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Keeping Up Appearances: The Charity Shop

It's Hyacinth and Liz's turn to volunteer at the charity shop with Councillor Mrs Nugent! But there are a couple of snags: first, Daddy has a new fiancée who refuses to leave the home; and Rose turns up at the charity shop with a special donation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday November 19th, 1990

Director: Harold Snoad
Writer: Roy Clarke (1)

Guest Stars
Charmian MayCharmian May
As Councillor Nugent
Denis BondDenis Bond
As Mr Duxbury's mate
Leo DolanLeo Dolan
As Postman
Gretchen FranklinGretchen Franklin
As Daddy's fiancée
Norman LovettNorman Lovett
As Mr Duxbury


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...

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Episode Quotes
(Hyacinth is examining a letter just handed to her by the postman.) 
Postman: What’s wrong now?
Hyacinth: I never like to handle these things too freely until I have some idea who it’s from.
Postman: Does it matter?
Hyacinth: It matters enormously! Some total stranger may have licked this envelope, not to mention the stamp. There may be some prepared to gamble with their health, but I think a certain reserve is called for against the tongues of strangers.

Cultural References
Onslow: She could make a four for brag.

Brag is card game similar to, but predating, poker. The rules for poker and brag are not the same, so if you're interested, please click here to learn more about the rules of brag.

Visual: Onslow's beer.

Throughout this episode, Onslow is drinking John Smith's Bitter.

Episode References
Hyacinth: (To Rose) I remember you threatened to commit suicide over a Mr Hepplewhite.

Hyacinth is referring to Rose's love affair in the second episode, The New Vicar.

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