Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

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A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

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Series cast summary:
 Hyacinth / ... (44 episodes, 1990-1995)
 Daisy (44 episodes, 1990-1995)
 Onslow (44 episodes, 1990-1995)
 Richard / ... (44 episodes, 1990-1995)
Josephine Tewson ...
 Elizabeth / ... (43 episodes, 1990-1995)
Mary Millar ...
 Rose (38 episodes, 1991-1995)
David Griffin ...
 Emmet / ... (37 episodes, 1991-1995)
Jeremy Gittins ...
 the Vicar / ... (19 episodes, 1990-1995)


Hyacinth Bucket (whose name she insists is pronounced "bouquet") continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, though she's wedged on a rung just below her sister Violet (whose house has a swimming pool, sauna, and room for a pony) and just above her working class sisters Daisy and Rose. Hyacinth's passion for flawless entertaining unnerves her neighbor Elizabeth, who is often invited to the Bucket home for coffee. Elizabeth's divorced brother Emmet, who also lives next door to the Buckets, tries to avoid Hyacinth because she breaks into song in his presence in the hope he'll cast her in one of his "little theater" musical productions. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

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Release Date:

29 October 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Schone schijn  »

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Although Hyacinth is often seen talking to their son Sheridan on the phone, you never actually see Richard speak to him. See more »


Hyacinth: Oh, don't make difficulties, Richard!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see a table set for a posh dinner. When all credits have been shown, Hyacinth is shown rearranging a fork and a spoon and then putting a name plate on the table. As the camera zooms in on it, you can see that it reads "Harold Snoad" and the words "Produced & Directed by" appear above it (plus a copyright notice below it). See more »


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17 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Absolutely fabulous TV series. Great Actors are Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth), Clive Swift (Richard), Josephine Tewson (Elizabeth), and many more. I think it is a fabulous, interesting and very hilarious TV series. I saw Patrica at a Show she did at a venue in Sydney, Australia. Her acting skills are fantastic. She has the knowledge of a professional comedian. She is just one of the best actors (to me) in the world. I read and interview on her on the internet, and she has no need to retire. She says "Retirment, hmmmmmmm..........Rubbish it is. Can't even spell the word" quite frankly, with her skills, I am with her 100%. Clive Swift is another great actor, but also 7 years younger then her, still has a bit of acting skills to catch up on her. Josephine Tewson, another fabulous actor, plays the timid neighbor, Elizabeth. Every time she 'pops in' for a cup of tea or coffee, she ends up spilling something or breaking on of Hyacinths porcelain cups! All the actors on Keeping Up Appearances are great, and should start to think about making another series. WELL DONE!!!

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