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Are You Being Served? The Complete Collection Series 1-10 (DVD, 2004, 14-Disc)

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Season: Series 1-10, Complete Series Box Set
Former Rental: No Leading Role: John Inman, Frank Thornton
Release Year: 2004 Actor: John Inman, Frank Thornton
Language: English Region Code: DVD: 1 (US, Canada...)
Edition: Complete Collection UPC: 0794051206329
Format: DVD Rating: NR
Director: Ray Butt, David Croft Genre: Comedy
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This release gathers together all 69 episodes of the classic comedy show from the UK. The stories center around London's Grace Brothers Department Store, and involve the campy misadventures of the staff. The fun begins when principle characters Mr. Grainger (John Inman) and Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) discover they have to work in close proximity to each other. The highly disgruntled Grainger runs the rather uptight men's clothing department, while Slocombe heads up a team selling women's underwear. The clash leads to endless innuendo, and plenty of laughs. The show ran for 13 years on British television, and has become a huge hit on PBS in the USA.

The definitive British sitcom is almost certainly Are You Being Served?, which depicts the squabbles, misadventures, and flirtations of the staff of Grace Brothers department store. The show was originally conceived as a vehicle for an irreverent junior salesman named Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister), but it soon became clear that mocking a social hierarchy isn't half as funny as taking it all too seriously. The show really revolves around Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), whose wildly changing hair color and mercurial moods terrorize the rest of the staff, and cheerful but sly Mr. Humphries (the effervescent John Inman), one of the first gay characters on television treated with dignity--or at least no more indignity than anyone else (the show makes some noise about not being sure if Mr. Humphries is gay or not, but no one in the audience will have any question). But the rest of the cast is superb as well: Frank Thornton as the elegant but leering floorwalker Capt. Peacock, Wendy Richard as the sexy, impish Miss Brahms, Arthur Brough as cantankerous Mr. Grainger (who, sadly, died after the fifth season; other characters took his position on the sales staff, but never quite matched up), and Nicholas Smith as the self-serving but incompetent manager Mr. Rumbold form a comic ensemble that has rarely been equaled.

These characters, written with affection and played with superb comic dash, endlessly jockey for status and salary while simultaneously creating an alternative family (the core structure for any sitcom on either side of the Atlantic). Are You Being Served? deserves its devoted fan base, who will revel in this comprehensive 14-DVD box set (which includes specials about Inman, Sugden, and Richard, as well as other extras)

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UPC 0794051206329

Product Key Features
Format DVD
Genre Comedy
Leading Role John Inman, Mollie Sugden
Director Ray Butt, David Croft
Region Code Region 1
Edition 14 Disc Boxed Set
Rating NR

Additional Product Features
Film Country United Kingdom
Release Date 20040907
Display Format 14 Disc Boxed Set
Number of Discs 14
    • UPC 0794051206329
    • Brand BBC Warner
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