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)
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 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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8 September 1972 (UK)  »

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Are You Being Served?  »

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Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold) was the last surviving member of the original cast, passing away on December 6, 2015. Mike Berry (Mr. Spooner) is now commonly believed to be the only surviving regular cast member from the series' entire run, however also surviving are Penny Irving (Miss Bakewell, contract cast member from 1977-1979, recurring previously), Vivienne Johnson (Young/Old Mr. Graces' Nurse, 1978-1981), and Candy Davis (Miss Belfridge, 1983-1985); these three ladies are regularly overlooked as permanent cast members and were in fact the only actors outside of the sales staff, Mr. Rumbold, Young/Old Mr. Grace, and maintenance men Mr. Mash/Mr. Harman who were on contract at any stage. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Beverley Harman: Ah, here's your instant coffee, sir.
Mr. Rumbold: Why's it called instant coffee?
Mr. Beverley Harman: Because there is only one instant at which it tastes like coffee.
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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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Funny
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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