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Keeping Up Appearances


Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet') has become a true icon among viewers on both sides of the Atlantic. First and foremost she is an average middle class woman, married to a local public official, Richard, of a director's assistant in the department of finance. They have a son at 'university' – actually a polytechnic – but he is never seen and only referred to second hand. Yet despite these common facts, she is anything but common. She inflates everything around her, distorting it for all and making them more grandiose than it actually is. More than anything she is ambitious and longing to climb the social ladder and become one of the aristocracy, or ‘connected’ as she has put it. To that end, she often makes the lives of those around her unbearable with her constant insistence on any and all things wholesome, prim, and proper.

The thorn in her side, the 阴 (yin) to her 阳 (yang), and the source of our entertainment is her family. Hardcore 'white trash', complete with unemployment and the ubiquitous wrecked car in the front garden, her family – including her two sisters Rose and Daisy, Daisy’s husband Onslow, and their father, simply known as ‘Daddy’ – really aren't too keen on interacting with Hyacinth as much as Hyacinth isn't too keen on crossing paths with them; however, necessity and happenstance often lead to this clash of social statuses.

Due to the absurdity of her manner, and the unwillingness of those she knows to meet her, people are most often seen avoiding her at all costs, resulting in her need to strong-arm everyone into following her lead. Although all of this goes on right under her nose, she is oblivious, or pretends to be, to the discomfort of those around her.


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Episode Info

Final: S05-Special -- The Pageant (Dec/25/1995)


The Bucket woman is now mobile! Hyacinth has a new mobile phone, which will help her keep track of things as she directs a Christmas pageant. When no one shows up for rehearsals, she must enlist her family to fill in the various roles.
Cast
Patricia RoutledgePatricia Routledge
As Hyacinth Bucket
Clive SwiftClive Swift
As Richard Bucket
Josephine TewsonJosephine Tewson
As Elizabeth
David GriffinDavid Griffin
As Emmet
Geoffrey HughesGeoffrey Hughes
As Onslow
Judy CornwellJudy Cornwell
As Daisy
Mary MillarMary Millar
As Rose (Series 2-5)
Shirley StelfoxShirley Stelfox
As Rose (Series 1)
Jeremy GittinsJeremy Gittins
As Vicar
Marion BarronMarion Barron
As Vicar's Wife

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Recaps
2x1: A Strange Man recap: Hyacinth starts the day with an inspection of her milk bottle, and a nice conversation with the milkman. On her way back inside, while stopping for a quick buff up of the leaves around her door, she spies a man next door, wearing only a towel and humming Bizet’s Les Toreadors, not only catching her by surprise, but also inciting her Puritanical nature to bubble to the surface. She rushes indoors and informs Richard, who seems disinterested and tries to reason with Hyacinth that there’s probably a reasonable explanation, but she’s having none of it... read more.

1x6: The Christening recap: The Christening.. read more.

1x5: Daisy's Toyboy recap: This episode begins with Hyacinth peeping through her windows at the milkman as he’s arriving. She then hurries to get to the door and asks him if his hands are clean. Since he passes her little inspection, she bestows upon him the honour of bringing her an extra yoghurt the following day. As she’s bringing the milk in, she passes Richard in the hallway on his way out, but she stops him. He isn’t properly attired for her liking... read more.

1x4: The Charity Shop recap: The episode begins with the mail being delivered and Hyacinth having her usually difficulties. First, she wants to make sure where her delivered letter comes from because she is weary of the tongues of strangers; and second, she complains because there is nothing from Sheridan. Then Hyacinth sees Richard off to work, and tries to convince him that wearing a bow tie is the key to his next promotion. Then she makes him carry his briefcase although he has nothing to carry. On his way to the car he says good morning to Liz, and she makes her way over to have a small chat, until she sees Hyacinth, who interjects immediately. She reminds Elizabeth that they are working at the charity shop that morning and to be ready at half nine... read more.

1x3: Stately Home recap: Hyacinth and Richard are in their bedroom getting ready to go out when Hyacinth declares she should visit Daddy, because it’s her duty; but Richard doesn’t seem to pleased with that prospect. Then Richard is getting the car ready when he sees Liz from next door and invites her to come for a ride in the country, as ordered by Hyacinth, but she – of course – politely refuses. Then Hyacinth comes out and does the same, but Liz makes an excuse of waiting for her husband’s phone call. Hyacinth wonders, to Richard, if Liz’s marriage is happy... read more.
Crew

Producer: Harold Snoad
Production Designer: Geoff Powell
Editor: David Hambelton (1)
Music: Nick Ingman
Costume Designer: Rita Reekie
Make-up: Martha Livesley
Camera Operator: Bill Dudman
Production Assistant: Susan Lawton
Other: Richard Lindsay, John Corby, Mike Jefferies (1)

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Recurring Guests

David Janson as Postman (8 eps)
George Webb as Daddy (5 eps)
Robert Rawles as Milkman (5 eps)
Anna Dawson as Violet (4 eps)
Eric Carte as Car park attendant (3 eps)
Robert McBain as Committee member (3 eps)
Charmian May as Councillor Nugent (3 eps)
John Evitts as Bruce (3 eps)
Ian Burford as Neighbour (3 eps)
Peter Cellier as The Major (3 eps)

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