The show was centred on fictionalised versions of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, who lived together in suburban bliss, until the day their lives are turned upside-down by their new neighbours, the Goldensteins, who are Jewish. The show's plots inevitably centred around Hitler's inability to get on with his neighbours. The show spoofed elements of 1950s and 1960s American sitcoms such as Leave It to Beaver, including the corny title, light to the point of vacuous plot and dialogue, and unwarranted applause for when any character appeared on screen...Just sounds too awful for words. Any Bloghead readers actually ever see it?
To say it was controversial is somewhat an understatement. When the first episode was aired, it was seen by virtually all as being in very poor taste. It was accused of crassly trivialising Nazism and the horrors of the Holocaust, and of being an insult to British survivors of the Nazis' atrocities. Altogether, eight episodes were produced but only one was ever screened; the inevitable furore that accompanied the first episode led BSB to pull the remaining shows, and they have not seen the light of day since. The show has since become renowned as one of the most controversial programmes ever to have been screened in the UK; it listed at #61 on Channel 4's The 100 Greatest TV Moments from Hell.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Talking of Hitler parodies, my husband remembers a short-lived sitcom produced in the UK called 'Heil Honey, I'm Home!', made in 1990 for BSB. A quick Google search came up with this:
Posted by Miriam at 12:35 AM