Are You Being Served? Page 8

Are You Being Served?. Image shows from L to R: Mrs. Betty Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), Miss Shirley Brahms (Wendy Richard), Mr. Dick Lucas (Trevor Bannister), Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold (Nicholas Smith), Mr. Mash (Larry Martyn), Mr. Ernest Grainger (Arthur Brough), Mr. Wilberforce Humphries (John Inman), Captain Stephen Peacock (Frank Thornton). Copyright: BBC.

Are You Being Served?

Sitcom set in London department store Grace Bros., where the Ladies' Intimate Apparel and Men's Ready To Wear departments are forced to share a floor

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Dice

  • Thursday 5th September 2013, 12:54am
  • United States
  • 162 posts

Our PBS stations never showed Allo Allo! This bites! Even the PBS stations here suck! Teary

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Deferenz

  • Thursday 12th September 2013, 10:41am [Edited]
  • West Sussex, England
  • 778 posts
Quote: sootyj @ August 24 2013, 8:35 PM BST

Do kids these days think this show was about epic rap battles?


This comment gave me a vision of what AYBS would be in today's TV environment. I saw someone like Dale Winton & Sara Cox teaming up to do a reality show where they deliver divorce papers to unsuspecting members of the public.

Ok, so it momentarily tittled me before it wore off...

Def.

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gb901

  • Wednesday 16th October 2013, 4:20pm [Edited]
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 383 posts

Good on the BBC for once: repeating this comedy classic on BBC Two on weekday afternoons.
Far preferable - and funnier - than Mrs. Brown's Boys or Miranda.

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gb901

  • Wednesday 12th March 2014, 7:04pm [Edited]
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 383 posts

Now showing the series with Candy Davis as Mr Rumbold's secretary - phwoar!!!

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Wednesday 12th March 2014, 10:21pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,017 posts

AYBS? is one of those sitcoms I'm glad is there but also glad I don't watch. The same as 'Allo 'Allo!, except I'll add a very glad on the latter bit.

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Phoenix Lazarus

  • Tuesday 18th March 2014, 2:40pm
  • England
  • 85 posts
Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 12th March 2014, 10:21 PM GMT

AYBS? is one of those sitcoms I'm glad is there but also glad I don't watch. The same as 'Allo 'Allo!, except I'll add a very glad on the latter bit.


Why are you glad it's there if you don't watch it? Altruistic concern for televisual enjoyers of the series?

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Mark Gibson

  • Wednesday 7th May 2014, 2:46pm [Edited]
  • newc astle, England
  • 30 posts

I loved it as a kid, and I've not seen it or much of it for years, but every Friday night growing up no matter what trend or comedy fashion was in, I always tuned into Grace Brothers' finest. I mean it's pure panto full of double - sometimes just plain single - entendre, stuffed full, of filth and fun. And a huge dollop of Mrs Slocombe's pussy, which was her cat and not her cat, if you catch me drift.

Zero plots really, catchphrases galore, over the top and full of zest. Its team a sheer force of nature like a comedic tsunami. Shell out gags and slapstick at a rate of knots. I even went to the pictures to watch the film version of it, and I loved that too.

Didn't like Grace & Favour at all, it was timed wrong.

And I've never believed Mr Humphreys was not gay, and just a mummy's boys, there's load of jokes about cottaging in it. And who cares, he was a camp classic.

I don't know if I'd still love it as much as I did then, perhaps I may, perhaps I may not.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Wednesday 7th May 2014, 5:00pm [Edited]
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,161 posts
Quote: Mark Gibson @ 7th May 2014, 2:46 PM BST

And I've never believed Mr Humphreys was not gay, and just a mummy's boys, there's load of jokes about cottaging in it. And who cares, he was a camp classic.


Same thing with It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Beaumont was clearly meant to be gay at the beginning, but at one point of the show Croft (& partner) felt the need to "put it right" by giving him a short and completely unconvincing heterosexual affair...well not even an affair, just passionate snog with a sexy woman. Just as with Humphreys. I remember him being kissed by a woman (Miss Brahms?) which he replied by jumping at her like a randy toad. But both scenes didn't feel natural...just an excuse to make them straight, maybe because of societal pressures. Ridiculous when writers chicken out that way.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 7th May 2014, 5:35pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,430 posts

Or maybe it underlines their homosexuality by showing how ludcirously they react with a woman?

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sootyj

  • Wednesday 7th May 2014, 5:46pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

I think Aaron that'd be too subtle.

Cultural mores change with generations, it's not fair to judge a 1970s show by 2014 values.

Or else the only sitcom you'll be left with is, Are You Being Politically Correct?

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george roper

  • Friday 16th May 2014, 9:21pm [Edited]
  • in the back on stan butlers bus ., England
  • 4,037 posts

Are You Being Served is just an excellent sitcom. "I'm free!"

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Paul Wimsett

  • Saturday 17th May 2014, 7:36am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,285 posts

It's one of those sitcoms that wouldn't work as real life...

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Oldrocker

  • Saturday 28th March 2015, 5:02pm [Edited]
  • Near my beloved Black Country in Wolverhampton, England
  • 13,416 posts

I don't think that the current rerun on BBC Two has been edited.

In Camping In:

Miss Brahms: I can still picture him running up the beach with his black face.
Mr Lucas: What was he? The first illegal immigrant?
Miss Brahms: No, a commando.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 21st July 2015, 8:37pm
  • England
  • 16,533 posts

Caught a glimpse of an episode with Mike Berry and a different Mr Grace, not (Mr Bluett) on BBC2 this afternoon.

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Gordon Bennett

  • Tuesday 21st July 2015, 8:40pm
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,161 posts
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 21st July 2015, 8:37 PM BST

Caught a glimpse of an episode with Mike Berry and a different Mr Grace, not (Mr Bluett) on BBC2 this afternoon.

I'm currently watching series 8 on DVD...I hate this Mr Grace and the less said about Berry the better.