Are You Being Served?

BBC (ended 1985)




Episode Guide

    • German Week
      German Week
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Grace Brothers hosts a week long sales event by selling only German goods. The staff, however, finds that the German customers they are getting only want British goods. Captain Peacock objects to the "uniform" he's expected to wear and Mrs. Slocombe gets into the German wines.
    • Forward Mr. Grainger
      Forward Mr. Grainger
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      When Mr. Grainger is selected to fill in for Mr. Rumbold while he is away; the staff wonders whether they should take advantage of Mr. Grainger's good nature, only to discover to their horror that he doesn't have one when he sacks Mrs. Slocombe.
    • A Change Is as Good as a Rest
      A Change Is as Good as a Rest
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      When Mr. Grace announces that he plans on temporarily reorganizing the departments, the staff are indignant, but find that work can be a lot of fun...if you're working in the toy department.
    • Cold Comfort
      Cold Comfort
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      A fuel shortage grips the country and Grace Brothers, so the store's furnaces are shut down for the day. The staff is freezing and soon developes unique ways to keep warm.
    • Mrs. Slocombe Expects
      Mrs. Slocombe Expects
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      The staff has kittens when Mrs. Slocombe announces she's expecting a happy event, but it turns out that it's merely her cat that's pregnant; when she refuses to leave Tiddles unattended, she braves the ire of Captain Peacock by smuggling the cat into the ladies' fitting room.
    • The Apartment
      The Apartment
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      By permission of Mr. Grace, Mrs. Slocombe moves into a display apartment in Grace Brothers, because her new home is occupied by squatters. Due to a transport strike, Mr. Humphries seeks to join her in her new accommodations.
    • Do You Take This Man?
      Do You Take This Man?
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      Mrs. Slocombe thinks she's finally got her man, a bouzouki player in a Greek restaurant. The staff plans a reception at the store to help keep costs down, and her American uncle plans on giving the happy couple a house. Before they can leave for the church, however, the best man arrives with bad news, forcing Mr. Tebbs to don the garb of a Greek vicar and Mr. Humphries that of the bridegroom.moreless
    • Oh What a Tangled Web
      Oh What a Tangled Web
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Rumors fly when Captain Peacock gets too friendly with Mr. Rumbold's secretary at the Christmas party, and things get really out-of-hand when it seems they might have spent the night together.
    • Dear Sexy Knickers
      Dear Sexy Knickers
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Mr. Lucas attempts to send Miss Brahms a love letter suggesting an after-work "get it together". Confusion on who sent the letter and to whom it was intended sets the stage for a lot of misunderstanding. There's also the customers to contend with and Mr. Lucas has a devil of a time fitting them into clothing.moreless
    • It Pays to Advertise
      It Pays to Advertise
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      The staff stars in a TV commercial for Grace Brothers, produced by Mr. Humphries. Could Mr. Grace's cheapness be the reason for using his staff in such fashion?
    • Wedding Bells
      Wedding Bells
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Naughty sayings on her underwear push Mrs. Slocombe to the brink of giving her notice, but then it's discovered that Old Mr. Grace plans to ask a member of the staff to marry him. When he calls for Mrs. Slocombe, everyone assumes she's the one.
    • Coffee Morning
      Coffee Morning
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Mr. Grainger is 5 minutes late coming back from his coffee break and this sets in motion a management scheme to monitor all breaks. The staff must sign in and sign out when they leave and return to the department. The department staff revolt and union action is taken
    • Camping In
      Camping In
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      A transport strike leaves the staff stranded at the store, so Young Mr. Grace offers to let them spend the night on the floor. Tents are set up, but Mr. Lucas has trouble keeping his up. A "campfire" sing along leads to talk of the last World War and the experiences some of them had.moreless
    • Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person
      Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      Mrs. Slocombe temporarily takes the place of Mr. Rumbold, who has taken ill . She discovers the life of a manager isn't all it's cracked up to be.
    • Take-Over
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      The staff prevents another firm's hostile takeover of Grace Brothers by impersonating the shareholders. Mr. Harman gives a rousing speech, and Grace Brothers is saved.
    • Fifty Years On
      Fifty Years On
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      After Mrs. Slocombe starts dropping hints that it's her birthday, the staff calculates that she is 50 and plan an appropriate party.
    • Hoorah for the Holidays
      Hoorah for the Holidays
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      The Store's redecoration plans threaten to interfere in the staff's vacations. Everyone is now expected to take the same two weeks off and there's disagreements on how to handle it. Grace Brother's Tour Group Company offers some package deals, but they are far from First Class.
