British Comedy Guide

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 10 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 3am


The term "Hyacinth Bucket Syndrome" was coined during the late 2000s/early 2010s recession, referring to "the middle-class desire to keep pre-recessionary appearances at any case".

Source: Schott's Almanac 2010

No episode titles were publicised at the time of original broadcast. Those given in our guide are taken from British DVD releases.

A number of informal short Keeping Up Appearances sketches were recorded through the programme's run. In one, on Saturday night entertainment show Noel's House Party, Mr Blobby paid a visit to the Buckets.

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