Are You Being Served? The Complete Collection (Series 1-10) 14 vol
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There's plenty of laughter in store when an unbelievably quirky contingent of sales clerks makes shopping at Grace Brothers the comic experience of a lifetime. For the first time all 69 episodes of this classic Britcom have been gathered together in one deluxe collection. Each episode is presented uncut and has been lovingly restored. Also included are two bonus discs containing over five hours of extra material!Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 794051206329 Manufacturer No: E2063
The definitive British sitcom is almost certainly Are You Being Served?, which depicts the squabbles, misadventures, and flirtations of the staff of Grace Brothers department store. The show was originally conceived as a vehicle for an irreverent junior salesman named Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister), but it soon became clear that mocking a social hierarchy isn't half as funny as taking it all too seriously. The show really revolves around Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), whose wildly changing hair color and mercurial moods terrorize the rest of the staff, and cheerful but sly Mr. Humphries (the effervescent John Inman), one of the first gay characters on television treated with dignity--or at least no more indignity than anyone else (the show makes some noise about not being sure if Mr. Humphries is gay or not, but no one in the audience will have any question). But the rest of the cast is superb as well: Frank Thornton as the elegant but leering floorwalker Capt. Peacock, Wendy Richard as the sexy, impish Miss Brahms, Arthur Brough as cantankerous Mr. Grainger (who, sadly, died after the fifth season; other characters took his position on the sales staff, but never quite matched up), and Nicholas Smith as the self-serving but incompetent manager Mr. Rumbold form a comic ensemble that has rarely been equaled.
These characters, written with affection and played with superb comic dash, endlessly jockey for status and salary while simultaneously creating an alternative family (the core structure for any sitcom on either side of the Atlantic). Are You Being Served? deserves its devoted fan base, who will revel in this comprehensive 14-DVD box set (which includes specials about Inman, Sugden, and Richard, as well as other extras). --Bret Fetzer
- All 69 episodes on 12 discs plus two discs of extras:
- Funny Turns with John Inman
- Funny Women with Mollie Sugden
- A Life in the Box with Wendy Richard
- "Are You Being Confused?"
- "The Best of Are You Being Served"
- Celebrating Mollie Sugden
- "Are You Being Served? Again!" episode one
- "Allo Allo" episode one
- Who's Who, trivia, trailers and more
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The actors all work well together and one can see the chemistry abound. It is no wonder this show aired on BBC for so long and why it continues to captivate viewers here across the pond, years after its end.
This complete collection contains 14 discs that contain all 69 episodes of the series and DVD extras. For those wondering, it does not include the movie or the Christmas special, as the other one for sale on Amazon does, which probably explains the price difference and difference of features between the two. The quality of the DVD's is well done and nothing to complain about.
What originally aired as a B&W pilot and schedule filler turned into a long running comedy of several years. The success of the series was due to its brilliant writing, and the cadre of hand picked, "seasoned" professionals who knew how to embellish a script to fit its characters.
If you watched the series repeatedly over these many decades on Public TV, then you have already fallen in love with it and its characters. I adore good comedy and have a DVD collection of more than 2500 titles. It would not have been complete without Are You Being Served?, and its redux one season series, Are You Being Served? - Again (aka Grace and Favour).
This is simply British comedy at its finest!
My favorite episode is when they get to work in the toy dept. for the day.
The first few episodes lack the clarity of the later episodes, no doubt due to the age of the film. The 4:3 display is at first a disappointment, but then we are talking of vintage series before widescreen TV was even thought about.
If you are a British Comedy aficionado, then you already know about this series, so why haven't you bought it yet. If you are new to British Comedy, jump in now.
I have watched Are You Being Served for years on PBS, but it hasn't been on for quite a while. Now I can watch it whenever I'm "free". I was surprised that I had seen 66 of the episodes on PBS because it was always the same shows over & over.
This cast had such a wonderful chemistry & the situations they find themselves in are so funny Wish my retail jobs had been this entertaining.
Well worth buying. Thank you Amazon.
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