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Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

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The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

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Series cast summary:
 Mrs. Betty Slocombe (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
 Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries / ... (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
 Captain Stephen Peacock (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
 Miss Shirley Brahms (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
 Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold / ... (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
Trevor Bannister ...
 Mr. Dick Lucas / ... (48 episodes, 1972-1979)
Arthur English ...
 Mr. Beverley Harman / ... (48 episodes, 1976-1985)
Harold Bennett ...
 Young Mr. Grace (46 episodes, 1972-1981)
Arthur Brough ...
 Mr. Ernest Grainger (34 episodes, 1972-1977)


This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen's hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock, has daily charge over two small sales teams. The bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women's clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman's side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries, an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

8 September 1972 (UK)  »

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(69 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Mrs Slocombe's best friend Mrs Axelby is the only person regularly mentioned by a main character who does not eventually appear in the show (and to a lesser extent, Mr Lucas's mother). Throughout the series, numerous characters are mentioned repeatedly who finally show up onscreen several seasons later. This includes Old Mr Grace, Mrs Peacock, Mrs Rumbold, Mrs Grainger, Miss Hurst of Novelty Candles, Mr Patel of Accounts, Seymour of Maintenance, and Mr Humphries' mother. See more »


Character's first names vary throughout the series: Mr. Lucas is variously James or Dick; Mr. Harman starts as Harry, then becomes Beverley; the cleaner has three different names, always played by the same actress. See more »


Mr. Humphries: [discussing having to hang onto backs of buses and skateboard to Grace Brothers to save money] I had just bent down to tighten my nuts, and there was a double yellow line, see? And next thing I knew, there was policeman behind me. He put a sticker on my helmet and tried to clamp me.
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »


Referenced in Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (2007) See more »

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Greatest ever!
15 May 2002 | by (Doetinchem, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Are You Being Served is the best British comedy can give us. I don't understand why some people are offended by this series! It's all in good fun. The follow up Grace & Favour was great too. It's a shame they only made ten series (from 1973/1985). AYBS? will rank as one of the best sit-coms ever.

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