It's Mr.Grace's birthday once again and the staff have been treated to a free lunch after they grant Mr.Grace a chorus of 'happy birthday to you.' To continue with the celebration, the ... See full summary »

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It's Mr.Grace's birthday once again and the staff have been treated to a free lunch after they grant Mr.Grace a chorus of 'happy birthday to you.' To continue with the celebration, the floor staff have prepared a special ballet performance of the Dance of the Toys for Mr.Grace. Written by Nadia Nassar

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26 December 1978 (UK)  »

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This episode "Happy Returns" was skipped in the BBC 2 Afternoon Classics 2015 repeat. Due to the large volume of Musical numbers in the end scene, its most likely due to obtaining Music Clearances and Rights permissions clearances from the relevant Music Publishers and Rights holders, within the BBC Budget. Other episodes have also been skipped due to music, and other non-pc elements in the same run. See more »

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Captain Peacock: [at a dress rehearsal for a children's play] Why has Little Boy Blue got a plastic mac on?
Mr. Lucas: [flushed with embarrassment] Because Little Boy Blue's tights are too tight! And his smock is too short! In fact, Little Boy Blue is seriously considering handing in his horn!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Steppin' Out Wth My Baby
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Written by Irving Berlin
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A different comedy for a different age
10 April 2009 | by (Leeds) – See all my reviews

When reviewing this series it's necessary for it to be put into the historical context for when it was made. This was pre political-correctness in an age where "carry on" was king.

This episode is simply fun to watch, the cast are clearly throughly enjoying themselves as can be evidenced by the number of times you catch a performer beginning to laugh just before the camera cuts away from them.

If you want high drama or serious prose I recommend one of the Bronte's or Shakespeare.. if you want a damn good laugh I recommend Are You Being Served.


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