Keeping Up Appearances
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Enjoy every episode of this perennial hit, now remastered with picture quality as colorful as a fresh picked bouquet. In addition to new interviews with Patricia Routledge, Roy Clarke, and others, the collection comes with exclusive Keeping Up Appearances seeds and plant tags so you can grow your own bouquet. Climbing the social ladder takes you to hilarious new heights in the company of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet”). Pandemonium breaks out no matter how meticulously Hyacinth plans her social events. With more laughs than ever before, this new collectors edition is the ultimate anthology for fans of Hyacinth. As Hyacinth would say, “get it before the neighbors do!”
"Funny Women" profile of Patricia Routledge
The Kitty Monologues
Second Chance Short: Exclusive UK commercial featuring Hyacinth and Elizabeth
Pebble Mill interview with Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift
The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket
Interviews with Patricia Routledge and Judy Cornwell
Comedy Connections - Keeping Up Appearances
Life Lessons with Onslow
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Her sisters are named Rose, Violet and Dasiy and Daisy is married to Onslow who is a real piece of work. His idea of dressing up is wearing a stained sleeveless T-shirt and carrying a beer around all day long. Rose is just crazy and man hungry for anyone. She will steal your husband in a heartbeat. Daisy is sweet but she has to put up with her husband Onslow. Hyacinth's father is a womanizer and perhaps more than a bit crazy. He has been known to be seen out riding a bicycle naked and chasing a woman down the street.
Violet is wealthy and married to a rich man but her marriage is an unhappy one. Her husband has some real issues in the cross dressing side of life. Hyacinth thinks of her family as a black sheep family and tries to defend and hide them from the public and her friends. She is proud that Violet is rich and she likes that she, at least, has a small link to the wealthy. Poor Richard Bucket is Hyacinth's husband and he has the patience of Job. He makes a good counterbalance to Hyacinth.
What is funny is that every time Hyacinth sets up a plan to rub elbows with the elite or plans a special event her misfit family shows up and ruins it for her. It is hilarious!
This is a great series and it comes beautifully packaged in a burlap bag type of material with packets of flower seeds with the photos of Rose, Violet and Daisy on them. There is also included three plant stakes with the photos of Hyacinth, Richard and Daisy/Onslow on them. I put together a brief video of the packaging and a brief discussion of what is on the discs. I hope it is helpful to you. The series is long and it is on 10 discs. Overall it is 22 hours and 50 minutes of comedy enjoyment. It is presented in 4:3 video format and the discs do have subtitles included. I like that as I sometimes have difficulty understanding the British accent or slang. I could expand the screen size on my 60 inch TV to cover the entire screen and the quality was good.
Here are the contents of the disc:
1. Season 1
2. Season 2, episodes 1 to 5
3. Season 2 episodes 6 to 10
4. Season 3
5. Season 4
6. Season 5 episodes 1 to 5
7. Season 5 episodes 6 to 10
8. Christmas specials
9. Bonus Bucket
10. Bonus Bucket
Disks 1 through 7 also include outtakes.
This is an excellent season and well worth watching. It is a classic on English humor and one the top shows of the BBC sitcoms. I rated it as a 5 star item.
I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.
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Name: Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
Location: Olliergues, France
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It's a comedy. So you must laugh and you will laugh and with Mrs. Hyacinth Bucket, pronounced bouquet, you shall laugh. That's a request, a demand, an order in one word. So they took very clear characters both socially and mentally, and they knit them together into a real bouquet of flowers, Hyacinth, Violet, Daisy and Rose. The first one is married to Richard, a top local government official who is submissive and flexible and has transformed their home's bathroom into his reading room. She is the tyrant who does not give a suggestion that is not an order, who does not order you around but command the rising of the sun and the shining of the moon.
Violet could have been the same, and she too married at the top of the middle class, with a Mercedes, a swimming pool and room for a pony or two, but her husband, Bruce, is no Richard. So it is a constant chase after divorce in the very sickening way of never getting it to be running after it all the time and forever.
Daisy is a social marginal woman who married sentimentally a man, Onslow, who is a social marginal case living on society, not because he is handicapped or uneducated or even uneducatable, but because he is just one of these slobs who just want to live their life slouching in front of a TV only wasting some energy to go bet on horses, and nowadays they don't even need to go out because they can bet on-line since the Internet is a basic need for everyone, isn't it?
The last one, Rose, is a pathetic woman who only lives in order to fall in love, that is to say to yield to her desires and appeals just in order to break every love affair, if possible with married men, to see it dying in order to chase after another prey, to hunt another game, to fall in love to her own desires and appeals one more time in order then to see it dying. There is no possible empathy for such a woman since her own desire is to constantly run around and around this cycle in the shape of a vicious circle with super short skirts and open neck shirts, or other light chest and breast embracing skimpy pieces of clothing.
You have to add the son of these poor mismatched and yet perfect couple Richard and Hyacinth, a certain, oh by the way what is his name since we did not see him once, isn't it Sheridan, who is in college forever and has just dropped mathematics for a sewing needlepoint class and who does not run after girls because he is too young, so says his mother. And that mother does not seem to wonder why he only has boy friends, I mean friends who are boys or men, which is, according to his mother, good, you know why, because it keeps him safe away from girls for whom he is definitely too young, will be too young till he is too old for anything at all.
But then it is a British, what's more BBC, comedy. So there must be two neighbors, a woman whose husband is living thousands of miles away and her brother who just got divorced. And of course there must be a vicar, Anglican if possible, and his wife and you have it all. We will have no plumber, but a postman and a milkman, a few cops and the father of this bouquet of flowers who is losing his head completely and believes he is still fighting against the Germans.
Such comedies are so perfect that you cannot hesitate to laugh and laugh, again, encore and again still, episode after episode. But in the end you will wonder if there is any abstract value, any higher dimension. You may think your life partner is like one of these characters, or you might think you are like one of these characters, and then you might wonder if that is cathartic or not, if that may liberate you or not. Don't wonder. You will waste your time. It is nothing but a comedy.
A cruel comedy though since episode after episode Mrs. Bucket, pronounced bouquet, is falling down into ever deeper failures, ever nastier tricks devised by life. You can be sure she could not cross the street but be run over by a bus, or go to the seaside but get drowned in a pool of dirty water on the embankment, the promenade des Anglais along the gravelly beach in Nice. She luckily does not go to foreign countries, at least practically never beyond Jersey and the Queen Elizabeth 2, otherwise she might really end up badly, like eaten up by the continental cannibals after slow cooking in a cast iron pot simmering on an open camp fire, soaking in a mixture of mayonnaise and mustard, and probably on Les Champs Elysées in Paris under the Arch of Triumph or on Unter den Linden in Berlin under the Brandenburg Gate.
But well the series does not stop really, only symbolically since at the end of the last Christmas Special she will meet with her demise and Richard will get the order that if she dies he has to make sure Onslow puts a tie on for her funeral. Good bye lady and do not lie in the flower beds for too long. It is more comfortable under the flowers.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU