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? (1972)

BBC One sitcom about a department store. 69 episodes (pilot + 10 series), 1972 - 1985. Stars Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, Wendy Richard and others.

Series 4, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold today at 9:40am.

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1972 - 1985
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
69   (1 pilot + 10 series)
Starring
Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith, Trevor Bannister, Arthur English, Arthur Brough and others
Writers
Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
Directors
Bernard Thompson, Harold Snoad, Ray Butt, David Croft, Bob Spiers, Gordon Elsbury, John Kilby and Martin Shardlow
Producers
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.

Production Details

Part of

Comedy Playhouse

Production company
Also known as
  • AYBS? (Acronym)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 8th September 1972 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 1st April 1985 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 4 Episode 3: Today at 9:40am on Gold
  2. Series 4 Episode 3: Today at 3pm on Gold
  3. Series 4 Episode 3: Today at 5:40pm on Gold
  4. Series 2 Episode 5: Today at 6pm on Drama
  5. Series 4 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 7am on Gold
  6. Series 4 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 9:40am on Gold
  7. Series 4 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 3pm on Gold
  8. Series 4 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 5:40pm on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 1: Tomorrow at 6pm on Drama
  10. Series 4 Episode 4: Wednesday at 7am on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 4 Episode 5: Wednesday at 9:40am on Gold
  12. Series 4 Episode 5: Wednesday at 3pm on Gold
  13. Series 4 Episode 5: Wednesday at 5:40pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 2: Wednesday at 6pm on Drama
  15. Series 4 Episode 5: Thursday at 7am on Gold
  16. Series 4 Episode 6: Thursday at 9:40am on Gold
  17. Series 4 Episode 6: Thursday at 3pm on Gold
  18. Series 4 Episode 6: Thursday at 5:40pm on Gold
  19. Series 3 Episode 3: Thursday at 6pm on Drama
  20. Series 4 Episode 6: Friday at 7:05am on Gold
  21. Series 5 Episode 1: Friday at 9:40am on Gold
  22. Series 5 Episode 1: Friday at 3pm on Gold
  23. Series 5 Episode 1: Friday at 5:40pm on Gold
  24. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday at 6pm on Drama
  25. Series 5 Episode 1: Saturday at 8:15am on Gold
  26. Series 5 Episode 2: Monday 25th January at 9am on Gold
  27. Series 5 Episode 2: Monday 25th January at 3pm on Gold
  28. Series 5 Episode 2: Monday 25th January at 5:40pm on Gold
  29. Series 3 Episode 5: Monday 25th January at 6pm on Drama
  30. Series 5 Episode 2: Tuesday 26th January at 7am on Gold
  31. Series 5 Episode 3: Tuesday 26th January at 9am on Gold
  32. Series 5 Episode 3: Tuesday 26th January at 2:20pm on Gold
  33. Series 5 Episode 3: Tuesday 26th January at 5:40pm on Gold
  34. Series 3 Episode 6: Tuesday 26th January at 6pm on Drama
  35. Series 5 Episode 3: Wednesday 27th January at 7am on Gold
  36. Series 5 Episode 4: Wednesday 27th January at 9am on Gold
  37. Series 5 Episode 4: Wednesday 27th January at 2:20pm on Gold
  38. Series 5 Episode 4: Wednesday 27th January at 5:40pm on Gold
  39. Series 3 Episode 7: Wednesday 27th January at 6pm on Drama
  40. Series 5 Episode 4: Thursday 28th January at 7am on Gold
  41. Series 5 Episode 5: Thursday 28th January at 9am on Gold
  42. Series 5 Episode 5: Thursday 28th January at 2:20pm on Gold
  43. Series 5 Episode 5: Thursday 28th January at 5:40pm on Gold
  44. Series 3 Episode 8: Thursday 28th January at 6pm on Drama
  45. Series 5 Episode 5: Friday 29th January at 7am on Gold
  46. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 29th January at 9am on Gold
  47. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 29th January at 2:20pm on Gold
  48. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 29th January at 5:40pm on Gold
  49. Series 4 Episode 1: Friday 29th January at 6pm on Drama

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