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Are You Being Served?

Title card of pilot.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jeremy Lloyd
and David Croft
Starring Mollie Sugden
Frank Thornton
John Inman
Wendy Richard
Nicholas Smith
Trevor Bannister
Harold Bennett
Arthur Brough
James Hayter
Arthur English
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 69 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 8 September 19721 April 1985
External links
IMDb profile

Are You Being Served? was a long-running British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. It was set in the men's and women's department of a large fictional London store called Grace Brothers. It was mainly written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, with contributions by Michael Knowles and John Chapman. The idea for the show came from Lloyd's brief stint working at Simpsons of Piccadilly in the early 1950s, a classy clothing store which traded for over 60 years until 1999.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Jeremy Lloyd (born 1932) is an English actor and scriptwriter, best known as the co-author of several successful British sitcoms. ... David Croft (born September 7, 1922 in Sandbanks, United Kingdom) is a writer, producer and actor. ... Mollie Sugden (born Mary Isobel Sugden on 21 July 1922, in Keighley, Yorkshire) is an English comedy actress who found fame as saleswoman Betty Slocombe in the popular British sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972 - 1985). ... Frank Thornton was born Frank Thornton Ball on January 15, 1921 at Dulwich, London, England, United Kingdom. ... Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ... Wendy Richard MBE (born Wendy Emerton on 20 July 1943) is a popular English actress best known for playing Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1985 and Pauline Fowler in EastEnders from 1985 to 2006. ... Nicholas Smith being interviewed in 2003. ... Trevor Bannister (born August 14, 1936) is a British actor known for playing Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1979. ... Harold Bennett (17 September 1899 – 15 September 1981) was an English actor most famous for playing Young Mr. ... Arthur Brough was born (as Frederick Arthur Baker) 1905 at Petersfield, Hampshire and died May 28, 1978. ... James Hayter (April 23, 1907 – March 27, 1983) was a British actor. ... Arthur English (May 9, 1919 – April 16, 1995) was a British comedian from the music hall tradition. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The following is a list of episodes for the British sitcom Are You Being Served? that aired from 1972 to 1985. ... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Jeremy Lloyd (born 1932) is an English actor and scriptwriter, best known as the co-author of several successful British sitcoms. ... David Croft (born September 7, 1922 in Sandbanks, United Kingdom) is a writer, producer and actor. ... Michael Knowles (born in Spondon, Derbyshire, date unknown) is an English actor and scriptwriter, best know for his role as Captain Jonathan Ashwood, in the 1970s sitcom It Aint Half Hot Mum. He also played The Honourable Teddy Meldrum in the 1980s, in the BBC comedy drama You Rang... Waterstones, Piccadilly is a branch of the Waterstones chain of bookshops, located at 203-206 Piccadilly in central London. ...


The episodes rarely left the store, and to parody the stereotype of the rigid British class system, characters rarely addressed each other by their given names, even after work. In 2004, it came 20th in Britain's Best Sitcom. Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...

Contents

Cast

  • Frank Thornton - Captain Stephen Peacock
  • Mollie Sugden - Mrs Betty Slocombe
  • John Inman - Mr Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries
  • Wendy Richard - Miss Shirley Brahms
  • Nicholas Smith - Mr Cuthbert Rumbold
  • Arthur Brough - Mr Ernest Grainger (pilot to series 5)
  • Trevor Bannister - Mr Dick/James Lucas (pilot to 1979 Special)
  • Harold Bennett - Young Mr Grace (pilot to 1981 Special)
  • Larry Martyn - Mr Mash (pilot to 1975 Special)
  • Stephanie Gathercole - Mr Rumbold's secretary (pilot to series 2)
  • Nina Francis - Miss Ainsworth (series 2 and 3)
  • Moira Foot - Miss Thorpe (series 3)
  • Arthur English - Mr Beverley/Harry Harman (from series 4)
  • Penny Irving - Miss Bakewell (series 4 to 1979 Special)
  • James Hayter - Mr Percival Tebbs (series 6 and 1978 Special)
  • Vivienne Johnson - Nurse (series 6 to 1981 Special)
  • Alfie Bass - Mr Harry Goldberg (series 7 and 1979 Special)
  • Mike Berry - Mr Bert Spooner (from series 8)
  • Milo Sperber - Mr Grossman (series 8, episodes 1 to 4)
  • Benny Lee - Mr Klein (series 8, episodes 5 to 7; 1981 Special)
  • Kenneth Waller - Old Mr Grace (series 8 and 1981 Special)
  • Debbie Linden - Secretary (series 8, episodes 1 to 4)
  • Louise Burton - Secretary (series 8, episode 4 to 1981 Special)
  • Candy Davis - Miss Belfridge (from series 9)
  • Diana King - Mrs Peacock (series 4 and 9)
  • Diana Lambert - Mrs Peacock (series 10)
  • Doremy Vernon - Canteen Manageress (from 1975 Special)

