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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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Mrs. Betty Slocombe (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries / ... (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Captain Stephen Peacock (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Miss Shirley Brahms (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
Nicholas Smith ...
 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)
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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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(69 episodes)

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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 »

Goofs

Throughout the series, the scripts constantly change the location of the Ladies' and Gentlemens' departments, sometimes referring to it being on the third floor, sometimes on the fourth. Also, the theme song lyrics indicate the department is on the first floor. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mrs. Slocombe: ...and I am unanimous in this!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

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Referenced in Birds of a Feather: Are You Being Served? (1997) See more »

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29 June 2004 | by (Bon Accord,Alberta,Canada) – See all my reviews

I left England in 1968 so I missed watching this live as it were but it is still hilarious. Here in Alberta we can watch it 5 times a week on P.B.S. or on Y.T.V. in Canada at 1 a.m. I find it so amusing, the characterizations are faultless the dialogue is matchless the situations are believable even if sometimes outrageous.

But above all it is a very gentle comedy, in the best traditions of English comedy, nobody gets hurt, reputations are never ruined, it is never malicious or small-minded.

I watch it every chance I get because it is funny without forcing the humour.


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