Keeping Up Appearances. Image shows from L to R: Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), Richard Bucket (Clive Swift). Copyright: BBC
Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1990 - 1995
  • 44 episodes (5 series)

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket devotes her time to monitoring standards and attempting to impress influential people. Stars Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson and more.

Keeping Up Appearances. Image shows from L to R: Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), Richard Bucket (Clive Swift). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1990 - 1995
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
44 (5 series), plus 1 Children In Need special
Stars
Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson, David Griffin, Shirley Stelfox, Mary Millar and more
Writers
Roy Clarke and Christopher Bond
Director
Harold Snoad
Producer
Harold Snoad
Companies

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet') aims to impress. A rare, principled bastion standing against slovenly behaviour, lowering standards, and anything deemed cheap or common, this very middle-class woman has aspirations - and delusions - of splendid grandeur.

Hyacinth's hen-pecked husband, Richard, keeps his head down and does his best to cope with her highly-strung, demanding ways, whilst next-door neighbour brother-and-sister duo Elizabeth and Emmet frequently find themselves on the receiving end of her uncompromising approach to the finer things in life.

As far as Hyacinth is concerned, the less said about her 'wayward' sisters Rose and Daisy - and particularly the latter's slobbish husband, Onslow - the better! She loves them dearly, but they're not really her sort of people...

Additional details

Also known as
  • KUA (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 29th October 1990 at 8:30pm on BBC One
Next repeats
  1. Series 2, Episode 10: Today at 7:30am on Gold
  2. Series 3, Episode 1: Today at 10:40am on Gold
  3. Series 3, Episode 1: Today at 2:40pm on Gold
  4. Series 3, Episode 1: Today at 5:20pm on Drama
  5. Series 3, Episode 1: Today at 5:20pm on Gold
  6. Series 2, Episode 2: Today at 8pm on BBC4
  7. Series 3, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 2:25am on Drama
  8. Series 3, Episode 1: Tomorrow at 7:30am on Gold
  9. Series 3, Episode 2: Tomorrow at 10:40am on Gold
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Coventry
  • BBC Television Centre

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