Every year the department store has an elaborate celebration for the birthday -now the 90th- of Mr. Grace, the owner. After a brainstorming for a pleasing, original present without any cost... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold / Mycroft Rumbold
Arthur English ...
Mike Berry ...
Benny Lee ...
Kenneth Waller ...
Harold Bennett ...
Vivienne Johnson ...
Louise Burton ...
Bob Murphy ...
Willie Budge ...
The Maggie Stredder Singers ...


Every year the department store has an elaborate celebration for the birthday -now the 90th- of Mr. Grace, the owner. After a brainstorming for a pleasing, original present without any cost the first floor decides on a Welsh song in miners costume, as the Grace family comes from Wales. After various hiccups who will sing what, with our without organ and in what key, they get it right; however then Mr. Rumbold's brother Mycroft, who works for the College of Arms and was asked to research the Grace genealogy to devise a coat of arms, reports the family actually migrated from Scotland, where they were called Grouse, so the program is changed to a highland fling and a sword dance by Mr. Humphries. Further research traces back to Somerset, as Grice, so that gets another song. Ultimately a rather surprising set of oldest roots is performed on the big day... Written by KGF Vissers

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24 December 1981 (UK)  »

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Last appearances by Benny Lee as Mr Klein, Harold Bennett as young Mr Grace, and Kenneth Waller as old Mr Grace.. See more »


A boom microphone appears and then disappears while Captain Peacock and Mr. Rumbold are discussing the former's candelabra. See more »


Old Mr. Grace: How long have you been frightened of the dark, my dear?
Miss Virginia Edwards: Ever since you blew out all the candles, Mr. Grace.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are intertwined around the song and dance to "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee". See more »


References Roots (1977) See more »

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Very funny
2 March 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I grew up when are you being served was on originally and I thought it was ever so funny. The trouble is everyone today is politically correct especially in England. I am not politically correct and I hate politically correctness. In my opinion political correctness shoves everyone into a one size fits all box, I loved OTT, Love Thy Neighbour, Married with children. In my opinion these were very funny shows but, we are supposed to be ashamed of the past as though these shows should be hidden away and forgot about such as Mind your Language, curry and chips, Alf Garnett. funny shows with Funny people and what do we have now ? Ant and Dec, Peter Kay, also comedians who are terrified to tell funny jokes in case someone is offended. In my opinion Ant and Dec aren't talented just annoying, I saw them in byker grove, they were good in that but, they should have stopped there. Back in the 80's we had variety shows on a Saturday evening and funny shows by funny comedians and talented presenters. Now what do we have, there is so little talent now on a Saturday Night when there should be entertainment on television we have the nations greatest ABBA songs or the nations greatest James Bond Themes, prime time viewing because they have no proper programmes to put on. I find myself watching old shows mostly on television now due to the lack of real entertainment. The roots episode was so funny and to see the staff dressed like minstrels, which again was a singing and dancing show not as some people would have you believe racist. What we have in this episode is talented actors and actresses putting on a funny show utilising their talents to the full in a funny show, unlike actors today who desperately try to be funny when they are not. In closing, two things, I saw an advert for a Steve coogan show where he did Alan partridge and he shoved a lump of cheese at someone and said smell my cheese, this was supposed to be funny, the royle family someone told me was funny, I tried desperately to watch a whole episode, after 10 minutes I had to turn it off it was boring. If this is humour in 2016, take me back to the 80's people like frankie howerd, Chris tarrant Kenneth Williams, Terry Wogan, Jim Bowen, very funny people as opposed to Ant and Dec who haven't any talent. People ask me, how have they won so many awards. Answer, step back and look at their competition, bring back Hale & Pace and John Byner

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