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Keeping Up Appearances 

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Patricia Routledge ...  Hyacinth 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Judy Cornwell ...  Daisy 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Geoffrey Hughes ...  Onslow 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Clive Swift ...  Richard 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Josephine Tewson ...  Elizabeth 43 episodes, 1990-1995
Mary Millar ...  Rose 38 episodes, 1991-1995
David Griffin ...  Emmet 37 episodes, 1991-1995
Jeremy Gittins ...  Michael the Vicar 19 episodes, 1990-1995
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Hyacinth Bucket (whose name she insists is pronounced "bouquet") continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, though she's wedged on a rung just below her sister Violet (whose house has a swimming pool, sauna, and room for a pony) and just above her working class sisters Daisy and Rose. Hyacinth's passion for flawless entertaining unnerves her neighbor Elizabeth, who is often invited to the Bucket home for coffee. Elizabeth's divorced brother Emmet, who also lives next door to the Buckets, tries to avoid Hyacinth because she breaks into song in his presence in the hope he'll cast her in one of his "little theater" musical productions. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1990 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(1 episode) | (1 episode) | (42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was cancelled after 5th season solely by Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth) decision to move on and avoid risking being associated with one role only. Once key actress departed the creators felt the show would need to change the whole dynamic to remain funny and BBC decided to cancel it. See more »

Goofs

In most episodes following the introduction of Emmet, he is frequently seen to stare out the side living room window of Elizabeth's house at the assorted goings-on next-door at Hyacinth's. However, all exterior shots of the house clearly show that there are no windows on that side of this room. See more »

Quotes

Hyacinth: Rose, that skirt's too short!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see a table set for a posh dinner. When all credits have been shown, Hyacinth is shown rearranging a fork and a spoon and then putting a name plate on the table. As the camera zooms in on it, you can see that it reads Harold Snoad and the words "Produced & Directed by" appear above it (plus a copyright notice below it). See more »

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One of the BEST British comedy's ever made!
15 June 2004 | by soap_expertSee all my reviews

Keeping Up Appearances has got to be one of my favourite shows EVER!

I remember watching it years ago when it was first on BBC1, and thinking it was SOOO funny! Now it's back on UK Gold, and I can't help but watch it every time it's on.

Patrcia Routledge as Hyacinth is fantastic! The casting and acting are perfect. OK, as some people have pointed out, there are so many running jokes - but that is what is all part of what makes this show great!

Hyacinth's candlelight suppers, her answering the phone "the Bucket residence, the lady of the house speaking!", Elizabth constantly spilling her coffee, always trying to resist her daily order from Hyacinth for morning coffee, Emmett and "she'll sing at me", Onslow "Oh Nice", Vilot - "It's MA Sister Violet, "Daddy!", the vicar, Rose and Mr. whoever, and throughout all this poor old Richard, lol.

And one of the best and most famous Hyacinth lines - "Sauna, Swimming Pool and room for a pony!!!!"

It is a true proper British comedy, and is up there with the likes of that other great 90's BBC sitcom - One Foot in the Grave. And also the likes of To The Manor Born, The Good Life, and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Everybody you talk to always raises a smile when you mention "the Bucket woman"!

Only the other day I watched an episode when Hyacinth wanted to test drive a new Rolls Royce so she could get one-up on another one of her posh local rivals - Lydia Hawsworth, whom had just overtaken them in her brand new Jag.

She made Richard drive it out of the garage without the salesman's permission, and take it to this posh hotel deliberately, as she knew this was where this woman had afternoon tea. Of course Rose, Daisy and Onslow turn up as usual, so they have to get out of there before she bumps into them - how embarrassing! lol. When they get into her "getaway car" as she callas it to Richard, the police turn up and arrest them outside the hotel! And then just at that point who turns up but Lydia Hawksworth!

This is just an example of how great this show is!

Quite frankly, I really don't understand how anybody could NOT like it!

If they don't, then I actually feel slightly sorry for them - as they are missing out on so much enjoyment!

Oh...and contrary to what somebody has said - in my opinion it is just about the closest thing to perfection that a sitcom can get!


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