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Arthur Bostrom, (6 January 1955), is a British actor best known for playing Officer Crabtree in 'Allo 'Allo!.

One of his first acting roles was in a 1983 episode of Hi-de-Hi!. David Croft didn't forget him, and so two years later cast him in Series 2 of 'Allo 'Allo!, as Officer Crabtree - an undercover British agent pretending to be a French policeman. As all nationalities on 'Allo 'Allo! spoke English with broad national accents, humour arose from Officer Crabtree's poor French. Vowels would be mangled in such to create silly phrases such as "I was pissing by the door when I heard two shats. You are holding in your hand a smoking goon, you are clearly the guilty potty!". Ironically, Bostrom spoke fluent French.

In 2018, he returned to the role of Officer Crabtree in Good Moaning France: Officer Crabtree's Fronch Phrose Berk, a book in where he intends to teach the reader how to "spook the Fronch longwodge".

Works on TV Tropes he appeared in:

  • Hi-de-Hi!, episode "The Society Entertainer" (1983) — The Hulk
  • Just Good Friends, episode "Fatherly Advice" (1983) — Robin
  • 'Allo 'Allo!, 75 episodes (1985-2007) — Officer Crabtree
  • Noel's House Party, 3 episodes (1992-97) — Officer Crabtree
  • Wakfu, 49 episodes:
  • Doctors, 2 episodes:
    • "Faith" (2010) — Martin Parnaby
    • "Nighthawks: Part One" (2016) — Murray Bathurst
  • Father Brown, episode "The Theatre of the Invisible" (2017) — Richie Queenan