RAF Flight Lieutenants Fairfax and Carstairs
are fictional characters
in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!
, which ran from 1982 to 1992. They were portrayed by the actors John D. Collins
and Nicholas Frankau
In the programme's pilot episode it was told that they had been shot down. They were later found by the Resistance, who forced René Artois
(the owner of Café René) to keep them in hiding after the owner of their previous safe house had been shot. There were many failed attempts by the Resistance to get the pilots back to England and they had to remain in hiding throughout the entire show.
Often they would hide in a secret compartment under the bar or in a wardrobe in the bedroom of Rene's mother-in-law. It was under her
bed that the pilots hid a wireless radio and the bedknobs would flash whenever there was an incoming signal, much to the old lady's discomfort. Usually, when their hiding place was opened, they would say with a very British accent, 'Hello!' and then they would answer the wireless or do whatever else they needed to do.
As they couldn't speak French, their oft-heard phrase of "What did he/she say?" became a running gag. This phrase often followed enthusiastic head-nodding at what the French characters were saying, as the pilots pretended to understand. They could communicate only with Michelle of the Resistance (and later with British Intelligence Agent "officer" Crabtree), who fortunately could speak fluent English.
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