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5.0 out of 5 stars The most factual book on offer to any AYBS fan.
Without a doubt, this is a true insider's guide to the fabulous sitcom.
It was the first time I used Amazon and was pleasantly surprised - it arrived within 7 days and I even received an e-mail from them to confirm the dispatch. Very impressive!
The book itself is extremely useful - full of fascinating facts. I love the cast summaries and the episode ratings...
Published on 3 Oct 1999 by peter84@tesco.net

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
As I am a great fan of the series, I ought to have this book. Well written and filled with lots of facts.
Well illustrated with a lot of pictures.
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Bart M.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The most factual book on offer to any AYBS fan., 3 Oct 1999
This review is from: Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's... (Paperback)
Without a doubt, this is a true insider's guide to the fabulous sitcom.
It was the first time I used Amazon and was pleasantly surprised - it arrived within 7 days and I even received an e-mail from them to confirm the dispatch. Very impressive!
The book itself is extremely useful - full of fascinating facts. I love the cast summaries and the episode ratings system - something other AYBS books don't offer. The jewel in the crown however are the two interviews with Jeremy Lloyd and director Bob Spiers and 'The Spin-Off's section whihc includes excellent info re: Grace and Favour as well as the Australian version complete with episode guide (I didn't know it existed before this book!).
In short, a MUST for all AYBS fans - particularly those living outside the US like me, where in UK for sure, the book is not available.
Get your hands on a copy NOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great behind-the-scenes synopsis of the Best British Comedy!, 14 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's... (Paperback)
This book contains interviews with all the cast with a guide to all 69 episodes of the series, including: Why Trevor Bannister left the show, How John Inman got that walk! and Why Mollie Sugden turned to colored wigs.
This book is "All that with a bag of chips" especially the inside scoops that you find along the margins!
Happy reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew everything and found out I missed ALOT!, 10 Sep 1997
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This review is from: Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's... (Paperback)
To tell the truth when I ordered the book I was not expecting much. I figured it was just a book thrown together to help raise money for PBS stations, and I was COMPLETLY WRONG! The pictures alone are priceless and the behind the scenes info is great. It also features a list of the Cast's carrer highlights (very informative & complete) so you can see what other FILMS, T.V series and theater projects the cast was involved in. A trivia section had me scratching my head and the season by season episode guide (with ratings) is indespensible for fans. As I said before the pictures are great and the overall look of the book is incredible. Worth every cent a must buy for AYBS fans. The Q&A with Jeremy Loyd gives great insight on how characters were originally developed and then taken over by the actors. Want to know what department store AYBS is modeled after??? It is in this book and a picture of it is included. As I said before I was overjoyed with the content and look of this book. GREAT STUFF!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will ride up with wear!, 28 May 1996
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"Are You Being Served" is a mainstay at most PBS stations, and for good reason--it is one of their most popular shows! Even though it has been a decade since the show ended, "Are You Being Served?" still leaves people howling with laughter in front of their tellies. This book is the must-have companion to the series, if you are at all interested in the stories behind each episode, the backgrounds of the cast and crew, and a "where are they now?" piece on everyone. The book also includes information on the less successful spinoffs and the feature film. Has that British lingo got you confused? Not to worry--this book also features a glossary of British words and phrases which will help you enjoy the badinage between the characters even more. By the way, some PBS stations are giving this book away as their free gift to you when you donate money to them, and they have claimed that this book is not available anywhere else! Well, it's available at amazon.com (what isn't?)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great source of information, 15 Mar 2014
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The book is a great source of information for a programme now sadly long gone from out TV screens. It's written from an American prospective ( as the programme was a great hit in the USA ) and offers in depth information and interviews.....well worth the money paid !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are You Being Served ?, 26 Jan 2014
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This "inside story" will be of great interest and fascination to fans of this wonderful series which even though it is now in a past era still rates as top comedy. Reading the various snippets arouses sadness that most are now not with us but it also makes the repeat showings even more intersting and fun to watch. Lots of great photographs too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read., 3 Feb 2013
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Classic comedy that sadly never seems to get a repeat anymore. This book goes behind the scenes and reveals some great stories. A must have for any fan of the show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!, 16 Feb 2012
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As I am a great fan of the series, I ought to have this book. Well written and filled with lots of facts.
Well illustrated with a lot of pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, 14 Nov 1998
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I didn't know what to expect when I got this book....I was pleasantly surprised..it has priceless pictures of all the cast. It's a great memorial for cast members that are no longer with us.The book is very informative and answers just about any questions you may have had about the cast members and the show. Mrs. Slocum, Mr. Humpries, Mr. Peacock and all the others, I feel as though I know them personally now!! This is a must for any "Being Served?" fan.
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