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Keeping Up Appearances - Hyacinth Springs Eternal Set (Vol. 5-8)

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Tireless social climber Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet," of course) returns for the final 3 seasons of this hilariously classy comedy of manners. This 4-disc set includes the complete third, fourth and fifth seasons (including 9 episodes never before released) as well as "The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket", outtakes and interviews with the cast.

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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. The boxed set Hyacinth Springs Eternal contains the third, fourth, and fifth series; but Hyacinth lives in a bizarrely unchanging universe, so you can start with any episode and soon be caught up in her titanic struggle to be the envy of her peers. --Bret Fetzer


Special Features

  • 4-disc set contains the complete final three seasons (25 episodes)
  • Outtakes & bloopers
  • "The Memoirs of Hyancinth Bucket"
  • Pebble Mill interview with Patrica Routledge and Clive Swift
  • "Second Chance Short"

Product Details

  • Actors: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Josephine Tewson
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG49C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Keeping Up Appearances - Hyacinth Springs Eternal Set (Vol. 5-8)" on IMDb

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By M. Hart on April 18, 2004
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"Keeping Up Appearances" was a 44-episode, British TV sitcom that ran for five seasons between 1990 and 1995, with several specials filmed through 1997. The show's primary character was Hyancinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), who always pronounced her last name as 'Bouquet' to make it sound as impressive as possible. She was obsessed with making her family appear as affluent and upper class as possible, which involved keeping her home immaculately clean and bragging to everyone about any new acquisition. While Hyancinth believes that she is admired and well respected by her piers, the reality is that no one wants anything to do with her. Her husband, Richard Bucket (Clive Swift), does not share Hyacinth's obsession, but he accommodates her as best as he can. Unfortunately for Hyacinth, her various plans to improve their station in life are often sidetracked by issues from her less affluent sisters or her senile father. The people that are most intimidated by Hyacinth are her next-door neighbor Elizabeth Hawksworth Warden (Josephine Tewson) and her brother Emmet Hawksworth (David Griffin, who appeared in the second season onward). The local church vicar, Michael (Jeremy Gittins), and his wife (played by Marion Barron) also try to avoid Hyacinth as much as possible.
Hyacinth's three sisters live to varying degrees of affluence. Daisy (Judy Cornwell) and her blue-collar husband Onslow (Geoffrey Hughes) live in a row house that is in dire need of repair, with a wrecked car parked out front and an unkempt interior. Hyancinth's unmarried sister Rose (played by Shirley Stelfox in 1990 and Mary Millar between 1991 and 1995) lives with Daisy and Onslow and enjoys spending time with many men to the chagrin of Hyancinth.
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"I'm Often Mistaken for Aristocracy." This episode title sums up the central problem of Hyacinth's life. Through some ironic twist of fate, she was born to the wrong set and must bend all her efforts to correcting the error.

Her ever-suffering husband Richard is cashiered into early retirement from his job as a minor local bureaucrat. But in Hyacinth's delusional world, his invitation to the Queen's annual garden party for retiring senior government officials has gone inexplicably missing, and she sets out to track it down.

She is an undiscovered chanteuse who is finally accorded her long-overdue chance when a minor local musical director moves in next door. The facts that her singing can knock cats off garbage cans and that her neighbor lives in virtual hiding to avoid her are completely lost on Hyacinth, who simply cannot abide the injustice of depriving the world -- or at least her church socials -- of the joys of her caterwauling.

She may not be able to afford the "right" trips, but she can certainly see to it that she is seen picking up the right brochures. And she was born to host elegant candlelight dinners on her Royal Doulton china with blue periwinkles. The fact that no one ever accepts the invitations is no reason to cease going on about them endlessly.

And her sisters and brother-in-law! In this assemblage of some of the screen's most loveable louts one comes face to face with the ultimate futility of Hyancinth's quest to rise above it all. It's pure physics. No one could ever escape this much gravity.

This is comedy in the disturbing vein of Carol Burnett's notoriously dysfunctional "Mama's Family". And, like the Harper family's, Hyacinth's hijinks are hilarious . . .
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Well done for the great and wonderfull DVD collection. I have bought both sets namely Hyacinth in full bloom and Hyacinth springs eternal, I cherished all the films with great amusement and laugh. I suggest this series to everybody who likes British comedy at its best. However and may I be subject to correction, Where is the episode THE ROLLS ROYCE which I assumed is in series five? I don't know the answer why its lacking and I think its a great pity not having it in my set, perhaps someone could anser my question. But all in all great series great crystal clear dvd and very good sound as well. Buy all I recommend.
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Love it. Have watched each show over and over. Love the characters and enjoy seeing residential and country side areas in England. Love the British accents. This show helps he laugh at the ridiculous side of life for the different classes in England and the lengths' the main character will go to achieve aristocratic acceptance.
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I used to watch this on PBS with my mother back in the day. As I understand it, it's still running in select markets, and for good reason, it's highly entertaining! I used to love the time spent with my family as a kid whilst watching this show, sitting down and enjoying the cheeky comedy provided. It was a lot of fun in fact, and rewatching it brings back a flood of good memories. So obviously my opinion is colored because of that, but it really is a lot of fun to watch it! It's silly though, really silly. This is my absolute favorite season. Check it out, I dare you. In fact I triple dog dare you.
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