Frank Thornton was born Frank Thornton Ball on January 15, 1921 at Dulwich, London, England, United Kingdom. ... Mollie Sugden (born Mary Isobel Sugden on 21 July 1922, in Keighley, Yorkshire) is an English comedy actress who found fame as saleswoman Betty Slocombe in the popular British sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972 - 1985). ... Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ... Wendy Richard MBE (born Wendy Emerton on 20 July 1943) is a popular English actress best known for playing Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1985 and Pauline Fowler in EastEnders from 1985 to 2006. ... Nicholas Smith being interviewed in 2003. ... Arthur Brough was born (as Frederick Arthur Baker) 1905 at Petersfield, Hampshire and died May 28, 1978. ... Trevor Bannister (born August 14, 1936) is a British actor known for playing Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1979. ... Harold Bennett (17 September 1899 – 15 September 1981) was an English actor most famous for playing Young Mr. ... Larry Martyn (born 22 March 1934 in London, England, died 1994 in St Marys Bay, Kent, England) was a British actor particularly well known for his comedy performances. ... Stephanie Reeve (née Gathercole) is an English actress. ... Arthur English (May 9, 1919 – April 16, 1995) was a British comedian from the music hall tradition. ... Penny Irving (born in England) shot to fame in the 1970s as a topless model page 3 girl and as an actress in the sitcoms Are You Being Served? (which she starred in as Miss Bakewell between 1976 and 1979) and The Likely Lads (playing the role of Sandy). ... James Hayter (April 23, 1907 – March 27, 1983) was a British actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Alfie Bass as the Giant in The Goodies and the Beanstalk (VHS) Alfred Bass (April 8, 1921 – July 15, 1987) was a diminutive cockney-accented Jewish actor, born in Bethnal Green, London, England. ... Mike Berry (born Michael Bourne, on September 24, 1942) is an English actor and singer best known for his appearances as Mr Spooner on Are You Being Served?. Berry was born in Northampton. ... Kenneth Waller was an English actor (born November 5, 1927 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire - died January 28, 2000 in London). ... Debbie Linden, (1961 - 1997) was a British glamour model and actress best known for her role as Old Mr. ... Candy Davis (Clare Damaris Bastin) (January 2, 1962) British actress and model who is best know for her role as Miss Belfridge on the last two series of the popular British television series Are You Being Served? Davis is said to have retired from acting now working in a teaching... Diana King (2 August 1918–31 July 1986) was an English television actress who had a career on British television from 1939 to 1986. ...

Plot

Mollie Sugden as Mrs Slocombe

Are You Being Served? featured mostly obvious humour based on sexual innuendo, misunderstandings, and mistaken identity, as well as sight gags generated by outrageous costumes the characters are sometimes required to wear for store promotions, and gaudy store displays frequently featuring malfunctioning robotic mannequins. The show is well remembered for its prolific use of double entendres. Many jokes also confronted the English class system - especially those built into the interaction between maintenance men Mr Mash or Mr Harman and the ostensibly higher class store personnel. Characters traded-on such stereotypes as the effeminate Mr Humphries, who lived with his mother; Captain Peacock, the haughty floorwalker who allegedly fought Rommel in the North Africa Campaign of World War II; and the snobbish and boisterous Mrs Slocombe of the ever-changing hair colour. The show spawned the catch phrase "Are you free?", usually said by Captain Peacock to the staff; more often than not, the staff are noticeably free, and each would look solemnly from side to side before saying, "Yes I'm free, Captain Peacock." As John Inman remarked, when Mr Humphries trilled "I'm free!" it became his own personal catchphrase. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A double entendre or innuendo is a figure of speech similar to the pun, in which a spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. ... For the term used in computing, see stereotype (UML). ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel ( ) (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was one of the most famous German field marshals of World War II. He was the commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps and also became known by the nickname “The Desert Fox” (Wüstenfuchs,  ) for the skillful military campaigns he... The battle in the North African desert during World War II from 1940-1943. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ...


