Tim Healy

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet has scenes cut for political correctness – and stars aren’t happy

Original actor Tim Healy hit back

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet has been screening on UKTV – with some of the ‘politically incorrect’ scenes cut out.

And now original actor Tim Healy and Coronation Street’s Melanie Hill have hit back at the decision.

They say it ruins the humour of the show.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet first came to screens in 1983 (Credit: UKTV)

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No more gags

Tim Healy said it was “a shame all the gags are gone” in repeats of the show.

He added: “It’s political correctness gone mad.

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“The rhythm of the scenes is now stilted and awkward.”

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet followed the fortune of seven construction workers who migrate to Germany.

It brought Tim Healy to fame.

Also in the show were Kevin Whately, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Christopher ­Fairbank and Pat Roach.

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Where are they now?

Jimmy Nail, who played abrasive bricklayer Oz, once said: “I didn’t understand at the time what the scale of the job was going to be.”

He even ended up with a music career following the success of the show.

But Holton, who played Wayne, died after a drug overdose in 1985, aged 33.

It happened during filming of a second series.

Meanwhile, Timothy Spall is a BAFTA-nominated actor who appeared in Secrets and Lies and The King’s Speech.

Tim Healy has starred in Benidorm and Still Open All Hours.

He added that the show would “always be in my heart and soul”.

An insult

Corrie’s Melanie Hill was next to wade into the row.

On Twitter, she wrote: “Totally agree – I think it’s ridiculous and an insult to the programme makers and the fans.”

She retweeted an official Twitter page for the show.

I think it’s ridiculous and an insult to the programme makers and the fans.

It said some scenes “make no sense at all” without certain critical moments.

Melanie appeared in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet as Hazel Fedfern from 1985 to 1986.

Hazel was married to Barry, played by Timothy Spall.

Before appearing on the famous cobbles, Melanie also starred as Aveline in the Scouse comedy Bread.

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