bonnet/hood stuck

hi all. i have a problem with the bonnet/hood release of my '98 E38. when i activate the lever in the driver's footwell, only one side of the bonnet
is released; the other is still stuck fast. any ideas on how to get it released, as obviously i can't check oil, water etc until i can get into the engine compartment?
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have you had someone push down the bonnet while you pull lever....
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thanks, but have tried that. i guess it'll have to go into a garage. especially since one of the headlamp bulbs has now gone.

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