During its run, the series attracted some mild criticism for its reliance on sexual stereotypes and sexual double entendres, including jokes about Mrs Slocombe's "pussy" (cat). John Inman's camp portrayal of Mr Humphries as an effeminate gay man was supposedly offensive to some gay men, but the character quickly developed a cult gay following. Inman pointed out that Mr Humphries' true sexual orientation was never explicitly stated in the series, and David Croft said in an interview that the character was not homosexual, but "just a mother's boy".[2] With a broad mixture of stereotypical gay characteristics and some apparent heterosexual attractions, viewers were left wondering about Mr Humphries' true sexual orientation. For the term used in computing, see stereotype (UML). ... A double entendre is a figure of speech similar to the pun, in which a spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. ... pussy. ... Camp is an aesthetic in which something has appeal because of its bad taste or ironic value. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...


Characters

This is a list of characters that appeared in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, that aired from 1972 to 1985. ...

Episodes

Are You Being Served? was first broadcast on 8 September 1972 on the BBC, in the form of a pilot for the series Comedy Playhouse. It only aired when it did because of free airspace created by the Munich massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics. The pilot was reshown at the beginning of the first series on 14 March 1973. That first series was aired in the same timeslot as Coronation Street on ITV, and consequently received relatively little attention. However, repeats shown later in the year were much more successful.[3] Although the pilot was produced in colour, only the black-and-white version of this episode remains. The following is a list of episodes for the British sitcom Are You Being Served? that aired from 1972 to 1985. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy Playhouse was an occasional BBC television anthology series of the 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of one-off plays with the potential to be turned into regular sitcoms. ... The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ...


The show went on to receive huge audiences, with later episodes attracting up to 22 million viewers.[4] After 10 series, 69 episodes and a 13-year run, Are You Being Served? came to an end on 1 April 1985. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


In addition, the cast performed in character for a stage sketch on the BBC One programme Variety on 19 June 1976. BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Theme song

The theme song, written by the show's co-writer David Croft and composer Ronnie Hazlehurst, consists of a female lift operator (whose voice was provided by Stephanie Gathercole) announcing each floor over the sounds of a cash register (which basically serves as the only percussion instrument) and a simple musical accompaniment. The theme's distinctive bass guitar sound probably comes from a Rickenbacker 4001, a prevalent instrument in the early 1970s, popularized by such British bands as Yes. David Croft (born September 7, 1922 in Sandbanks, United Kingdom) is a writer, producer and actor. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Ronnie Hazlehurst (13 March 1928 – 1 October 2007) was an English composer who, having joined the BBC in 1961, became its Light Entertainment Musical Director. ... Elevator opeators are not used anymore. ... Stephanie Reeve (née Gathercole) is an English actress. ... Antique crank-operated cash register This article is about the cash register. ... “Percussion” redirects here. ... A typical accompaniment pattern of a Mozart concert or aria. ... Rickenbacker 330JG Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker (IPA pronunciation: ) [1]), is an electric guitar manufacturer, notable for having invented the first electric guitar during the 1930s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


A remix of the theme was released in 1998 by a dance act calling itself "Grace Brothers", and featured samples of John Inman and Frank Thornton.


