Saturday, September 4, 2010

Heil Honey I'm Home!

Heil Honey I'm Home! is a controversial British television sitcom, produced in 1990, which was cancelled after one episode aired. The show centers on fictionalized versions of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, who live next door to a Jewish couple, Arny and Rosa Goldenstein. The show's plot is centered on Hitler's inability to get along with his neighbors. A caption at the beginning of the episode presented the series as a 'lost' sitcom from the 50s, recently re-discovered. The show spoofed elements of 1950s and 1960s American sitcoms such as Leave It to Beaver and I Love Lucy, including the corny title, light (even vacuous) plots and dialogue, and unwarranted applause whenever a character appeared on screen.

The plot of episode 1 involved Adolf telling Eva of the impending arrival of Neville Chamberlain, and begging her not to tell the Goldensteins. Of course, Eva lets it slip to Rosa that Chamberlain ("the most important man in Europe!") is coming round and Rosa tells Arny. They then crash the dinner party the Hitlers have prepared for Chamberlain.

Only the pilot was ever screened, making it the only UK show cancelled after one episode, although eight episodes were planned and a number were recorded. Neither the pilot or other episodes have ever been aired since. The show has since become renowned as one of the most controversial programs ever to have been screened in the UK.

A note from Josh – This one aired episode has unsurprisingly made its way to YouTube. You can watch it here, though it is broken into three parts: