“ Genre: Television - Are You Being Served? / Director: Bob Spiers, David Croft, Gordon Elsbury, Jeremy Lloyd, John Kilby / Actors: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith ... / DVD released 2003-09-30 at BBC Warner / Features of the DVD: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC „
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Are You Being Served? is one of those classic british comedies based on double entendres and tongue in cheek Britishness. It is set in a department store and takes place in the everyday lives of the employees of Grace brothers. The characters are lovable and believable from the stiff upper lip of the floor manager to the overly camp John Inman as a member of staff in mens clothing. His catchphrase of "I'm free" has been called countless times throughout the world and is a much loved element of British comedy culture.
The staff in the women's department were Mollie Sugden and Wendy Richards (before becoming Pauline Fowler in Eastenders). Wendy Richards added an element of a young and vibrant, although a little naive, women. Compared to Mollie Sugden's character as a prim and proper lady who was always telling anyone who would listen about her "pussy", who was her cat of course. This play on words ensured Are You Being Served? a place as comedy genius.
The innocence portrayed by these characters, without having to resort to crude and shocking comedy was telling of the time. This genre of comedy is currently experiencing a revival as good family comedy.
If you liked the comedies of the era, or just want to experience a truly hilarious show then this set is a snip at the price.