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Young Hyacinth (2016)

Set in the late 1950s, a young Hyacinth will be seen desperately trying to force her family to climb the social ladder.


Sandy Johnson


Roy Clarke


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Cast overview:
Kerry Howard ... Hyacinth
Debra Stephenson Debra Stephenson ... Dulcie
Tony Gardner ... Claude
Mark Addy ... Daddy
Katherine Pearce Katherine Pearce ... Daisy
Katie Redford ... Rose
Thomas Pickles Thomas Pickles ... Eric
Tamla Kari ... Violet
Tim Downie ... Freddy
James Wrighton ... William


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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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 (1990) See more »

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Damp squib
2 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This comedy one off is part of the BBC's continuing sitcom season in 2016. Written by Roy Clarke it is a prequel to Keeping up Appearances.

Kerry Howard plays young Hyacinth the maid with aspirations to be a social climber in 1950s Britain who would be later portrayed by Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket, pronounced Bouquet.

Howard has the mannerisms of Routledge as well as the voice but with an abysmal script there was no characterisation. We see her living in a house by the canal with her more common sisters and their dad, a war veteran who is fond of the booze.

This episode was a laughter free zone, not helped by murky camera- work, lack of canned laughter, hammy acting and an unfunny script.

Writer Roy Clarke has previous form with prequels. He did First of the Summer Wine which had some charm despite the dodgy continuity with the main show, at least it complemented Last of the Summer Wine. Young Hyacinth does not.

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