The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.
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Cast

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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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I'm Free !

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8 September 1972 (UK)  »

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Are You Being Served?  »

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(69 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

With the death of Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold) on December 6, 2015. Mike Berry (Mr. Spooner) is the last surviving regular cast member from the series' entire run. 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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Are You Being Served? (1977) See more »

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What can I Say, I LOVE this show!
16 June 2001 | by (Seoul, South Korea) – See all my reviews

I love this show so very much! Ever since I first had the honour of viewing this show for the first time, I have loved it. I have seen each episode more times then I can remember, and yet still every night I watch them again. I have grown to know ALL the characters personally, and feel like I am a part of what feels very much like real life at Grace Brother's Department Store. What the characters said, and everything that happened, I know as a very pleasant dream. Dive into the joy of the working staff of this wonderful series, and you will not want to leave. Listen, and you can almost hear the wonderful Mr. Humpries's saying "I'm Free!"

On another note, I must just give a huge thank you to everybody was ever involved in Are You Being Served?, and Are You Being Served, Again?. Because of this show, I grew to love many other wonderful BritComs (British comedies). Thank you to all cast members, crew, the very men who brought the show to TV, extras, etc. To those who have passed on, rest in peace brothers and sisters. You may have departed this world, but I for one will never forget you, and the wonderful contributions you made. To the fictional staff of Grace Bros., thank you for allowing us a just a peek into you lives. I just wish I did not have to leave. Thanks all, your work is remembered certainly by me, and millions of fans past, present and definately future. Grace Bros. will continue to be open, as long as someone keeps watching and remembers.


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