Are You Being Served? (1977)

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The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Bannister ...
Arthur Brough ...
Harold Bennett ...
Arthur English ...
Karan David ...
Glyn Houston ...
Cesar Rodriguez
Don Carlos Bernardo
Sheila Steafel ...
Hat Customer
John G. Heller ...
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When Grace Brothers closes for redecoration, Young Mr. Grace send the staff on holiday to Costa Plonka, where they find themselves in the middle of a revolution. Written by Christopher Rothbauer <>

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10 June 1977 (UK)  »

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The name of the Spanish resort was the "Don Bernardo Palace Hotel". See more »


During evening meal, all the Grace Bros staff needed to use the lavatory - only Mrs Slocombe and Captain Peacock actually DID use it. See more »


Mr. Beverley Harman: What do you want - India Tea powder, or China Tea Powder?
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: What tastes most like the label on the packet?
Mr. Beverley Harman: The actual packet! Look, there's not point being fussy
[rips a packet open and pours the powder into the cup of hot water on Rumbold's desk]
Mr. Beverley Harman: Here, have the Indian!
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: Arn't I supposed to leave it for 2 minuttes to brew?
Mr. Beverley Harman: I shouldn't do that - it'll take the pattern off the cup!
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References Are You Being Served?: Camping In (1973) See more »


Damsel In Distress
Music by David Lindup
KPM Music Ltd
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16 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're a fan of the BBC series, this movie is worth watching just as a curiosity – it's fun to see these much-beloved characters on holiday and up to their usual shenanigans – but honestly, there's not much artistic value in it as a stand-alone work, and if you weren't familiar with the characters, it wouldn't make much sense. The sets are low-budget, the special effects laughable, and, as noted previously, much of the dialog is lifted directly and without revision from various episodes. It seems to me that someone was just attempting to cash in on the popularity of the series without putting much effort or financing into it. Given the talent of the cast and the creative synergy that they shared, it could've been much more than it is.

As a fan of "Fawlty Towers" as well, I have to say that Andrew Sachs is a delight as Don Carlos Bernardo – fancy Manuel finally running his own hotel!

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