Miriam and Alf Buech­ler take part in a doc­u­men­tary — in bed

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

MEET MIRIAM and Alf Buech­ler, the stars of new BBC doc­u­men­tary The Bri­tish in Bed, which ex­poses the re­la­tion­ships of a se­lec­tion of cou­ples.

The Buech­lers, who have been mar­ried for 49 years, are filmed in their bed talk­ing can­didly about sex, in­fi­delity, love and mar­riage. They are one of seven cou­ples fea­tured in the pro­gramme — part of the BBC’s Won­der­land doc­u­men­tary se­ries — to be screened next week.

What made them want to take part? They saw the show ad­ver­tised in the JC, of course. Eighty-four-year-old Mr Buech­ler, a Kin­der­trans­port refugee who ar­rived in Bri­tain from Ger­many when he was 14, tells Peo­ple: “I saw the advert and that the pro­ducer was looking for cou­ples, so de­cided to ap­ply. We have no se­crets and thought it would be a bit of fun.” The Buech­lers, who have two sons and two grand­chil­dren, met in Lon­don. Dutch-born Mrs Buech­ler is a sur­vivor of Ber­gen-Belsen con­cen­tra­tion camp. She was aged eight at the time.

Their comic dou­ble act in the show of ban­ter and bick­er­ing be­lies a deep bond linked to their past. “We have a lot in com­mon,” says Mr Buech­ler. “I lost my par­ents and she was in a con­cen­tra­tion camp. We both re­alise the im­por­tance of re­li­gion.” The cou­ple spent more than 30 years work­ing in the kosher ca­ter­ing busi­ness. “I think this helped our mar­riage,” says Mrs Buech­ler, 74. “I had worked in ca­ter­ing in Hol­land so when I met Alf and he told me that he was a chef I didn’t be­lieve him. We some­times ar­gued, when things went wrong, but I liked work­ing to­gether.” She says she would have pre­ferred the pro­gramme not to be filmed in their bed­room but is none­the­less ex­cited to see the out­come. ‘The Bri­tish in Bed’ is on BBC2, Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 28 at 9.45pm

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