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

Keeping Up Appearances

BBC One sitcom about a social snob. 44 episodes (5 series), 1990 - 1995. Stars Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell and others.

Series 2, Episode 9 is repeated on Yesterday on Thursday at 10pm.

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

Keeping Up Appearances

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket devotes her time to monitoring 'standards' and attempting to impress 'influential' people

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1990 - 1995
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
44   (5 series), plus 1 Children In Need special
Starring
Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson, Shirley Stelfox, Mary Millar, Jeremy Gittins and others
Writer
Roy Clarke
Director
Harold Snoad
Producer
Harold Snoad

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...

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