The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.
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 Mrs. Slocombe (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Mr. Humphries (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Captain Peacock (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Miss Brahms (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Mr. Rumbold (69 episodes, 1972-1985)
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 Mr. Lucas (48 episodes, 1972-1979)
Arthur English ...
 Mr. Harman (48 episodes, 1976-1985)
Harold Bennett ...
 Young Mr. Grace (46 episodes, 1972-1981)
Arthur Brough ...
 Mr. 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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Mr. Tebbs (James Hayter) and Young Mr. Grace (Harold Bennett) were the only characters to ever be given a departure story line (Tebbs retired and Young Mr. Grace reduced his office hours in favor of holidaying), although Bennett did reprise his role once in "Roots?" Once his replacement Old Mr. Grace also departed, the characters were "merged" into one and although unseen in the last two seasons, was referred in every episode as "Mr. Grace", without the "young/old" monikers attached. Everyone else who left the show simply disappeared and was never mentioned again. See more »

Goofs

The sex of Mrs. Slocombe's cat, Tiddles, frequently changes from him to her. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Slocombe: [into phone] Yes.
[pause]
Mrs. Slocombe: Yes.
[pause]
Mrs. Slocombe: I will.
[hangs up phone]
Mrs. Slocombe: Captain Peacock?
Captain Peacock: Yes?
Mrs. Slocombe: Apparently Miss Belfridge is in one of the fitting rooms, and Mr. Rumbold requires her in his office.
Miss Brahms: She must have got in early!
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Crazy Credits

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18 October 2002 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

"Are You Being Served?" is one of my favourite comedy programmes.

It involves the working life of the staff in Ladies and Menswear departments on the third floor of Grace Bros store.

The main characters are the hilarious senior saleslady Mrs Slocombe, always worried about her pussy!, played by Mollie Sugden, John Inman as homosexual-type salesman Mr Humphries, pompous floorwalker Capt. Peacock played by Frank Thornton, wisecracking junior salesman Mr Lucas [Trevor Bannister], who was always leering at young saleslady Miss Brahms [Wendy Richard, now Pauline in EastEnders], senior salesman Mr Grainger [Arthur Brough] and tactless manager Mr Rumbold [Nicholas Smith].

The boss was 80 year old Mr Grace, telling everyone "You've all done very well!", played by Harold Bennett. People of all ages will love this series, even thirty years after it's entry to TV, you can still laugh at it over and over again!


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