Are You Being Served

Jay

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What's people's view on this?

I've watched a few episodes of the original and some are funny while others to me are not great. It seems to have been big back in the day
 

RickAns

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I found it very funny. Liked the characters and the shenanigans they got up to. Even enjoyed the spin off they did.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Liked early series but scripts grew tired and predictable , the loss of Arthur Brough and Trevor Bannister characters were a bitter blow and all the replacements they used never reached the heights of those earlier episodes.
 

Barrychuckle

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I agree with CC, the early episodes were very good, the ones at the end were very poor indeed, a perfect example of not knowing when a series has passed it's sell by date. The spin off Grace & Favour or Are You Being Served Again as it was branded in the US is not too bad, it's quite sweet and gentle and worth a watch. I'm not sure if others agree but the AYBS film I felt was excruciatingly bad.
 

RickAns

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Did not know they had made a film as well. Just looked it up and watched the trailer. The video was not the best quality but it looked like Manuel from Fawlty Towers was in there. Also the guy who ran the apartments from Don't Drink the Water. Seems like the writers tried a bit too hard to make the movie funny.
 

Barrychuckle

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Did not know they had made a film as well. Just looked it up and watched the trailer. The video was not the best quality but it looked like Manuel from Fawlty Towers was in there. Also the guy who ran the apartments from Don't Drink the Water. Seems like the writers tried a bit too hard to make the movie funny.
It was par for the course for most 70's sitcoms to make a spin off film for some reason, On The Buses had a couple, Bless This House, Steptoe & Son.... I'm guessing it was all about making money but I can't think of any which were of any decent quality. Perhaps some of the more enlightened members can explain why there used to be so may spin off films as you rarely see them today.
 

Moonraker

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Are You Being Served was so very popular. I liked all the characters. Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock) went on to star in LOTSW, however, I haven't watched the episodes with him in the series. I will get the opportunity, now that I have the box set.
The film Are You Being Served is actually well made with a good story line. Like most spin-off films, the jokes are from the series.
 

wstol

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As indicated, the first five series were brilliant.

The film is good too, although it seems more like an extended TV episode because 99% of it was shot inside a studio. Good fun though.
 

Electrical Entwistle

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Nicholas Smith as the Vicar who is kidnapped by Barry in Last of the Summer Wine was great. I found that character had more depth than the Rumbold character he portrayed in AYBS. Would have liked to see Nicholas in more Summer Wine as a regular.
 

RickAns

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Think I will see the movie of AYBS if I ever get the chance. Just to watch the old crew again in something I have not seen. I did enjoy the On the Buses films. Yes, unfortunately like most movie afterthoughts the gags would be rehashed from the series. Par for the course I guess.

@Moonraker, I think Frank Thornton made a great character as Herbert 'Truly of the yard' Truelove in LotSW and hope you enjoy him in the series. If you ever watched the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers and his house keeper Cato (Burt Kwouk) also plays a great character in LotSW as 'Electrical' Entwistle. A character I find as very similar to the younger, more mischievous Clegg in the earlier seasons of the show. I mention him because he is in the show roughly in the same time frame as Frank - so you may not have seen him yet.

Speaking of Electrical, I agree Nicholas Smith as the vicar was a really good character. He would have made a nice return character. As Rumbold he did have some nice secretaries helping him about the office. ;)
 

Barrychuckle

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Think I will see the movie of AYBS if I ever get the chance. Just to watch the old crew again in something I have not seen. I did enjoy the On the Buses films. Yes, unfortunately like most movie afterthoughts the gags would be rehashed from the series. Par for the course I guess.

@Moonraker, I think Frank Thornton made a great character as Herbert 'Truly of the yard' Truelove in LotSW and hope you enjoy him in the series. If you ever watched the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers and his house keeper Cato (Burt Kwouk) also plays a great character in LotSW as 'Electrical' Entwistle. A character I find as very similar to the younger, more mischievous Clegg in the earlier seasons of the show. I mention him because he is in the show roughly in the same time frame as Frank - so you may not have seen him yet.

Speaking of Electrical, I agree Nicholas Smith as the vicar was a really good character. He would have made a nice return character. As Rumbold he did have some nice secretaries helping him about the office. ;)
If you've ever seen Don't Drink The Water, imagine that for 2 hours and you have the the AYBS film!
 
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