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?

Are You Being Served? (1972)

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1972 - 1985
  • 69 episodes (10 series)

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. Stars Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith and more.

  • Pilot, Episode 1 repeated Thursday at 9:20am on Gold
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 3,339

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Series 4 - The Father Christmas Affair

With the new automated Father Christmas robot a disaster, the staff decide to audition for the role - and accompanying bonus. Meanwhile, Mr. Grainger has a new act to prepare for the old folks.


Mrs. Slocombe has purple hair in this episode.

Mammy sung by Danny Street.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th December 1976
30 minutes

Cast & crew

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 English Mr Beverly Harman
Arthur Brough Mr Ernest Grainger
Harold Bennett Young Mr. Grace
Penny Irving Miss Bakewell
Guest cast
Doremy Vernon Diana (Canteen Manageress)
Jeanne Mockford Customer
Donald Waugh Boy
Writing team
Jeremy Lloyd Writer
David Croft Writer
Production team
Ray Butt Director
David Croft Producer
Christine Ruscoe Production Designer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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