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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 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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Trivia

Mr. Tebbs (James Hayter) was the only character to ever be given a departure storyline (he retired). 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

Miss Brahms: I want some excitement, I want to do something with my life. I'm looking for Dallas and all I'm getting is Coronation Street.
Mr. Humphries: You're lucky. All I'm getting is Jackanory.
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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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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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