Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
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The Sweet Smell of Success 

Mrs. Slocombe has invented her own perfume as a hobby, which has the potency to attract men to its enticing smell. She sells it under the table, but what will happen if she gets caught?

Director:

Bob Spiers

Writers:

Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Arthur English ... Mr. Harman
Mike Berry ... Mr. Spooner
Candy Davis Candy Davis ... Miss Belfridge
Doremy Vernon Doremy Vernon ... Canteen Manageress
Diana King Diana King ... Mrs. Peacock
Michael Sharvell-Martin Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Handsome Customer
Rex Robinson Rex Robinson ... Military Customer
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Storyline

Grace Brothers are trying to cut down on costs, which means nobody is allowed to use the lifts outside opening hours and the staff have to pay for any lunch except the sloppiest, most common one. Therefore, the clothes department staff decide to all share the proceeds from selling Mrs. Slocombe's home-made perfume. At first, they try to keep it a secret from Mr. Rumbold, but after he has found out, he actually approves of the selling of the perfume. As he catches a cold and goes home, Captain Peacock temporarily takes over his duties and his office, joining his young secretary in making labels for the perfume bottles. However, his wife shows up, convinced he is having an affair with the secretary. Written by Anders E Lundin

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Release Date:

22 April 1983 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The canteen clock is stopped at three minutes past one. See more »

Goofs

In "Shoulder To Shoulder", Mrs Slocombe was Assistant 51. She's now Assistant 193. In "Oh, What A Tangled Web", Mr Humprhies was Assistant 13 (unlucky for some). He's now Assistant 4711. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Lost Tribe (1949) See more »

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