When Grace Brothers' experiment with an early morning opening time proves a success, the disgruntled floor staff decide to sabotage it.



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Episode cast overview:
Arthur Brough ...
Harold Bennett ...
Gordon Peters ...
Anne Cunningham ...
Henry's Wife
Reg Dixon ...
The Raincoat In The Window
Hilda Fenemore ...
Hilary Pritchard ...
the Wedding Hat
Stuart Sherwin ...
the Large Gloves
John Bardon ...
the Check Suit


In an effort to boost sales figures, the staff have been asked to come in at the 'crack of dawn' in the hope of catching more customers on their way to work. The sales skyrocket, and it looks as if the new early opening will become permanent. Throuhgly displeased with the thought, the staff steal the previous weeks figures from Mr. Rumbold's office and hatch a plan to not sell any more items, but as Mr.Grainger says, how can you not sell things if people want to buy them? Written by Nadia Nassar

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8 April 1976 (UK)  »

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Captain Peacock: Everything all right, sir?
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: Oh, yes, yes, yes. I was just counting the customers.
Captain Peacock: Well, at the moment we have one there and one over there.
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: Well, good. I'll make a note of that. Carry on, Captain Peacock.
[Captain Peacock stays standing in the middle of the floor waiting on customers to ask him for help]
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: Carry on, Captain Peacock!
Captain Peacock: I am carrying on, sir. This is what I do.
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: [Incredulous] All day?
Captain Peacock: All day.
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: I'll make a note of that as well!
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A hilarious opener to Series 4
31 August 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mr Rumbold takes the decision to open Grace Brothers earlier, at half past eight, with a view to grabbing those customers on way to work. For once, Mr Rumbold's idea pays dividend and the customers flock in, the staff however, do not like the arrangement and do what they can to sabotage the scheme, ensuring trade throughout the rest of the day is poor.

An absolutely brilliant episode, with some laugh out loud moments, some great ones include, the woman in the blue dress, Mr Grainger's rudeness, but the funniest of the lot must be Mrs Slocombe's phone call to Mr Rumbold, the voice she puts on is just so funny, the look on Wendy's face is priceless.

By Series 4 the cast and co are firing on all cylinders, this is a cracker of an episode. 9/10

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