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Are You Being Served? - The Complete Series 1-10 & Christmas Specials [DVD] [1972]

Mollie Sugden , John Inman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Wendy Richards, Arthur English
  • Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 2070 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TFS8YI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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 colour 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 series; 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 equalled.

These characters, written with affection and played with superb comic dash, endlessly jockey for status and salary while simultaneously creating an alternative family. Are You Being Served? deserves its devoted fan base, who will revel in this comprehensive box set. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

Product Description

Are You Being Served was broadcast for 13 years, from 1972 to 1985. It was set in the department store, Grace Brothers and was written mainly by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. The idea for the show came from Lloyd's brief period working at Simpson's of Piccadilly in the early 1950s, a clothing store which traded for over 60 years until 1999. Are You Being Served starred Mollie Sudgen, John Inman, Wendy Richards and Arthur English. Welcome to Grace Brothers, an ailing department store where the management are beginning to show signs of wear and the staff are clashing! Featuring all episodes from Series 1 - 10 including the Pilot episode and 5 Christmas Specials, The Complete Package also features over 3 hours of bonus content unique to this collection. With the staff up to their necks in shop floor scandal and shenanigans, prepare for magnificent displays of scheming, high jinks and dressing up as well as the usual impeccable if unconventional service from Mr "I'm Free" Humphries, Mrs Slocombe with the outrageously dyed bouffant hair, nave Miss Brahms, haughty Captain Peacock and the rest of the Grace Brothers staff. Sit back and indulge in hours of endless innuendo, hilarity and mischief with the staff from Grace Brothers department store...


Customer Reviews

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are You Being Served 1-10 22 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
Nice new compact boxset. Not one of the best David Croft comedies but still excellent entertainment. However, I thought I'd write this review mainly to inform everyone what additional features are available in this release, something I was unable to discover anywhere before buying it. Like the original releases, it contains all episodes from Series 1-10, Christmas Specials and the documentary 'Funny Women - Mollie Sugden'.

The new 'Bonus Disc' contains the following:

The Biographical Documentaries,

Funny Turns - John Inman (1999)
Life on the Box - Wendy Richard (2001)
Celebrating Mollie Sugden: An Are You Being Served Special

Compilation show, with linking material with John Inman in character,

The Best of Are You Being Served

And a behind the scenes segment from BBC One's Breakfast Time (1983)

So, a nice collection of extras but no outtakes or the re-coloured pilot episode.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage comedy, to watch over and over again. 22 Aug 2009
By Bart
Format:DVD
I remember watching this series in the seventies. It was great viewing, even in b/w because we didn't have colour. After my nan had bought a colour set I watched it at hers and the first thing that struck me was ms Slocombe's hairdo being differently toned in each episode. We used to place bets as to which shade it would be next week. We're almost thirty years on and AYBS is still one of my favourites. I bought the One To Five box, along with subsequent episodes available on single discs, and I find myself rolling with laughter at the innuendoes and gay puns just as I did when I watched it the first time. I just can't get enough of it. Everyting about the series is dated to the core. The set is old fashioned, the cast's wardrobe is screamingly out of fashion and the way the company - Grace Brothers - is run is a rollercoaster ride to disaster. Instead of selling the merchandise the staff engage itself in pointless meetings, ridicule each other over minor shortcomings, prepare for dances and shows or obstruct sales promotions. In effect hardly any item gets sold over the counters at Grace Brother's. And still the staff expect a full paypacket, hand delivered to them each week. They even consider laying off work for payrises. In spite of it being aged it's still great value to watch, even to this day. The sexual innuendoes and double entendres are unbeatable. Almost every line spoken by characters has an underlying meaning. That's what makes it so worthwile, plus the fact I discover something new everytime I put it on. Another thirty years on I'd probably still be watching AYBS occasionally....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy 21 Oct 2013
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Made us laugh which is more than can be said for most modern day efforts.A real treat to watch this show once more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't grow old 11 Aug 2013
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I remember watching this series as a teenager and loving it. My teenaged son has
now discovered it and absolutely loves it. It is delightful to hear his
laughter as he watches each episode and to be able to revisit some enjoyable
times from my childhood with him.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant entertainment 12 Sep 2008
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Comedy at it's best, the sort you can't get nowadays. It's not allowed. And if you thought that Wendy Richard was just the stodgy old bint in Eastenders, have a look at this . You'll get the shock of your life. The first episode in series one is in black and white, the rest in colour, which will give you an idea of the age of it. But it's lost nothing in the years between. In fact, it's far better than anything labelled as comedy in the last 5 years. One of the best things that will come up your garden path. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Jan 2010
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Wonderfull

I've enjoyed it so much that I need to buy the next compleet series 6-10!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say ? 2 Sep 2013
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Hours of English humor from the 70's and 80's (Dad's Army) When can we get this sense of the silly again????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This series is a British comedy classic, with star performances from Mollie Sugden, (who plays Mrs. Slocombe) and John Inman, (who plays "I'm free!" Mr. Humpfries).

The plots were whacky and wild, but had humour. Recommended.
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