Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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
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
- The complete series as aired from 1990-95 (as previously released as the "Full Bloom" and "Springs Eternal" sets)
- "Funny Women" profile of Patricia Routledge
- The Kitty Monologues
- The Memories of Hyacinth Bucket
- Exclusive "Pebble Mill" interview
- "Second Chance" short
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Hyacinth Bucket (that's pronounced "Bouquet") fancy's herself upper class and well-educated. She is an eccentric, self declared arbiter of the social graces and etiquette. Poor Hyacinth only succeeds in tormenting her henpecked husband, relatives, neighbors and strangers alike with her unsolicited advice and judgement. No one is safe from her imperious nature or her infamous "candlelight suppers". Everyone runs!
Patricia Routledge was a magnificent choice to play the eccentric, social climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket. This is one of the two best, funniest comedies on British television. If you collect comedy. If you appreciate British humor. Keeping Up Appearances will be a jewel in your collection. Great from first episode to last.
I'm not a huge fan of a lot of British comedy, but I ordered "The Full Bouquet" remembering I loved this series years ago; hoping I'd still find it entertaining; and most of all, I hoped my Mom who has suffered a "small" stroke would still enjoy it as extended dialog and complexities within a joke or a plot-line are now difficult for her to follow. My hopes are fulfilled.
Mom and I watch and enjoy this together which is the loveliest thing of all... and which might say something very positive about the wide spectrum audience this show can appeal to. The humor includes a hint of social commentary wrapped neatly within farce, wit, running gags, a delightful ensemble cast, etc.
Patricia Routledge is acclaimed by people far more knowledgeable than I, but I'll chime in anyway. I find her delightfully hilarious in this series. Playing central character, Hyacinth Bucket ("that's BOUQUET!") she can be appreciated as down right amazing even by folks of theatrical laity like me. She's obviously a master at making people laugh - from subtle facial nuance to overt physical comedy... and can anybody deliver a line - or a word - more masterfully than that gal?
Isn't Clive Swift kind of a marvel? playing Richard Bucket as neither shriveling wimp nor Ricky-Ricardo-style antagonist, Clive Swift somehow makes it believable that Richard stays with this wife of his as she trudges him tirelessly through endless adventures and attempts at keeping up appearances - something he seems to care nothing about.
I'm happy I purchased this and would recommend it to anyone who'd like to skip the mean spirited humor; skip the crude and the lewd, and just sit back in some pleasant evenings of smiling, chuckling and laughing.