Are you being served?
Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend
April 18, 1973
Even after they think they've found the diamond, some of them pretend to keep looking just for the sake of appearance. It turns out that the same day, several artificial stones had fallen off of a shipment of beaded dresses that was just received.
The innuendo-laden comedy, Are You Being Served? is a British Sitcom that ran from 1972-1985. It was set in the Ladies' and Gentlemen's clothing departments of London's Grace Brothers Department Store.
Mrs Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), who had a different hair color every week, was the head of Ladies' with Miss Brahms (Wendy Richard) as her assistant. The mainstay at the Gentlemen's counter was the flambouyant Mr. Humphries (John Inman).
Over the duration of the series, others who worked alongside Mr. Humphries came and went, including senior assistant, Mr. Grainger (Arthur Brough), and junior, Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister).
Snooty floorwalker was Captain Peacock (Frank Thornton). and the head of the department was Mr. Rumbold (Nicholas Smith). 'Young' Mr. Grace (Harold Bennett) is the store's owner. Mr. Mash (Larry Martyn) worked in Maintenance.
A send-up of the British class system was often an undertext of the interactions between the characters. The show spawned catch phrases, particularly "Are you free?" primarily asked by Capt Peacock. Staff members, were often free, meaning available to wait on a customer.
A spin-off series called Grace and Favour came out in 1992, though in the U.S, it was named Are You Being Served? Again! The show lives on in reruns on many PBS stations throughout the US.
A DVD set, Are You Being Served? The Complete Collection, is available at Amazon.com and elsewhere.
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