Café René

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René Artois in Café René, shown here in the intertitle of Puddings Can Go Off ('Allo 'Allo!).

The Café René is a fictional French café in the French town of Nouvion, during the early 1940s. It is owned by René François Artois, the main character of a British sitcom, 'Allo 'Allo! broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes.[1] The story is set up in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Café René is regularly frequented by the German forces. René has to be polite to them, but also has to be careful not to be seen as a collaborator. The local commandant, Colonel Von Strohm, his assistant Captain Hans Geering, and his secretary Private Helga Geerhart are the most frequent visitors to the café. Von Strohm is on good terms with René, but exploits the café to hide a stolen painting (the oft-mentioned Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klomp) he plans to sell after the war for his retirement.

Unfortunately Adolf Hitler also wants the painting and has sent Gestapo agent Otto Flick to find it. But the Germans aren't René's only problem. The French Resistance, led by Michelle, force him to hide two bumbling British airmen in the café, and all the time René must keep secret from his wife his long-running affairs with his two waitresses or risk losing his cherished café.