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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Are You Being Served? See more »

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Runtime:

(69 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was initially conceived as a starring vehicle for Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas), following his popularity on the ITV sitcom The Dustbinmen. See more »

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Character's first names vary throughout the series: Mr. Lucas is variously James or Dick; Mr. Harman starts as Harry, then becomes Beverley; the cleaner has three different names, always played by the same actress. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Slocombe: [Mr. Humphries has just been sacked for being a "troublemaker"] I can't believe this is our last morning coffee together!
Miss Brahms: Coffee? I thought this was tea.
Mr. Bert Spooner: No, the tea's the one with the froth on top.
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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 »

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Funny
29 June 2004 | by malcolmpearsonSee all my reviews

I left England in 1968 so I missed watching this live as it were but it is still hilarious. Here in Alberta we can watch it 5 times a week on P.B.S. or on Y.T.V. in Canada at 1 a.m. I find it so amusing, the characterizations are faultless the dialogue is matchless the situations are believable even if sometimes outrageous.

But above all it is a very gentle comedy, in the best traditions of English comedy, nobody gets hurt, reputations are never ruined, it is never malicious or small-minded.

I watch it every chance I get because it is funny without forcing the humour.


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