The Ph.D. thesis ?Leaving their Towel over Poland: Representations of Germans in four BBC Sitcoms 1968-1992? pertains to the field of Contemporary History and uses the methods of cultural and media studies, in particular textual analysis, to explore the way in which Germans are portrayed in classic Britsh comedy. The series discussed are Dad?s Army and Fawlty Towers, which were largely produced in the 1970s, and Blackadder and ?Allo ?Allo! from the 1980s.The thesis is divided into three parts. In the first of these, the rationale behind the selection of sources is explained and theories of stereotypes and humour are explored. This is followed by a very brief history of the British Broadcasting Corporation, an equally brief overview of the discipline of Television Studies and a closer look at the genre of the situation comedy.In the second part, each show is introduced and analysed in detail. The analysis mainly focuses on the way in which Germans are portrayed, both in person and in the way other characters speak about them. In the case of the first three shows, individual episodes are discussed for this purpose, whereas in the case of ?Allo ?Allo! individual sections are devoted to recurring German characters.The third part places the shows in a wider context. The oeuvre of David Croft, the man behind both Dad?s Army and ?Allo ?Allo!, is discussed, followed by a general comparison of the four shows. The thesis concludes with a comparison of the potrayal of Germans and an analysis of the changes which can be observed in this over the two decades examined.