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Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet (1995)

Patricia Routledge , Clive Swift , Harold Snoad  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes
  • Directors: Harold Snoad
  • Format: Closed-captioned, NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 1400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The complete series as aired from 1990-95 (as previously released as the "Full Bloom" and "Springs Eternal" sets)
  • Outtakes
  • "Funny Women" profile of Patricia Routledge
  • The Kitty Monologues
  • The Memories of Hyacinth Bucket
  • Exclusive "Pebble Mill" interview
  • "Second Chance" short

Editorial Reviews

American sitcoms usually have a bland, likable central character who has to cope with obnoxious acquaintances--who usually provide most of the actual comedy. The British smartly put the comic personalities front and center, and Keeping Up Appearances has one of the best: The petty, pretentious, tyrannical Hyacinth Bucket (played by the impressive Patricia Routledge), a dowdy middle-class social climber with a piercing voice and an unshakable faith in herself. Upon learning that her mailman has seven children, she declares disapprovingly, "Quite an achievement when you have to be up so early." Whether she's scheming to invite a minor local celebrity to a garden party or scowling at an enormous dog left in her driveway, Hyacinth terrorizes all around her, particularly her long-suffering husband Richard (Clive Swift), who takes a small delight in subverting her efforts from time to time; her trembling neighbors Elizabeth and Emmett (Josephine Tewson and David Griffin), who scarcely leave their house lest they be invited in to coffee; and her sexually frustrated lower-class sisters Daisy and Rose (Judy Cornwell and Mary Millar) and Daisy's layabout husband Onslow (Geoffrey Hughes), who longs to be left in peace to eat chips and watch the races. Though Americans aren't as class-conscious as the Brits, snobbery is universal, and Keeping Up Appearances has developed an appreciative cult following on this side of the Atlantic. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

This gift set encompasses series one through five as well as all the specials and EC in one complete set. Tireless social climber Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet' of course) puts her best foot forward and takes her bow in this wildly popular high-class comedy.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 794051202529

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410 of 415 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a Candlelight Supper December 30, 2004
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Fans of Keeping Up Appearances cannot be without The Full Bouquet; especially those who are "socially less fortunate" and need the lessons from England's expert on social etiquette, Hyacinth, Bouquet. Every episode is included in this set which is beautifully packaged in the most tasteful manner deserving of a glass of the "Dowager Lady Ursula's homemade gooseberry wine." It also offers holiday specials and lots of extras including Routledge's monologues as "Kitty" on Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV in the early 1980s (definitely a precursor to Hyacinth) which are waaaay too British for me to comprehend. Brit Comedy fans also get a guest appearance by Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas). Here's what you get:

1. My Way or the Hyacinth Way with the following episodes: "The Name is Bouquet: B-U-C-K-E-T," "Welcoming the Dishy Vicar," "Visiting the Acquaintance's Stately Home," "A Fate Worse Than Serenity," "Our Daisy and Her Boy Toy," "How to Manage a Family Christening" (my personal favorite where Hyacinth's niece Stephanie is having her baby christened but does not know which of her two hippy companions is the father). Bonuses: Outtakes (bloopers), Cast bios.

2. Hints from Hyacinth with the following episodes: "A Strange Man" (Emmet's debut), "Driving Mrs. Fortescue," "Candlelight Supper," "Golfing with the Major," "The Googley-Eyed Register. Bonuses: Outtakes (bloopers) and cast bios.

3. Home is Where the Hyacinth Is: "Cocktails with a Greek Shipping Millionaire," "The Unfortunate Prospect of Early Retirement," "Playthings for Daddy," "Three Piece Suite," "Picnic for Daddy." Bonuses: "Funny Woman" profile of Patricia Routledge, outtakes (bloopers), cast bios.

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227 of 228 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you really want to know... July 11, 2008
By Howie
This official name of this re-release is "Keeping up Appearances: The Full Bouquet Special Edition". Based on images of the set it appears to be in either slim-pack cases or a digi-pack design. This set contains the same 8 disks as the original "Full Bouquet" set along with the special "Keeping up Appearances: Life Lessons from Onslow" added as the 9th disk. The Onslow special is available separately so you don't need to double-dip for this title if you already own the first set.

