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Are You Being Served? (Classic Britcom)
Posted 30 May 2005 - 04:54 AM
Are You Being Served?
Grace Brothers, a somewhat old-fashioned department store is the setting for this long running farce centred on the staff of the clothing department.
The plots were thin and they could only afford one set and a small cheap office for cutaway scenes, but the jokes kept coming. On the menís side of the department was the camp Mr. Humphries (John Inman) who declared ĎIím freeí whenever a customer needed attention. He worked alongside grouchy Mr. Grainger and the department junior Mr. Lucas.
In charge of the ladiesí cash desk was Mrs. Slocombe with her fluorescent rinses and Miss Brahms played by Wendy Richards who is better known now as Pauline Fowler in EastEnders.
The following cast members are no longer with us: Alfie Bass (Mr. Goldberg), Arthur Brough (Mr. Grainger), Harold Bennett (Young Mr. Grace), Arthur English (Mr. Harman), James Hayter (Mr. Tebbs), Benny Lee (Mr. Klein), Debbie Linden (Old Mr. Grace's Secretary), Larry Martyn (Mr. Mash), Milo Sperber (Mr. Grossman), and Kenneth Waller (Old Mr. Grace). Despite any rumors that you may have heard, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman and Nicholas Smith ARE still living, and doing quite well, actually.[/size]
Posted 30 May 2005 - 05:54 AM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 01:04 PM
It really was risque and it still is to this day.
30 years ahead of its time and then some and contrary to modern opinions there were flamboyant gays on TV longgggg before 'groundbreaker' Will and Grace or whatnot.
Mr.Humphries was downright a flaming mincer before most of these newer celebs were even born.
For some reason the episode / scene that comes to mind is Humphries having to spend the night at Mrs.Slocombes house.
No 'lines' in particular but just the combination of the two characters and the situation still stands out as the most ridiculous or moments on TV history.
Great TV Programme!
Posted 29 November 2005 - 05:49 PM
Posted 02 October 2009 - 12:55 PM
Posted 08 October 2015 - 05:50 PM
I loved this show in its early years. The casting was perfect!
I didn't like the recasts at all. Losing Mr. Grainger and Mr. Lucas really hurt the show. Mr. Humphries was great as part of an ensemble, but not as the leading character.
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