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

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1972 - 1985
69 (1 pilot + 10 series)
Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith, Trevor Bannister, Arthur English, Arthur Brough and more
Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
Bernard Thompson, Harold Snoad, Ray Butt, David Croft, Bob Spiers, Gordon Elsbury, John Kilby and Martin Shardlow
David Croft, Harold Snoad, Bob Spiers and Martin Shardlow

The peace and arrangement of ages is thrown into disarray at London department store Grace Brothers when Ladies' Intimate Apparel is moved to the opposite side of the same floor already occupied by Men's Ready To Wear.

Stubborn ladies' manager Mrs. Slocombe is quickly thrown into direct conflict with Mr. Grainger and his staff: particularly cheeky junior salesman Mr. Lucas, who takes a near-instant shine to Slocombe's assistant, buxom young blonde Miss Brahms.

Between Lucas and Grainger is the outrageously camp Mr. Humphries; and above them all are Captain Peacock, the head of the floor; company executive Mr. Rumbold; and the co-founder of the store, positively ancient board chairman 'Young' Mr. Grace, complete with a never-ending stream of farcical sales and promotional initiatives.

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Comedy Playhouse

Also known as
  • Comedy Playhouse: Are You Being Served?
  • AYBS? (Acronym)

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First broadcast
Friday 8th September 1972 at 9:30pm on BBC One
Next repeats
  1. Series 7, Christmas Special: Thursday 14th December at 12:35pm on Gold
  2. Series 3, Christmas Special: Wednesday 20th December at 12:35pm on Gold
  3. Series 7, Christmas Special: Friday 22nd December at 2:35pm on Gold
  4. Series 7, Christmas Special: Saturday 23rd December at 3:20am on Gold
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