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Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest--And Public Television's Favorite--Comedy Series
Illustrated with scores of photographs from the program, a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the making of the popular PBS-TV series includes synopses of all episodes, trivia, and interviews with the actors. Original. 30,000 first printing. TV tie-in. IP.
A book which serves fans of the show very well
- March 17, 2000
_Are You Being Served?_ is arguably the only British comedy show outside of _Monty Python_ which has shown up on every state's public broadcasting channel. Yet, despite this wider-than-usual American market penetration, the show is obscure to even careful viewers. Why did Mr. Lucas suddenly depart the show? What happened to Mr. Grainger? Are more episodes of the revival show of the staff in retirement forthcoming? Why did the show go through so many Senior Assistants on the men's counter? This book answers all these questions--and dozens more. Its exceptionally well-designed pages--reminiscent of a Grace Brother's shopping bag--lead you through the beginnings of the show, give a detailed episode guide, and provide lots of behind-the-scenes information and interviews. One of the things I particularly enjoyed was the inclusion about the suprising number of other versions of the show. It was a treat learning there was actually a movie made from the show (and, yes,... read more
To Rigelsford et al--You've all done very well!
By Daniel J. Hamlow
- July 24, 2002
This might as well be Round About Everything You Wanted To Know About Are You Being Served?. Why write about a TV series? With the exception of soap operas, a TV series that goes on for the good part of a decade isn't something to brush aside lightly, especially in the UK, with its limited, government-subsidized budgets given to the BBC. Are You Being Served? began with a pilot episode in 1972, then as a series in itself, lasting from 1973 to 1985. 12 years and 10 seasons wasn't that bad for a British TV series--look at Doctor Who and 'Allo 'Allo.The inspiration is the most important thing--without it, there wouldn't have been a show. Leave it to Jeremy Lloyd, one of the co-creators, to work two years at Simpson's department store and get canned for selling drinks on the floor on a hot day! Two years and he came up with this much output? I've been working four years in the same place; what can I come up with?For each regular character, there is a description, followed by a short... read more
- February 1, 2001
'AYBS?' has many of the distinctions that make it a notable TV show. It boasts both a black-and-white episode (the pilot) and a 'lost' episode. It's been made into a feature film and a stage play. There's a spinoff series, 'Are You Being Served? Again', known as 'Grace and Favour' in the UK. An Australian version of the series was produced, as well as a pilot for an American rendition that never saw release. These little factoids and many other things are in the book for the fan's reference. Also given are very brief synopses of the episodes, as well as mini-bios of the show's main characters and the actors who portray them. There's Mrs. Slocombe's (Molly Sugden) discussions about her... pet cat, Capt. Peacock's (Frank Thornton) marital woes, the biting wit of Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister), and other details. Then there's John Inman and his effeminate and flamboyant portrayal of Mr. Humphries, the quintessential "campy over-the-top allegedly gay" character. A... read more
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