There is a homage to the theme song in the Ladytron song "Paco!" from the album "604", and New Zealand band Minuit's "I hate guns". A version of the theme song is featured on the album The Ape Of Naples by the experimental music group Coil. The theme song has also been covered by Australian band Regurgitator on their 1999 album ...art. Pop singer Jamelia's song "Window Shopping" (from her 2006 album Walk with Me) begins with a sample of the familiar cash register sound effect as well as Mrs. Slocombe's voice inquiring, "Are you free?". For other uses, see Ladytron (disambiguation). ... 604 is the first album by British electropop band Ladytron. ... Minuit (pronounced Min-wee) are an Electronic/Pop band from New Zealand, originally from Nelson. ... Additional covers Image:Apeofnaples3. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ... Coil was an English cross-genre, experimental music group formed in 1982 by John Balance—later credited as Jhonn Balance—and his lover Peter Christopherson, aka Sleazy.[1] The duo worked together on a series of releases before Balance chose the name Coil, which he claimed to be inspired by... Ben Ely and Quan Yeomans Regurgitator is an Australian rock band from Brisbane consisting of lead singer/guitarist Quan Yeomans, bassist Ben Ely and drummer Peter Kostic. ... Jamelia Niela Davis (born on 11 January 1981), known professionally as Jamelia, is a four-time MOBO Award-winning and BRIT Award nominated artist who found fame in early 2000 after impressing music executives at Parlophone Records with self-written a capella songs. ... Walk with Me is the third studio album by British R&B singer-songwriter Jamelia, released by EMI controlled Parlophone Records in September 2006 (see 2006 in music). ...


Film

In 1977, an Are You Being Served? film was released using the same characters and cast. It was set in the fictional resort of Costa Plonka, in Spain. Are You Being Served?: The Movie, is a 1977 motion picture based on the very popular British sitcom Are You Being Served?,which follows the staff of Grace Brothers Mens and Womens Department as they take a holiday in Costa Plonka while their department is renovated. ... Are You Being Served?: The Movie, is a 1977 motion picture based on the very popular British sitcom Are You Being Served?,which follows the staff of Grace Brothers Mens and Womens Department as they take a holiday in Costa Plonka while their department is renovated. ... This is a list of British TV sitcoms that have been turned into films. ...


The film was an adaptation of the very successful stage version of the show, which ran for two years in 1976 and 1977.


Other countries

The series has become very popular in the United States on PBS stations and on BBC America, as well as in many Commonwealth nations around the world. A U.S. adaptation pilot episode called Beane's of Boston aired on 5 May 1979 on CBS, but it didn't make it to a full series. An Australian version, called Are You Being Served?, ran for sixteen episodes from 1980 to 1981 and starred John Inman as Mr Humphries. “PBS” redirects here. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... Beanes of Boston was a pilot episode for a proposed American adaption of the British sitcom Are You Being Served. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Are You Being Served? (Australian version) was an Australian version of British sitcom Are You Being Served? produced by Network 10 in 1980. ... Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ...


Grace & Favour

Main article: Grace & Favour

In 1992, most of the original cast reunited for a spin-off show called Grace & Favour. This was called Are You Being Served? Again! in the United States and Canada. This article is about the British television show Grace & Favour. ... This article is about the British television show Grace & Favour. ...


Books

Seven early episodes were novelised for a book, written by Jeremy Lloyd, called Are You Being Served? - Camping In and other Fiascos. This was written in 1976, and republished in 1997 by KQED Books. The seven episodes featured are Camping In, Up Captain Peacock, Wedding Bells, His and Hers, Coffee Morning, The Hand of Fate and The Clock, and the dialogue from the TV episodes were used. In 1999, I'm Free! The Complete Are You Being Served?, a guide to the series, was published by Orion Books. It was written by Richard Webber, with contributions from David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd. The Orion Publishing Group Ltd. ... Richard Webber is a fictional character from the ABC television series Greys Anatomy. ...


DVD releases

Series One to Six, including the pilot episode and Christmas specials from those years, are available on DVD in the UK (Region 2) from Cinema Club. Are You Being Served: the Movie was released in 2002. Series Seven and the 1979 Christmas Special are to be released on 26 November 2007. is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


All ten series, as well as both series of Grace & Favour (in packaging titled Are You Being Served? Again!), are available on DVD in Region 1 (North America).


Currently, the first six series and the film have been released in Australia (Region 4). A DVD titled Are You Being Served? - Best of The Early Years and Are You Being Served? Christmas Specials have also been released.


Footnotes

  1. ^ "Going Down: 'Grace Bros' store closes", BBC, 1 February 1999. 
  2. ^ "I'm Free! - The Complete Are You Being Served?", Orion Books, 1999. 
  3. ^ "Obituary - John Inman", The Times, 9 March 2007. 
  4. ^ "Comedy actor Inman dies aged 71", BBC, 8 March 2007. 

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