In the late 1950s Hyacinth is working as a maid to Dulcie and Claude Cooper-Smith, trying to pass off Daddy's alcoholism as the effects of his war wound - not that it fools her sisters, long-suffering lock-keeper Daisy, promiscuous Rose and Violet, who knows how to play a rich man. When Dulcie learns of her husband's infidelity and takes a lover herself Hyacinth walks in on her but displays total discretion, stating that she wants a gentleman as a spouse. Boyfriend William could fit the bill but Daddy predictably scuppers the relationship.
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This prequel episode, in original broadcast order, somewhat confusingly followed the actual final "Keeping up Appearances" episode, which was actually the Christmas special episode entitled "The Pageant", which itself was shown after the final episode of series 5. However, chronologically within the shared story universe, it makes perfect sense to consider this as the prologue episode to the entire "Keeping up Appearances". These 2 time periods can be considered mutual canon, as they are both written by Roy Clarke. See more
Spun-off from Keeping Up Appearances