Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
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The Punch and Judy Affair 

At Grace Brothers, most of the staff is on strike for better wages, but the ladies and gents department refuse to waste their time picketing and go to work. But because they crossed the ... See full summary »

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At Grace Brothers, most of the staff is on strike for better wages, but the ladies and gents department refuse to waste their time picketing and go to work. But because they crossed the picket line, the rest of the staff are not happy with them at all. To end the bad feelings, Mr.Grace decides that the ladies and gents department should hold a party for the children of Grace Bros. employees. To make the event better, the group decides to put on a life-sized Punch and Judy show. But with Mr.Lucas as Punch, Miss. Brahms as Judy, Mrs.Slocombe as the policewoman, Captain Peacock as the devil, Mr. Goldberg as the butcher, Mr. Humpries as the director and worst of all, Mr. Rumbold on the piano, it's going to be a tough show to pull off. Written by Nadia Nassar

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26 December 1979 (UK)  »

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This episode was Trevor Bannister's favourite, and last, episode. See more »

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Captain Stephen Peacock: [discussing Mrs Slocombe as a policeman in the play] I think that Mrs Slocombe should also remove her lipstick. I mean, who's ever seen a policeman wearing lipstick?
Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries: I have. Mind you, the circumstances were entirely different.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Farewell, Mr Lucas
15 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a long running British sitcom means you carry on regardless of cast departures if you can absolutely help it. 'Are you Being Served?' is a prime example of that.

By this point we'd lost Mr Grainger, and were already on the second replacement, Alfie Bass (who himself would make his final appearance here), but the show continued in much the same form.

The loss of Trevor Bannister though wouldn't be so easy to come back from though, and this episode (his final one) proves why. There's something about his delivery of lines, his links with all the other characters and dynamic with Mr Humphries that makes him so invaluable.

Yes, the plot of this episode is thin, and you wonder why suddenly a group of department store employees break out into song and dance numbers, but this is the last episode where the show was good.


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