"Dallas" finally arrived in Germany, and guess what? It was a smash. $1According to Variety, 41 percent of the West German TV audience tuned in for the first episode on June 30. The statistic is more impressive when you consider that the time slot, 9:45 p.m., is not prime time but considered late night for Germans, who apparently believe in early to bed, early to rise . . . at least according to Variety . . .
Parisians must really enjoy happy glimpses of New York. John Carpenter's futuristic thriller, "Escape from New York," is a big hit in Paris. Last week it took in $337,600 at the box office and "Fort Apache, The Bronx," another film highlighting the fun aspects of the Big Apple, grossed $140,900 . . .
The BBC, an example of a big government program that works, has announced its production plans for this coming year. Some of the programs to be shot: Alec Guinness will be George Smiley again in "Smiley's People"; David Bowie will star in a production of Bertolt Brecht's "Baal"; and Brad Davis, of "Midnight Express" fame, will team with Helen Mirren in an adaptation of Edna O'Brien's "The Necklace" . . .
No room at the inne for Helen Hayes: The 73-year-old grande dame of the stage is in London shooting a role in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie story "Murder is Easy." But the management of London's Berkeley Hotel has informed her she must vacate her room by July 26th. It seems guests are coming to town for some society wedding and the hotel is booked solid . . .