The staff have fun temporarily working in Grace Brothers' toy department. Mr. Humphries enjoys a giant dollhouse, Mrs. Slocombe sells peeing dollies and Mr. Grainger gets sentimental playing with a ...
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
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 »
Throughout the series, the scripts constantly change the location of the Ladies' and Gentlemens' departments, sometimes referring to it being on the third floor, sometimes on the fourth. Also, the theme song lyrics indicate the department is on the first floor. See more »
"Are You Being Served?" is one of my favourite comedy programmes.
It involves the working life of the staff in Ladies and Menswear departments on the third floor of Grace Bros store.
The main characters are the hilarious senior saleslady Mrs Slocombe, always worried about her pussy!, played by Mollie Sugden, John Inman as homosexual-type salesman Mr Humphries, pompous floorwalker Capt. Peacock played by Frank Thornton, wisecracking junior salesman Mr Lucas [Trevor Bannister], who was always leering at young saleslady Miss Brahms [Wendy Richard, now Pauline in EastEnders], senior salesman Mr Grainger [Arthur Brough] and tactless manager Mr Rumbold [Nicholas Smith].
The boss was 80 year old Mr Grace, telling everyone "You've all done very well!", played by Harold Bennett. People of all ages will love this series, even thirty years after it's entry to TV, you can still laugh at it over and over again!
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