Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

If I Were a Carpenter

Series 1 - Episode 1 If I Were a Carpenter



A peerless piece of TV history. Not only did this drama of brickies abroad launch the careers of its stars, including Kevin Whately, Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail. But it also confirmed what we already knew of its writers, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais: superb one-line merchants who could be gritty and poignant when the need arose.

This first and best series from recession-hit 1983 works especially well today, and sees a trio of cash-strapped Geordies forced to find work in Düsseldorf. Like Porridge and The Likely Lads before it, Pet is hilariously honest about the working-class male. Continues tomorrow.


The group arrives in Germany with hopes of high wages and bierkellers full of frauleins, but the truth is much harder to bear. Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais's popular comic drama following the fortunes of English workers seeking their fortune overseas, starring Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail.

Cast & Crew

Neville Kevin Whately
Oz Jimmy Nail
Dennis Tim Healy
Barry Timothy Spall
Wayne Gary Holton
Bomber Pat Roach
Herr Grunwald Michael Sheard
Vera Patterson Caroline Hutchison
Brenda Hope Julia Tobin
Director Roger Bamford
Writer Ian La Frenais
Writer Dick Clement
Writer Franc Roddam
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