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Are You Being Served? 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1972–1985)
The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.
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10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1985   1983   1981   1979   1978   1977   … See all »
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Series cast summary:
Mollie Sugden ...  Mrs. Slocombe 69 episodes, 1972-1985
John Inman ...  Mr. Humphries / ... 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Frank Thornton ...  Captain Peacock 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Wendy Richard ...  Miss Brahms 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Nicholas Smith ...  Mr. Rumbold / ... 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Trevor Bannister ...  Mr. Lucas 48 episodes, 1972-1979
Arthur English ...  Mr. Harman 48 episodes, 1976-1985
Harold Bennett ...  Young Mr. Grace 46 episodes, 1972-1981
Arthur Brough ...  Mr. Grainger 34 episodes, 1972-1977
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This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen's hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock, has daily charge over two small sales teams. The bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women's clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman's side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries, an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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I'm Free !

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Comedy

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Trivia

Toys is the only other department at Grace Brothers to be seen in the entire series. Part of the Radio Department (and Packing) was seen through CCTV in the final season, while other parts of the store shown on screen were the boardroom, management offices, basement, nurse's station, roof, the fifth floor (vacant at the time), three "apartments" on the top floor, and, of course, the canteen. At various points in the series, Sporting, Cosmetics and Shoes were temporarily moved onto the Mens and Ladies floor, while many other departments were mentioned but never seen (although their staff were). See more »

Goofs

The sex of Mrs. Slocombe's cat, Tiddles, frequently changes from him to her. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mrs. Slocombe: ...and I am unanimous in this!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits were preamble with the caption, "You have been watching" followed by each actor, either breaking the fourth wall to the camera or still in character relating to the episode. Sometimes, like the episode "Camping In", this would include the customer shown in the store at night, long after it was closed, since the episode ended with the store employees spending the night in the store. See more »

Connections

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What can I Say, I LOVE this show!
16 June 2001 | by jdarrylsSee all my reviews

I love this show so very much! Ever since I first had the honour of viewing this show for the first time, I have loved it. I have seen each episode more times then I can remember, and yet still every night I watch them again. I have grown to know ALL the characters personally, and feel like I am a part of what feels very much like real life at Grace Brother's Department Store. What the characters said, and everything that happened, I know as a very pleasant dream. Dive into the joy of the working staff of this wonderful series, and you will not want to leave. Listen, and you can almost hear the wonderful Mr. Humpries's saying "I'm Free!"

On another note, I must just give a huge thank you to everybody was ever involved in Are You Being Served?, and Are You Being Served, Again?. Because of this show, I grew to love many other wonderful BritComs (British comedies). Thank you to all cast members, crew, the very men who brought the show to TV, extras, etc. To those who have passed on, rest in peace brothers and sisters. You may have departed this world, but I for one will never forget you, and the wonderful contributions you made. To the fictional staff of Grace Bros., thank you for allowing us a just a peek into you lives. I just wish I did not have to leave. Thanks all, your work is remembered certainly by me, and millions of fans past, present and definately future. Grace Bros. will continue to be open, as long as someone keeps watching and remembers.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(69 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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