Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lads Say That's All Pet

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lads Say That's All Pet

Article excerpt

Twenty two years ago no one other than family and friends knew the names Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy and Kevin Whately.

Fast forward to 2005 and they are three of our most sought-after actors, as they have been for 21 years!

Earlier this week, more than seven million of us said goodbye to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet for the final time. Who would have thought when its first ever episode was screened on ITV back in 1983 it would become one of the country's best-loved comedy dramas?

But viewers took an instant liking to sensible Dennis Patterson, (Healy), hen-pecked Neville Hope, (Whately), and slobbish Oz Osbourne, (Nail), when the Geordie builders packed their trowels and headed east to find work in Germany. The series kick-started the careers of the trio and at the peak of its popularity attracted audiences of 13 million.

A second season in 1986 followed the lads to Spain, but the death of Gary Holton, who played Cockney Wayne Norris, during filming, was a blow from which the show never really recovered. …

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