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You Rang, M'Lord? 

Adventures and misadventures of Lord Meldrum, his family and their servants. Set in 1920's.
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1993   1991   1990   1988  

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Series cast summary:
Paul Shane ...  Alf Stokes 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Jeffrey Holland Jeffrey Holland ...  James Twelvetrees 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Su Pollard Su Pollard ...  Ivy Teasdale 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Donald Hewlett ...  Lord George Meldrum 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Michael Knowles ...  The Honourable Teddy Meldrum 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Bill Pertwee ...  P.C. Wilson 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Brenda Cowling ...  Mrs. Blanche Lipton 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Mavis Pugh Mavis Pugh ...  Lady Lavender 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Susie Brann Susie Brann ...  Poppy Meldrum 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Catherine Rabett Catherine Rabett ...  Cissy Meldrum 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Perry Benson Perry Benson ...  Henry Livingstone 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Barbara New Barbara New ...  Mabel Wheeler / ... 26 episodes, 1988-1993
Angela Scoular ...  Lady Agatha Shawcross 18 episodes, 1988-1993
Yvonne Marsh Yvonne Marsh ...  Madge Cartwright 17 episodes, 1988-1993
John Horsley ...  Sir Ralph Shawcross 15 episodes, 1990-1993
Frank Williams ...  Charles - the Bishop 14 episodes, 1990-1993
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This show is set in the year 1927. Lord Meldrum is a wealthy widower and he owns a rubber factory. He lives with his brother Teddy, mother in law Lady Lavender and two daughters, Poppy and Cissy. Meldrum is having an affair with Lady Agatha, wife of his rival Sir Ralph. He is trying to persuade Teddy to marry a socialite Madge Cartwright, but Teddy fancies servant girls more than the upper class ladies so he's reluctant to marry Madge. Poppy is a flapper who often flirts with the servant James. She's very different from her sister Cissy - in appearance as well as in attitude. Cissy fancies women more than men, she wears male clothes and is a member of the workers movement and a workers political party. Lady Lavender is extravagant, she owns a parrot and likes to throw food at servants. The servants live downstairs and they consist of Mrs. Lipton, the cook; James, a stuck up and snobbish servant; Henry, the youngest servant who usually gets clipped behind the ear by James or Mrs. ... Written by Audrey_L

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Trivia

As indicated on a number of occasions (for example, on her campaign leaflet when she stands for the local elections), Cissy Meldrum's real first name is Cecily. See more »

Quotes

The Honourable Teddy Meldrum: I don't want to marry Madge Cartwright. I want to marry her maid, Rose.
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Alternate Versions

In the opening credits, there are sound effects accompanying the actions of the animated characters, except for the pilot episode, where all of these actions are silent and the only sound effect heard is the bell ringing as part of the theme tune. See more »

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Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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Excellent, under-rated but seemingly little sought after !
17 December 2005 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I possess about 96% of this series, or should I say these series on VHS and am awaiting the day they will be available on DVD. This was an excellent comedy series which seems to have fallen into oblivion. Some of the actors starred in "It Ain't Half Hot Mum ", another excellent series set in British India ! This series examines the relationships between the servant staff and the occupying family of an upper class British Household during the 1920's. What is good about it is that each character is extremely well analyzed and developed and when you follow the series from one episode to the next, their is a rigid consistency in the way each of the characters behaves. What is good is that the satire concerns everyone, it is not an anti-upper-class satire, the humbler characters are portrayed to be just as scheming and below-the-belt as the aristocratic ones. Of course I sympathize with poor old Mabel who is treated like dirt by the other servants who for some reason consider her below their level to partake of the same food as themselves ! Also I found extremely annoying the policeman who turns up every time in the kitchen to scrounge tea and cake - in fact the servants probably come out of this with a worse image than the aristocrats - sure Poppy is a spoiled brat and is always leading James on, but he himself has a kind of inverted snobbery or obsequiousness. Paul Shane's character (head butler) is also extremely dislike-able ( for me ) as he represents typical working-class-with-a-chip-on-their-shoulder but I found the character of his daughter Ivy absolutely adorable and found Henry incredibly funny with his off the cuff remarks as I did Teddy with his cravings for servant girls. Sir Ralph's character can also get annoying at times and it's a bit of a shame that Lord Meldrum has a soft spot for his wife as she seems to be more of a slut than anything else; Each episode is very well crafted and provides many moments of laughter, quiproquo, an insight into relations between "upstairs and downstairs" plus the inclusion of a number of external influences ( Barbara Windsor, for example, as Shane's false wife ). I am very fond of Donald Hewlett as an actor and his character is that I prefer in this series.

The series is typically English humour, I am not sure whether it could be appreciated by foreign audiences as some prior knowledge of the English class system is necessary - but once you get into it and become familiar with each of the characters - you cannot do without it ! I am hopeful that one day this will get round to being issued on DVD, such is the scarcity of good comedy in the UK nowadays, we need to re-edit these oldies on DVD to provide ourselves with some hours of pleasure.


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 December 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Csengetett, Mylord? See more »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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