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Keeping Up Appearances 

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Patricia Routledge ...  Hyacinth 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Judy Cornwell ...  Daisy 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Geoffrey Hughes ...  Onslow 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Clive Swift ...  Richard 44 episodes, 1990-1995
Josephine Tewson ...  Elizabeth 43 episodes, 1990-1995
Mary Millar ...  Rose 38 episodes, 1991-1995
David Griffin ...  Emmet 37 episodes, 1991-1995
Jeremy Gittins ...  Michael the Vicar 19 episodes, 1990-1995
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Storyline

Hyacinth Bucket (whose name she insists is pronounced "bouquet") continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, though she's wedged on a rung just below her sister Violet (whose house has a swimming pool, sauna, and room for a pony) and just above her working class sisters Daisy and Rose. Hyacinth's passion for flawless entertaining unnerves her neighbor Elizabeth, who is often invited to the Bucket home for coffee. Elizabeth's divorced brother Emmet, who also lives next door to the Buckets, tries to avoid Hyacinth because she breaks into song in his presence in the hope he'll cast her in one of his "little theater" musical productions. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

29 October 1990 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(1 episode) | (1 episode) | (42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Stelfox played Rose when the show first started in 1990. See more »

Goofs

In most episodes following the introduction of Emmet, he is frequently seen to stare out the side living room window of Elizabeth's house at the assorted goings-on next-door at Hyacinth's. However, all exterior shots of the house clearly show that there are no windows on that side of this room. See more »

Quotes

Hyacinth: If my Sheridan were here he'd be appalled!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see a table set for a posh dinner. When all credits have been shown, Hyacinth is shown rearranging a fork and a spoon and then putting a name plate on the table. As the camera zooms in on it, you can see that it reads Harold Snoad and the words "Produced & Directed by" appear above it (plus a copyright notice below it). See more »

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Referenced in Come Dine with Me: Torbay: David (2009) See more »

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mighty british comedy !!!
17 December 2003 | by lior_survivorSee all my reviews

when i first saw keeping up appearances i thought it was funny, nice and delight, but after a couple of episodes i was amazed by the great actors such as hyacinth, richard, onslow, rose and daisy. they are just funny and perfect for their characters....

5 seasons 5 years of pure comedy the best of britain...


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