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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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Storyline

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 »

Also Known As:

Keeping Up Appearances 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

In the 2016 standalone prequel episode "Young Hyacinth", which may have lead to a prequel series, we learn more about the origins of Hyacinth's mindset, and their family surname is finally revealed to be the Waltons(!) - surely an in-joke reference to the Lorimar Television series. According to this episode, in the early 1950s, young Hyacinth Walton is working as a domestic servant for the Cooper-Smiths by day while living in a small canal cottage with her alcoholic father ("Daddy") and her three sisters (Violet, Rose and Daisy). Impressed by her eccentric employers, Hyacinth vows to escape her poor background and enter a world of the elegant upper class, thus leading to her ongoing behaviour seen in Keeping up Appearances, of "trying to climb the social (classes) ladder". 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

[repeated line]
Onslow: Oh, nice!
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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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Referenced in Birds of a Feather: Keeping Up Appearances (1991) See more »

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Funnier than America's current sitcoms
12 July 2005 | by davilbrSee all my reviews

My wife and I discovered "Keeping up appearances" several years ago on PBS and we've been hooked ever since. As many times as we watch it, we never tire of Hyacinth's relentless efforts to climb the social latter within the backdrop of her less-than-classy family. KUA is certainly funnier than any sitcom produced in America today. The humor is an excellent mixture of traditional brit, old-fashioned slapstick and numerous sight gags and with facial expressions that are often more telling than dialogue. Patricia Routledge is the greatest comedic actress since Lucille Ball and couldn't possibly be more realistic in this hilarious role. She and her supporting cast lend such an element of realism to the show, one is almost tempted to look outside to see if they may be lurking next door! kudos and cheers to the Brits for this classic.


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