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(1990–1995)

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During the series, Emmett among others is seen being frightened by Hyacinth's singing voice. In reality Patricia Routledge is known for her powerful singing voice and has a long career in Musical Theatre.
The FH on Onslow's hat stands for Fulton Hogan Ltd., a New Zealand asphalt and road-building company. When Geoffrey Hughes was there promoting a show, he was given that hat by one of the company's lorry drivers.
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".
The surname "Bucket" is repeatedly pronounced by Hyacinth as "Bouquet". The names of all of the sisters are the names of flowers (Hyacinth, Daisy, Violet, Rose). The actual maiden name of the family is never revealed, but the use of those names appears to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to a "bouquet of flowers".
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).
Two cars played the role of Hyacinth's and Richard's. They were both the same type of car - a Rover 216 in the same shade of blue. Early episodes used a car with the registration plate D541 EXL. Later ones used a car with the registration plate D541 EFL.
Hyacinth and Richard live in Waney Edge at 117 Blossom Avenue, Eddleton, West Midlands LK6 4PQ. Both the property name and number can be seen above the garage throughout the series, while the street name is visible on the Major's candlelight supper invitation that Hyacinth is filling out in the show's opening credits. The town and postal code (for the Major) are also visible on the envelope containing the invitation (although both are fictitious), and count for the Buckets as well as the Major who lives around the corner from them. West Midlands Police is seen on the uniforms of two police officers in a season three episode, while Hyacinth remarks about being seen as the "queen of the West Midlands social circuit" in another. The series was filmed in Coventry, West Midlands. The Buckets' house was filmed in the Binley Woods area of Coventry. However, they do often film around the Warwickshire area. In one show, the Buckets visit a hotel in Kenilworth, Chesford Grange.
The episodes have no official titles; hence, different online sources refer to them by different names.
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Onslow is a boy's name of Old English origin, the meaning of which is "enthusiast's hill".
Unusually for a British TV series, there seems no regularity in the number of episodes in each season. It looks like they kept the writing quality up by just making as many shows as they had good ideas for, rather than a set number of episodes per season. This may explain the oft-rumored "missing last episode" supposedly known as "The Bishop Affair".
Hyacinth's china pattern, described as "Royal Doulton with the hand-painted periwinkles", is actually a pattern called "Braganza" and was manufactured by The Colclough China Company. The Colclough China Company was founded in 1890 and was taken over by Royal Doulton in the early 1970s (so Hyacinth is only stretching the truth a bit). The Braganza pattern was discontinued in 1992, and production under the Colclough name was discontinued in 1996. Hyacinth's cups and saucers were once valued at 20 pounds by Maxwell, Nixon and Kray.
Judy Cornwell, Geoffrey Hughes and Clive Swift appeared in the original series of Doctor Who (1963) in the 1980s prior to the sitcom. Geoffrey Huges and Clive Swift both appeared opposite Colin Baker (The 6th Doctor) and Judy Cornwell appeared opposite Baker's successor Sylvester McCoy (The 7th Doctor). However, Clive Swift would also play opposite David Tennant (The 10th Doctor) in the revived series, Doctor Who (2005).
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Hyacinth Bucket was voted "One of the most annoying characters in British television".
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"Sheridan" in Keeping Up Appearances (1990) served roughly the same function as "Sarah" on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), in that he is the only character who is in almost every episode, but you never see or hear him.
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Like the family name of Hyacinth and her sisters (and father) and Onslow's last name (and Daisy's married name), Violet and Bruce's surname is never revealed. In one season two episode, a sign on the front fence of Violet's house reads "The Paddocks", but this more likely refers to the name of the property (similar to Hyacinth's house). This could also be a reference to Bruce's occupation as a 'turf accountant'.
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Onslow occasionally wears a t-shirt of the Green Bay Packers of American football.
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Hyacinth's invitations measure 6"x4".
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