The recent travel strikes have left the staff stranded at the store. At first thought, the idea of camping out on the floor seems a horrible idea, but soon the staff start sharing many war memories ...
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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
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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