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Actor who played the bumbling manager Mr Rumbold in the popular TV comedy Are You Being Served?

The actor Nicholas Smith, who has died aged 81, was best known for playing Mr Rumbold, the ineffectual manager of the menswear and ladieswear departments of Grace Brothers, in Are You Being Served?, the sitcom that attracted audiences of more than 20 million from 1973 to 1985.

Smith had no qualms about acting a character mocked for his jug ears, bald head and lack of intellect in the innuendo-driven television series written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd. “When I read the first script, it was obvious Mr Rumbold was an idiot who misunderstands everything,” Smith said in 1998. “I discussed the character’s appearance and accent with David, but he didn’t want anything in particular, so I wore my own glasses, the first time I’d donned spectacles on TV.” It was also the first time
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Are You Being Served? star Nicholas Smith dies

'Are You Being Served?' star Nicholas Smith has died. The actor passed away at the age of 81 in hospital on Sunday (07.12.15), seven weeks after suffering a fall at his home. Smith was best known for playing Grace Brothers department store manager Mr Cuthbert 'Jug Ears' Rumbold in the much-loved BBC sitcom, which ran for 10 series from 1972 until 1985. Agent Michelle Braidman Associates released a statement which read: ''It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, has passed away. He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed
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Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith dies aged 81

Tributes paid to Smith, who was the last surviving original cast member of the BBC television comedy

The actor Nicholas Smith – best known for playing Mr Cuthbert Rumbold in the BBC television comedy Are You Being Served? – has died aged 81.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, passed away yesterday,” said a statement from his agent, Michelle Braidman Associates. “He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family.”

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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81
Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who,
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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81
Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who,
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'Are You Being Served?' star Nicholas Smith has died. The actor passed away at the age of 81 in hospital on Sunday (07.12.15), seven weeks after suffering a fall at his home. Smith was best known for playing Grace Brothers department store manager Mr Cuthbert 'Jug Ears' Rumbold in the much-loved BBC sitcom, which ran for 10 series from 1972 until 1985. Agent Michelle Braidman Associates released a statement which read: ''It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, has passed away. He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed
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'Are You Being Served?' star Frank Thornton dies, aged 92

Frank Thornton has died at the age of 92.

The actor was best known for his role as Captain Stephen Peacock in long-running BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?.

He also starred in the follow-up Grace & Favour and as Truly Truelove in Last of the Summer Wine. His last role was in this year's cinema adaptation of stage farce Run for Your Wife.

Thornton passed away in his sleep on Saturday (March 16), his agent David Daly confirmed to BBC News.

"I have been Frank's agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed," Daly said.

Are You Being Served? ran for 69 episodes over ten series from 1972 to 1985.

Thornton's death makes 79-year-old Nicholas Smith the oldest surviving member of the show's original cast.

Born Frank Thornton Ball in Dulwich in 1921, Thornton worked in insurance before registering at the London
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Wendy Richard charity sale goes ahead

Wendy Richard charity sale goes ahead
A charity sale of clothes belonging to the late EastEnders actress Wendy Richard has gone ahead in London today. As expected, a section of high street store Selfridges was revamped with a special Are You Being Served? theme for the event. Richard played Miss Brahms on the BBC sitcom between 1972 and 1985. The star's former EastEnders colleagues Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), June Brown (Dot Branning), Laila Morse (Mo Harris) and Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs) were among those helping to serve customers today. Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith, best known (more)
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Wendy Richard Remembered At Charity Sale

A group of British celebrities is remembering the life of actress Wendy Richard, who died of cancer last February.

The cast of British soap Eastenders – which featured Richard – will create a real-life version of one of her earlier shows, Are You Being Served, by helping out at a charity store at Selfridges in London.

Are You Being Served star Nicholas Smith will join EastendersNatalie Cassidy and June Brown to sell designer outfits and accessories owned by the actress to benefit the Lady Traverners, which helps young people with special needs take part in sports.

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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
TORONTO -- After breaking in their act in several hilarious shorts -- two won Oscars -- and a TV series, Wallace and Gromit get their very own feature film in “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Wallace, of course, is that cheerful but daft inventor extraordinaire and Gromit is his silent though sage canine, who quietly cleans up his master’s disasters. Most fans of the U.K.-based Aardman Animations’ magical claymation technique think of these two as the studio’s best creations. They certainly live up to that reputation in “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

Aardman’s first feature for DreamWorks, “Chicken Run” in 2000, didn’t completely manage the trick of maintaining the laughs and stylish glee of its shorts in a film nearly three times their length. The studio now hits its stride in a second outing, displaying the same technical flair, wonderful British wit and a sharper story sense. Since “Curse” is both a family movie and a date movie, DreamWorks should enjoy a long theatrical run followed by a lively ancillary afterlife.

This adventure is scripted by the two co-directors, Steve Box and Nick Park, along with Bob Baker and Mark Burton. Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) & Gromit run a humane extermination company called Anti-Pesto, which collects rabbits savaging vegetable patches in a comfy British suburb and brings them back to the house. (The basement is getting rather overrun by rabbits, the truth be told.)

Anti-Pesto faces its greatest challenge when a monster rabbit devours patch after patch in the days leading up to the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, sponsored by Lady Tottington (an aristocratically bubbly Helena Bonham Carter). The team must also outwit the blustery Victor Quartermaine (Ralph Fiennes in a delightfully over-the-top caricature), who means to kill the monster rabbit with a gold bullet, a 24-carat one. (The Aardman crew is truly addicted to puns.)

Then the unthinkable happens: Wallace & Gromit meet the enemy and it is … Wallace? Yes, in a foolish attempt to rehab rabbits from their desire for veggies in his laboratory, things went horribly wrong. Now, when the moon comes out, Wallace transforms into the Were-Rabbit in a delightful sequence that captures the best of claymation.

Park and Box can now spoof all the old monster movies, everything from werewolves to King Kong himself. From here on the movie rolls merrily along with slapstick action and whimsical characters. And always there’s Gromit working feverishly to prevent disaster after disaster.

Julian Nott’s jolly music with its mock epic swells just barely keeps up with the breakneck pace, one-liners and jokey signs that fly by too fast for the eye to catch every one.

WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

DreamWorks Pictures

DreamWorks Animation presents an Aardman Animations production

Credits: Directors: Nick Park, Steve Box; Writers: Steve Box, Nick Park, Bob Baker, Mark Burton; Producers: Claire Jennings, Carla Shelley, Peter Lord, David Sporxton, Nick Park; Executive producers: Michael Rose, Cecil Kramer; Director of photography: Tristan Oliver, Dave Alex-Riddett; Production designer: Phil Lewis; Music: Julian Nott; Editor: Dave McCormick, Greg Perler.

Cast: Wallace: Peter Sallis; Victor Quatermaine: Ralph Fiennes; Lady Tottington: Helena Bonham Carter; Rev.Hedges: Nicholas Smith; PC McIntosh: Peter Kay; Mrs. Mulch: Liz Smith.

MPAA rating G, running time 80 minutes.

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