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Are You Being Served?, Vol. 1 (2002)

Mollie Sugden , John Inman  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith
  • Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Are You Being Served?, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Episodes: Dear Sexy Knickers, Our Figures Are Slipping, Camping In. The incredibly popular misadventures of the Grace Brothers department store begin with three classic episodes: Dear Sexy Knickers, Our Figures Are Slipping, and Camping In.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To "knee" or not to "knee" January 2, 2004
This volume is not as solid as volume 2 of the AYBS? set, but it still represents some of the best AYBS? episodes. It starts with the b&w pilot episode that has the ladies department moving onto the floor that has belonged exclusively to the gents ready-made department for the last 25 years. Such intrusion creates much tension between the two sides in the first few episodes but, as the staff get used to each other, the problem is not brought up as much and, after Mr. Grainger leaves, is no longer a problem. Mr. Lucas plays a bigger role in these early episodes (Trevor Bannister having second billing to Mollie Sugden) with Mr. Humphries playing more comedy relief. John Inman will, of course, become the main star of the show later on.
After the ladies move in, Mr. Lucas has his eye on Miss Brahms in "Dear Sexy Knickers." This is the famous episode where the "kneeing" trousers trick is introduced. When trousers and ladies underwear are down, the staff must discuss sale ideas after hours in "Our Figures Are Slipping." In "Camping In," the staff is stranded due to a transport strike and must spend the night in tents in the department. The best part of this episode is when Mrs. Slocombe tells Capt. Peacock that her inflatable mattress takes "puff after puff after puff" and Mr. Humphries peaks out from his tent to ask, "Can I help anybody?" Classic!. The gents and ladies finally ban together to take on an outside perfume saleswomen who is intruding on their sales in "His and Hers." Finally, in "Diamonds...," a customer offers a big reward for the recovery of a diamond she lost in the store and it appears every staff member finds it. The menu pages are very creative with rotating photos of Mrs. Slocombe. A lift conductor's voice even takes you to each episode! Of course, every fan will eventually want the entire 2 sets of this hilarious series, so go buy them now!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Are you free?" February 17, 2004
If the answer to the question most asked in this series is yes, then watching this hilarious British sit-com about the "misadventures" of a group of salesmen in Grace's Brothers department store is as good a choice as any. This DVD includes the series' pilot, in black and white, and the first five episodes of the series, all in color. During the first two or three episodes most of the jokes are based on double-entendres and in a few cases the authors seem to go as far as overkill. Nevertheless, in the last couple of episodes in this set, the approach changes, and while maintaining the characteristic mentioned, other humorous concepts surface.
The main attraction of this sit-com is its characters, they conform a colorful array of personalities and each has his/her own very distinctive appearance. Mr. Lucas is the junior salesman in the men's department, who has a hard time closing sales, is always on the verge of being fired and has a libido that never ceases to pop up. Mr. Humphries is always picking on Mr. Lucas and always knows the best way to "fix" things for their customers. He knows all the tricks in the business and is clearly attracted by his same gender. Mr. Grainger is the head of the men's department; he is a prude who is shocked frequently by the acts of his two underlings. In the women's department, which shares the same floor with the men's, there are two employees, Mrs. Slocombe who is the one in charge and her subordinate Miss. Brahms. Mrs. Slocombe is the typical middle-aged divorced lady, extremely willing to get involved with any worthy candidate for her affection. She brings in variety through her hair color, which is different in each episode. Miss. Brahms is the "sexy chick", who is always preyed upon by the male personnel, excluding Mr.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of British humour July 23, 2002
The passing years have not taken the shine from this great British sitcom. Set in a department store in the 1970's (the fashions add to the fun), it features the combined staff of the ladies and gentlemens clothing departments. Many of the comedy situations come from the interactions of these varied and often eccentric characters. The usual situation involves various ploys by the management to try to increase the profitibility of the department and the hilarious results which occur when the staff attempt to put these ideas into practice. While occasionally mildly risque (by '70s standards anyway) it could be enjoyed by almost anyone without too much offence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best British Sitcoms February 10, 2003
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This is one of the funniest TV shows I have ever seen. Each episode just keeps the halarity going. I have been hooked on this show since I was in high school seeing it on PBS, and even my parents (who are in there sixties) roar that the situations the members of the ladies and gentlemen ready made departments get themselves into. I love this show and this DVD has some of the best. You also will find that some of the jokes you missed from laughing so hard the first time, you catch the second, third, or more times you see it. I recommened this sitcom, and I plan to collect all the collection of DVDs. This will start your romp into British comedies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff November 19, 2003
As a Britt I have seen the episodes on sky T.V. and although they were funny didn't know that the pilot was actually a never before seen episode thinking it was the one where the ladies and gents have to share counter space (which is why I wrote this review). Although in black and white and without the bells and whistles it was one of the best I have seen, as you get to see the young Mr. Lucas learning the ropes from Mr. Humphreys. The cast are much friendlier than on latter episodes but the freshness of when Mr. Lucas First sees `Young Mr. Grace' is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
It is terrible that we can't get the DVD on region 2 but most players over here can be made to play region 1 disks. Although inquiring into when a set may be releases by the BBC led me round and round the same email addresses, I suppose it makes the series more valuable having to wait a few weeks for them to come.
All in all I think this is a great purchase and I am definitely going to buy the whole collection one by one. Sorry there is no detailed episode guide but I'm too busy watching the disk :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars all time classic
What more can I say about this amazing all time classic BBC production! Everyone here is full of praises for this show. There is nothing more I can say beyond that.
Published 3 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars being served - alwasy great for a laugh
It's been years since I was able to catch these on Public TV. I had never seen the pilot (B&W) and it's been great to view the other early episodes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kinseyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
Got this for my dad for Christmas and he started watching it that day! He really really loved his gift.
Published 3 months ago by Fabiola Philippe
5.0 out of 5 stars plenty of laughs.
no this series is NOT for everyone. It is not modern 'pc' compliant. But it is still funny BBC humor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ANDREW RUPP
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE BRITISH COMDEY
Published 7 months ago by MS. SYLVIA HENDRIX
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This first season will leave you with a smile on your face and possibly tears down your face from laughing so hard! British Comedy at it's finest!
Published 8 months ago by M. Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great sitcom
I saw this when I was MUCH younger, when I was in elementary school. i fell in love with it back then, and when I got older I couldn't remember the name of it! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Vol 1
The staff of Are You Being Served are showcased in this volume of the popular British TV series, I can watch these episodes over and over!
Published 13 months ago by PantherAdam0125
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you being served Vol 1
If you enjoy British sitcom and Humor, you
will enjoy all of the vols of "Are you
being Served". Recommend it for all Brit
Published 13 months ago by SEABEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I enjoy this series. It is a great comedy that I had remembered from PBS years ago. It was well worth the purchase. It has given me hours of entertainment.
Published 14 months ago by M. McCaul
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