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 5, Episode 5 is repeated on Gold tomorrow 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 5 Episode 5: Tomorrow at 9:40am on Gold
  2. Series 5 Episode 5: Tomorrow at 1:40pm on Gold
  3. Series 5 Episode 5: Tomorrow at 5:40pm on Gold
  4. Series 5 Episode 6: Thursday at 9:40am on Gold
  5. Series 5 Episode 6: Thursday at 1:40pm on Gold
  6. Series 5 Episode 6: Thursday at 5:40pm on Gold
  7. Series 5 Episode 7: Friday at 9:40am on Gold
  8. Series 5 Episode 7: Friday at 1:40pm on Gold
  9. Series 5 Episode 7: Friday at 5:40pm on Gold
  10. Series 5 Episode 7: Saturday at 8:35am on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 6 Episode 1: Monday at 9:55am on Gold
  12. Series 6 Episode 1: Monday at 2pm on Gold
  13. Series 6 Episode 1: Monday at 6pm on Gold
  14. Series 6 Episode 2: Tuesday 14th July at 9am on Gold
  15. Series 6 Episode 2: Tuesday 14th July at 12:20pm on Gold
  16. Series 6 Episode 2: Tuesday 14th July at 5:30pm on Gold
  17. Series 6 Episode 3: Wednesday 15th July at 9:20am on Gold
  18. Series 6 Episode 3: Wednesday 15th July at 12:40pm on Gold
  19. Series 6 Episode 3: Wednesday 15th July at 5:20pm on Gold
  20. Series 6 Episode 4: Thursday 16th July at 9:30am on Gold
  21. Series 6 Episode 4: Thursday 16th July at 12:50pm on Gold
  22. Series 6 Episode 4: Thursday 16th July at 4:50pm on Gold
  23. Series 6 Episode 5: Friday 17th July at 10am on Gold
  24. Series 6 Episode 5: Friday 17th July at 1:20pm on Gold
  25. Series 6 Episode 5: Friday 17th July at 5:20pm on Gold
  26. Series 6 Episode 6: Monday 20th July at 9:25am on Gold
  27. Series 6 Episode 6: Monday 20th July at 2pm on Gold
  28. Series 6 Episode 6: Monday 20th July at 6pm on Gold
  29. Series 7 Episode 1: Tuesday 21st July at 10am on Gold
  30. Series 7 Episode 1: Tuesday 21st July at 2pm on Gold
  31. Series 7 Episode 1: Tuesday 21st July at 6pm on Gold
  32. Series 7 Episode 2: Wednesday 22nd July at 10am on Gold
  33. Series 7 Episode 2: Wednesday 22nd July at 2pm on Gold
  34. Series 7 Episode 2: Wednesday 22nd July at 6pm on Gold
  35. Series 7 Episode 3: Thursday 23rd July at 10am on Gold
  36. Series 7 Episode 3: Thursday 23rd July at 2pm on Gold
  37. Series 7 Episode 3: Thursday 23rd July at 6pm on Gold
  38. Series 7 Episode 4: Friday 24th July at 10am on Gold
  39. Series 7 Episode 4: Friday 24th July at 2pm on Gold
  40. Series 7 Episode 4: Friday 24th July at 6pm on Gold

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