'sauna parlour'.

Oz almost ends up being knifed by the Turk, but is rescued when the Turks on the building site convince the wouldbe attacker that Oz is 'otherwise inclined'.

12: Love And Other Four Letter Words (3 Feb 84)

Dennis' wife, Vera, visits him in Dusseldorf and tells him that she wants to try to rescue their marriage.

Meanwhile, Wayne has fallen in love with Christa, a secretary in the site office.

13: When The Boat Goes Out (10 Feb 84)

It's just about time to pack up and go home now that the German government has decided that all foreign workers will have to register and pay income tax.

Dennis has decided to go back to Vera, so he plans to spend one last night with Dagmar.

The rest of the lads go out on the town. When they get back to the building site, a fire starts and the hut is burnt to the ground. They all go round to stay the night at Dagmar's place.

Next day, the lads go their separate ways and Dennis, Neville and Oz catch the ferry back to England.