‘Don’t mention the war!’
Anglo-German relations were back in the news last week, when UKTV (temporarily) removed that classic ‘Germans’ episode of Fawlty Towers from its playlist. In the end it turned out to be much ado about next to nothing, but it was a reminder that for Britons of a certain age, Germany will always have a special frisson. Anyone old enough to have seen Fawlty Towers first time around tends to be preoccupied with the place, and for all the usual reasons. If you were raised on comics like Warlord and war films like Where Eagles Dare, you were bound to be intrigued by Germany – but, unless you were a bit odd, you were unlikely to consider it as a holiday destination.