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Keeping Up Appearances. Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

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Keeping Up Appearances

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket devotes her time to monitoring 'standards' and attempting to impress 'influential' people

1990 - 1995  (BBC One)
44 (5 series)
Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson, Shirley Stelfox, Mary Millar, Jeremy Gittins, George Webb, Marion Barron, David Griffin
Roy Clarke
British Broadcasting Corporation

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet') aims to impress. A rare, principled bastion standing against slovenly behaviour, lowering standards, and anything deemed cheap or common, this very middle-class woman has aspirations - and delusions - of splendid grandeur.

Hyacinth's hen-pecked husband, Richard, keeps his head down and does his best to cope with her highly-strung, demanding ways, whilst next-door neighbour brother-and-sister duo Elizabeth and Emmet frequently find themselves on the receiving end of her uncompromising approach to the finer things in life.

As far as Hyacinth is concerned, the less said about her 'wayward' sisters Rose and Daisy - and particularly the latter's slobbish husband, Onslow - the better! She loves them dearly, but they're not really her sort of people...