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The Are You Being Served? Stories: Camping in and Other Fiascos Paperback – May 1997

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kqed Books (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912333022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912333021
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,575,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Mann on 29 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book through and once I picked it up I could not put it down as it was so funny, and is guaranteed to make your sides split. This book includes 7 stories from the public's favourite television comedy series and tells the tales of "Camping In", "The Clock", "Up Captain Peacock", "The Hand Of Fate", "His and Hers", "Coffee Break" and "Wedding Bells". Each story is told only as Jeremy Lloyd can tell it, this book also includes some background information on how the show came to the BBC, how it was a great success and the cast themselves. I would drastically recommend this book to anyone and I would urge you to buy it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
The scripts of several episodes in story form. 13 Jan 2000
By Connie E. Fairchild - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book, as I had expected the author would relate funny stories about things that happened during the filming of the AYBS series. Instead, it is merely the script set into "Mr. Lucas said...." form. If that is what you are looking for, then this is the book for you. The few pictures are the ones we've seen before in other books.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"Weak as Water" 26 Jun 2003
By mwreview - Published on
Format: Paperback
Besides an eleven-page introduction ("AYBS? Then and Now") and two pages on "The Birth of AYBS?," this book only contains scripts in story form from seven early episodes of the long-running Brit comedy. The stories include: "Camping In," "Up Captain Peacock," "Wedding Bells," "His and Hers," "Coffee Break," "The Hand of Fate," and "The Clock." There is also two sets of full color photos from the episodes. Some of the screen shots are not even from the episodes in this book as a couple of the photos have Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Harman whereas the stories have Mr. Grainger and Mr. Mash. There is nothing new or exciting for the fan who already has a few books about the show. If you want to curl up and read these episodes as stories, this is the book for you. I, however, would rather pop in the video.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For Fans Only 3 May 2005
By Shawn P. Cooke - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is not a good introduction to Grace Brothers for the uninitiated. I enjoyed the stories very much, but I had long ago memorized every episode of the BBC series on which they were based. The stories differed in dialogue and small plot points with the episodes on which they were based, and it was those differences that kept me reading.

Are You Being Served was genius because of its writing and the talents of the actors and actresses. In the written medium, only the former comes through, and without the timing of actors' execution, it seems a little wooden. Still, if you can supply their voices in your head, you'll probably enjoy it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A mixed bag but a really cute one... 6 Aug 2003
By T. Reinhardt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book but I do think this could have been more... More insider tid-bits for the die-hard fan...For people who are very familiar with this show it might be nice to have had a more gossip-y book (more like the show public tv puts on about mrs. slocumb)...
It reminds me a bit of the iron chef book. Fun to get but nothing really that the true fan wouldn't already know.
I can see this being an adorable addition to a theme basket with a *tea* theme... teas. tea ball, tea pot, scones and this book. It might be a nice way to intoduce someone to the show or a good book for a very new fan.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lighten up and laugh! 5 Mar 2002
By DONALD G. FOX - Published on
Format: Paperback
Of course, this little book cannot compare to the comedy of the actual BBC series. However, for those short stints on planes and a quick read before sleeping, this book's chapters are a wonderful opportunity to revisit those wacky characters at Grace Brothers. I found myself chuckling and enjoying the nice stories (yes, they are all actually based on plots of individual AYBS? episodes). If it's raving rioutous comedy you are after, this is not the book for you.
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