Are You Being Served?

This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen’s hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock, has daily charge over two small sales teams.

The fat and bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women’s clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman’s side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries, an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly retired Mr. Ernest Grainger and later formerly independent Mr. Grosman while the successive cheeky juniors are Mr. Dick Lucas and Mr. Bert Spooner.

A regular visitor, and the only manual laborer but apparently best paid, is union representative Mr. Mash. Their interaction with each-other and the customers is quite formal in principle, but turns out comical in practice.

Are you being served?, Monday – Friday 7.25pm, on Fox Classics

Season 4
Episode
Date & time
 
2: Top Hat And Tails
 
2: Top Hat And Tails
Thu 11 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Thu 11 June·10:45pm
Rec
1: No Sale
 
1: No Sale
Wed 10 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Wed 10 June·10:55pm
Rec
8: New Look
 
8: New Look
Tue 9 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Tue 9 June·10:40pm
Rec
7: Shoulder To Shoulder
 
7: Shoulder To Shoulder
Mon 8 June·11:20pm
Rec
6: Wedding Bells
 
6: Wedding Bells
Fri 5 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Sat 6 June·12:00am
Rec
5: German Week
 
5: German Week
Thu 4 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Thu 4 June·10:55pm
Rec
4: Cold Store
 
4: Cold Store
Wed 3 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Wed 3 June·11:00pm
Rec
3: Up Captain Peacock
 
3: Up Captain Peacock
Tue 2 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Tue 2 June·11:15pm
Rec
2: Coffee Morning
 
2: Coffee Morning
Mon 1 June·10:50am
Rec
 
 
Mon 1 June·11:50pm
Rec
1: The Hand Of Fate
 
1: The Hand Of Fate
Sat 30 May·1:35am