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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The age order of the four sisters is Hyacinth, Daisy, Violet, Rose, but in real life the order goes Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth), Mary Millar (Rose), Anna Dawson (Violet), Judy Cornwell (Daisy). See more »


Hyacinth: Your suggestion is noted. However, I see little practical merit in having the telephone up my jumper!
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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 »


Referenced in Birds of a Feather: Keeping Up Appearances (1991) See more »

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Outstanding entertainment
9 March 2005 | by (Charleston, WV) – See all my reviews

I've been watching this British comedy for about 10 years now; first on PBS and then recently on BBS. I'm sure I've seen all 44 episodes; most of them more than once; some of them three times or more. And I've never gotten bored with a single one. It's true that some of the plots were pretty much repeated over and over. But, still, watching Hyacinth, Richard, Daisy, Onslow, and all the others always gave me a chuckle. I've seen them so many times now that I feel I know each character personally. I wish I could have attended one of Hyancith's candlelight suppers, or spent an afternoon watching TV with Onslow, or gone for an afternoon drive with Hyancith and Richard. It would have been a scream. Situation comedies, British or American, don't get much better than "Keeping Up Appearances".

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