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.

Trivia

Based on his experience working at Piccadilly department store Simpson, Jeremy Lloyd's original pilot script about a gentlemen's outfitters was entitled Fun In Store.

Although generally established as 'Humphries', the spelling of Mr. Humphries's (John Inman) surname is given as 'Humphreys' in the final episode of Series 1, Diamonds Are A Man's Best Friend, with a character named as 'Mr. Humphreys Friend'.

Mr. Lucas's Christian name is given in early series as James, but he is later and more consistently referred to as Dick (Richard) Lucas.

In Series 4 Episode 5, Fifty Years On, Mrs. Slocombe celebrates her 46th birthday.

Although there are references to other floors, the Ladies' Intimate Apparel and Men's Ready To Wear departments are most consistently referred to as being on Grace Bros. fourth floor.

The branch of Grace Bros. depicted in the show is said to be "on the High Street", with other references only pinpointing its location as somewhere in north London.

Jeremy Lloyd was fired from Simpson of Piccadilly in 1948, after being found selling soft drinks in the fitting rooms at the height of summer.

Grace Bros. was named after Grey Brothers, a shop inherited by the father of a friend of David Croft.