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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Storyline

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 fat and 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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 March 1973 (UK)  »

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Grace Brothers  »

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(69 episodes)

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Trivia

Toys is the only other department at Grace Brothers to be seen in the entire series. Part of the Radio Department (and Packing) was seen through CCTV in the final season, while other parts of the store shown on screen were the boardroom, management offices, basement, nurse's station, roof, the fifth floor (vacant at the time), three "apartments" on the top floor, and, of course, the canteen. At various points in the series, Sporting, Cosmetics and Shoes were temporarily moved onto the Mens and Ladies floor, while many other departments were mentioned but never seen (although their staff were). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Miss Brahms: Well if England's a such good country you've cracked it up to be. How come then we've got strikes & inflation. Mmm? So what's so good about England then?
Captain Peacock: I shall tell you what is so good about England Miss Brahms. It is the only country in the world that isn't semi-detached.
[referring to Miss Brahms's house]
Captain Peacock: .
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

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A great British comedy
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a series about the adventures and misadventures of the staff of Grace Brothers Department Store.

This is a very funny series. It can be watched over and over without getting tired of it. In fact, my wife and I have done just that. Frank Thornton is excellent as the pompous Captain (or is it Corporal?) Peacock, the floor walker of the men's department, overseeing the likes of Wilberforce Humphries (John Inman), the effeminate middle salesman. John Inman and Molly Sugden are definitely the anchors of this series, and provide consistency and humor to the series around other changing staff. Arthur Borough is especially good as the aging Mr. Grainger in the first several episodes.

While the humor is somewhat juvenile, it is clever and remains consistently funny throughout the run of the series. It is, without a doubt, British humor, but for those of us who are entertained by the British, this is a series not to miss.


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