"Keeping Up Appearances" The Rolls Royce (TV Episode 1995) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Hyacinth is completely insulted when she is awarded second prize at the local craft fair, and over Lydia Hawksworth. Scandalized even further when she and Richard are overtaken by Lydia's new car, it isn't long before Richard's worst fears are realized and Hyacinth sets her sights on a newer, more expensive Rolls Royce.

  • Horrified at losing to snobbish rival Lydia Hawksworth during a crafts competition, Hyacinth vows to get the attention onto her with the purchase of a new car, though Richard remains unconvinced. And when a "drive out" leads them to a prestigious car dealership, alarm bells begin to ring for Richard, and a test drive of a luxury vehicle leads them to a country hotel, where Hyacinth does get the attention, for all the wrong reasons. Elsewhere, Daddy is determined to visit Africa.


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  • Hyacinth 'borrows' a Rolls Royce from a sales office so that she can impress the neighbours. She gets Richard to drive her to an exclusive hotel. Unfortunately, Onlsow, Daisy and Rose also turn up. They're followed by the police, who've come to arrest Richard and Hyacinth because the Rolls Royce has been reported stolen by the sales office!

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