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Pilot, Episode 1 - Are You Being Served?

Trouble is afoot when the Ladies' Department and Gentlemen's Outfitting are told they must share the same floor.

Notes

This episode was lost, and later recovered as a black and white telerecording. An innovative digital restoration process was utilised in 2008 to recover the episode's colour.

The re-colourised pilot was broadcast by BBC Two as part of an evening of Are You Being Served?-related programming on New Year's Day 2010.

Mrs. Slocombe has natural greying-golden hair in this episode.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 8th September 1972
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

  1. Monday 24th January 2022 at 8:00am on Gold
  2. Monday 24th January 2022 at 12:40pm on Gold
  3. Monday 24th January 2022 at 6:00pm on Gold

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 25th March 2015 1:00pm BBC2 Scot
Wednesday 25th March 2015 3:45pm BBC2
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 6:40pm Drama
Monday 30th April 2018 2:20pm Drama
Monday 30th April 2018 6:40pm Drama
Tuesday 8th May 2018 12:20pm Gold
Tuesday 8th May 2018 5:00pm Gold
Saturday 12th May 2018 11:30am Gold
Sunday 13th May 2018 9:40am Gold
Saturday 26th May 2018 9:50am Gold
Saturday 26th May 2018 3:00pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 1:20pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 6:00pm Gold
Thursday 28th May 2020 9:55am Gold
Thursday 28th May 2020 1:50pm Gold
Thursday 28th May 2020 5:40pm Gold
Friday 13th November 2020 9:20am Gold
Friday 13th November 2020 3:20pm Gold
Friday 13th November 2020 6:00pm Gold
Monday 4th January 2021 6:00pm Drama
Thursday 10th June 2021 9:20am Gold
Thursday 10th June 2021 2:00pm Gold
Thursday 10th June 2021 6:00pm Gold
Monday 3rd January 2022 6:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

Cast
Mollie Sugden Mrs. Betty Slocombe
Frank Thornton Captain Stephen Peacock
John Inman Mr. Wilberforce Humphries
Wendy Richard Miss Shirley Brahms
Nicholas Smith Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold
Trevor Bannister Mr. Dick Lucas
Arthur Brough Mr. Ernest Grainger
Harold Bennett Young Mr. Grace
Larry Martyn Mr. Mash
Guest cast
Michael Knowles Customer
Stephanie Gathercole Secretary
Writing team
Jeremy Lloyd Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
David Croft Director
David Croft Producer
James Bould Production Designer

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