Here are the Special Features (which are the same as on the original release):
"Four Women" profile of Patricia Routledge
The Kitty Monologues
Second Chance Shorts: Exclusive UK commercial featuring Hyacinth and Elizabeth
Pebble Mill interview with Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift
The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket
"Extra Footage" interviews from the cast
Comedy Connection
Children in Need
Cast Biographies

This is a wonderful series from the BBC about everyone's favorite social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet"). Her house is spick-and-span. Richard, her long-suffering and hen-pecked husband, keeps the car in immaculate condition (under Hyacinth's every-watchful eye). The empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. To Hyacinth's horror and shame, most of her family is dead common, living together in a rundown house that looks like a junkyard. Sister Daisy and her husband, Onslow, are out-and-out slobs while another other sister, Rose, is an aging tart, and Daddy is not quite "all there".
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181 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Boxed Set of the Entire Run of the Show! October 11, 2004
I have always loved this show and was very happy to see it when it was originally released on DVD. It has truly paved the way to BBC Television for me, making me truly appeciate good British humour. However, the show was released in two box sets and I couldn't decide which to get: I had rented from my library all of the Hyacith in Full Bloom DVD's and a few of the Hyacith Springs Eternal. On the one hand, I had already watched the first one but on the other, I wanted to start at the beginning to get the entire series. Well, now I can just buy the full set! I can't wait to see all Eight DVDs lined up together: It should look rather impressive! Plus, the other sets were up to 79.99 a piece; that's 159.98 all together! So this box actually saves you nearly 50.00! I truly can't explain the happiness it brings to my heart to see the complete series in its great, snobbery glory. Enjoy and don't hesitate for even in a moment in your decison of purchase, Buy it-You won't be dissapointed!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Hyacinth January 12, 2009
What a super collection! Pure delight! With these episodes, one can watch any one at any time, as the episodes do not depend upon previous ones for their story line. I have one caveat for purchasers wanting the full spectrum; if you buy this set, do not buy "Deck the Halls with Hyacinth"; this (very funny) Christmas DVD is included! buy it and give it to a friend!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
If you are a fan of British comedy you are certain to recognize the name Hyacinth Bucket. This show premiered in 1990 and the original VHS tapes were very expensive and difficult to come by, thereby keeping it out of reach of the average customer. This set, which for me was a surprise gift ordered from Amazon, is a marvelous value. Purchasing individual seasons can be costly, especially when you add in the postage. The color in this series is excellent, the sound clear, and the packaging makes it easy to store. Each DVD is in its individual, hard plastic casing. The entire set is set up so you can turn these cases like a book easily finding your episodes.

There is no booklet with this set, but the cast of characters and the history of the series is readily found on the Internet. The only "major" change to the cast was that of Rose. Shirley Stelfox played her on season one and the subsequent four seasons were played by Mary Millar. If you want British comedy at its best, you'll be looking at this affordable set. Whether you favorite character is Hyacinth, Richard, Daisy, Onslow, Rose, or even Bruce you'll have hours of fun with this series. Which is your favorite episode?

Volume 1
"My Way or the Hyacinth Way"

The Name is Bouquet: B-U-C-K-E-T
Welcoming the Dish Vicar
Visiting an Acquaintance's Stately Home
A Fate Worse Than Senility
Our Daisy and Her Toy Boy
How to Manage a Family Christening
Plus Outtakes

Volume 2
"Hints from Hyacinth"

A Strange Man
Driving Mrs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every delectable episode (except for "Life Lessons from Onslow")
With over 360 reviews to its name (most of them positive, I might add!), I will try to summarize my remarks to a few brief observations here instead of making a "critical" review. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kathy-W
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hilarious watching Hyacinth Bucket try to raise her social...
If you're a fan of british comedy, Keeping Up Appearances will have you laughing until you cry! Trying to climb the social ladder has never been so funny! Makes a great gift.
Published 1 month ago by superheroine
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up Appearances: The Full Bouquet
I absolutely adore this show! I brought it to my mom's place in Denver CO. I'm sorry that I didn't bring it back with me. I am lucky to be able to DVR it on TV for now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane E Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me in stitches
I never heard of this sitcom until I was bored one afternoon and stopped and watched this on our public television station. The main character (Hyacinth) is a hoot!
Published 1 month ago by wlthlla
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Up Appearances
This collection has made me quite the big shot among my lady friends, who adore this series also! If I invite them for sandwiches and a video, they come running.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy D Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet
Patricia Routledge plays the most annoying woman in the world (as "housewives" go). Clive Swift is her husband. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
I have watched this series on Knowledge Network and find it highly entertaining. A very funny series. Never get tired of watching it.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Cragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Hyacinthe is a most unusual woman!!
I'm nearly finished with this series--British humor is so much fun! Hyacinthe is a one-of-a-kind individual and you can't help but laugh at some of the adventures she and her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Comedy !
English Comedy was something I had never seen before but after watching one show and I was hooked.

I love the humor and all the characters in Keeping Up Appearances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cammie wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars laughed so hard
Mrs Bucket (bouquet) has me rolling on the ground. I think I laughed so hard that tears came rolling down my face. A must buy for comedies. You will love it.
Published 2 months ago by ohema
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