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 Liz, Emmet, Daisy, Onslow, Richard, Rose, Hyacinth

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Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) is the queen of snobs. Obsessed by perfection, image, etiquette and breeding, she makes people’s existence a total nightmare. She doesn't ive for herself but lives to be seen and does everything in her power

 
 

to give the right impression to the upper social classes. She never misses an opportunity to mention her sister Violet who owes a villa with room for swimming pool and pony but dreads being seen around the derelict council house of her slobbish tattooed brother in law Onslow. In her mission  to  civilize and educate the socially less fortunate,  she controls people, interferes in everyone’s life and bring chaos everywhere she goes. Her three younger sisters Violet, Daisy and Rose, her neighbours Elizabeth and Emmet or even her postman and milkman all fear her and wonder how her first victim poor husband Richard copes.

 

Keeping up appearances”, very much like “Fawlty Towers”, is a portrait of a British society ruled by social classes. It is a joke about class embarrassment, about a small obsessive world where some determined snobbish characters desperately try to climb the social ladder. This comedy shows again that greeting situations with derision is one of the strengths of the great legendary British sense of humour we love.

 

Brilliantly performed by hilarious Patricial Routledge, Hyacinth Bucket is one of the numerous snob antiheroes seen in British comedies. Clive Swift, Josephine Tewson, David Griffin, Judy Cornwell, Geoffrey Hughes, Shirley Stelfox, Mary Millar, Jeremy Gittins and Marion Barron also deliver a great performance and give each character an inimitable charm.

 

Written by Roy Clarke, the 45 episodes of Keeping up appearances were broadcasted between 1990 and 1995 on BBC and were a great success.  The  British  sitcom  was even a bigger hit in the USA and Australia where more special programmes, videos and DVDs were released. It also captivated a huge audience in more that 45 countries. In 2004, the sitcom reached position 12 in the countdown of the 100 best British comedies competition closed to “Father Ted”,“Allo allo” and Roy Clarke's “last of the summer wine” and "Open all hours".

 
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                     Geoffrey Hughes on stage in Absolutely Frank

 

 

 

 

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