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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One episode has Onslow and Daisy in bed reading, conversing about DIY when Onslow describes himself as being more intellectually than manually gifted. During this time, he is glancing at a hardbacked book, the title of which is quite difficult to make out. It is actually a newish copy of "Principles Of Condensed Matter Physics". See more »


Hyacinth: And you are?... Regional Postal Manager. I guess you will do, though I would have preferred to speak to someone on a national scale.
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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 Rob Brydon: Live (2009) See more »

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mighty british comedy !!!
17 December 2003 | by (Tel Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

when i first saw keeping up appearances i thought it was funny, nice and delight, but after a couple of episodes i was amazed by the great actors such as hyacinth, richard, onslow, rose and daisy. they are just funny and perfect for their characters....

5 seasons 5 years of pure comedy the best of britain...

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