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Are You Being Served? 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1972–1985)
The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mollie Sugden ...  Mrs. Slocombe 69 episodes, 1972-1985
John Inman ...  Mr. Humphries / ... 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Frank Thornton ...  Captain Peacock 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Wendy Richard ...  Miss Brahms 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Nicholas Smith ...  Mr. Rumbold / ... 69 episodes, 1972-1985
Trevor Bannister ...  Mr. Lucas 48 episodes, 1972-1979
Arthur English ...  Mr. Harman 48 episodes, 1976-1985
Harold Bennett ...  Young Mr. Grace 46 episodes, 1972-1981
Arthur Brough ...  Mr. Grainger 34 episodes, 1972-1977
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Storyline

This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen's hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock, has daily charge over two small sales teams. The bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women's clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman's side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries, an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Are You Being Served? See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(69 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mrs Slocombe's best friend Mrs Axelby is the only person regularly mentioned by a main character who does not eventually appear in the show (and to a lesser extent, Mr Lucas's mother). Throughout the series, numerous characters are mentioned repeatedly who finally show up onscreen several seasons later. This includes Old Mr Grace, Mrs Peacock, Mrs Rumbold, Mrs Grainger, Miss Hurst of Novelty Candles, Mr Patel of Accounts, Seymour of Maintenance, and Mr Humphries' mother. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, the entire staff of the floor takes breaks together. That would mean that the entire floor would be closed due to lack of employees during break times. Indeed, one episode specifically deals with this problem. Mr. Grace feels that they are losing too much business during this hour, and pushes the lunch break back to later in the afternoon, leading the staff to hit the roof. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Humphries: Glass of water for Mr. Grainger.
Mr. Lucas: Glass of water coming up.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits were preamble with the caption, "You have been watching" followed by each actor, either breaking the fourth wall to the camera or still in character relating to the episode. Sometimes, like the episode "Camping In", this would include the customer shown in the store at night, long after it was closed, since the episode ended with the store employees spending the night in the store. See more »

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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.35 (2015) See more »

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Double Entendre!
31 October 2000 | by adaielloSee all my reviews

Are You Being Served is a fantastic example of British humor at its finest. Granted, with almost 30 years since the telecast of the first episode, some of the humor has become dated. However, the cast and script-writers took the concept of double entendre to a whole new level with the jokes in the show (the best one I think being about Mrs. Slocum's cat, if you get my drift!). The thing that makes the show stand the test of time is that they did not have to resort to outright obscenity and crudity to get the humor across. It requires a little bit of thought to follow some of the jokes, which while base, are veiled in "false propriety". It is something that I would have no problem letting my children watch because they would not get the jokes until they were old enough to understand and deal with the humor. What comedy today can we say the same about? The show also has the ability to pull you in, make you privy to the "secret jokes" and make you feel part of the club. You become bound up in the inside jokes and personalities, and can identify with the characters (within reason: who can understand the concept of Mrs. Slocum's changing hair-colors?!). Overall, it is a great series and well worth watching, even 27 years later!


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