    • The Club
      The Club
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Young Mr. Grace invites his workers to form a social club - in a dismal cellar badly in need of decoration. Undeterred, the staff tackles the paint and paper job with vigor.
    • His and Hers
      His and Hers
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Mr. Grainger's trousers are missing, along with the central display. The staff learns that the space was freed up for the "His & Hers" fragrance display. Mrs. Slocombe is outraged that they want her to take down her underwear and put perfume there in its place. The glamorous salesgirl causes stirrings in the trouser department. When it's discovered that free stockings and ties are given out with every scent purchase, both departments formulate a plan to oust the intruder.moreless
    • The Clock
      The Clock
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      It's Mr. Grainger's 37th anniversary at Grace Brothers and the Department hosts a celebration dinner for him. It's a time of happiness, and dread, for if he receives a cuckoo clock then it means he's to be retired.
    • Are You Being Served?
      A reorganization within the store forces the staff of the Gentlemen's Ready-To-Wear Department to share their floor space with the Ladies Department. Mrs. Slocombe, head of the Ladies, and Mr. Grainger, head of the Gents, immediately come to loggerheads over control of the center floor display. Mr. Grainger refuses to take down his trousers and put Mrs. Slocombe's underwear in its place. Undaunted, she goes over his head to Captain Peacock, and then to Mr. Rumbold.moreless
    • Founder's Day
      Founder's Day
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      To celebrate Mr. Grace's 80th birthday, the staff organizes This is Your Department, a spoof of "This is Your Life".
    • Conduct Unbecoming
      Conduct Unbecoming
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      Mr. Humphries is accused of stealing and his distinguished career could end in disgrace.
    • Strong Stuff, This Insurance
      Strong Stuff, This Insurance
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      The staff must take physicals to get insurance. Listening through the door of Mr. Grace's office, they hear Mr. Harman describing the state of the furniture, which they misunderstand as being the results of their physicals.
    • Big Brother
      Big Brother
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      There's trouble afoot at Grace Brothers! Someone's been lifting Mrs. Slocombe's skirts and putting their hands in Mr. Grainger's drawers. Shoplifting has struck the store and Mr. Rumbold installs a store detective and a video surveillance system. It goes off track for awhile, as Mr. Rumbold turns into a voyeur and the staff acts like they're on television. Ultimately, the staff decides to do in the scheme and preys on Mr. Rumbolds hypochondria to accomplish it.moreless
    • A Bliss Girl
      A Bliss Girl
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      A new display of perfume arrives from Bliss, but there is no Bliss Girl to man the counter. Mrs. Slocombe refuses the position, so Mr. Humphries becomes the Bliss Girl for the day.
    • The Think Tank
      The Think Tank
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Sales are falling once again and so Mr. Rumbold calls together a "think tank", a suggestion he "borrowed" from Captain Peacock. The staff decides that a fashion show would be the answer, but when Young Mr. Grace won't cough up the dough to hire proper models, the staff is forced to put on the show themselves.moreless
    • Christmas Crackers
      Christmas Crackers
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Mr. Grace has an idea to improve Christmas sales--all the staff are to wear novelty costumes, much to their annoyance.
    • Our Figures Are Slipping
      Our Figures Are Slipping
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      The Department sales figures have taken a dive and so Mr. Rumbold decides to convene a sales conference amongst the staff. Since the meeting is taking place after hours and off the clock, no one is very motivated to provide any solutions. If something isn't done, someone might lose their job, and that someone is clearly Mr. Lucas.moreless
    • Cold Store
      Cold Store
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Illnesses strike the Department, and Mr. Lucas decides to fake his to get the day off. His plan backfires as he is assigned to the Ladies Counter as a sort of "quarantine".
    • Sit Out
      Sit Out
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      The staff goes on strike after being threatened with a pay cut or being moved to the bargain basement. They stage a protest on the roof which is interrupted by a fire.
    • Fire Practice
      Fire Practice
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      After finding that Grace Brothers' fire precautions leave a lot to be desired, Mr. Harman helps out training the staff in fire preparedness and a fireman gives Mr. Humphries a lift.
    • The Old Order Changes
      The Old Order Changes
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Young Mr. Grace returns from a trip to the U.S. with a host of new sales techniques that he is eager to implement.
    • Shoulder to Shoulder
      Shoulder to Shoulder
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      The Ladies Department is temporarily closed due to refurbishing, so Mrs. Slocombe and Miss Brahms are given counter space over in the Gents. However, the men aren't very happy at having to share their area and do their best to make them unwelcome.
    • The Erotic Dreams of Mrs. Slocombe
      Mrs. Slocombe has dreams in which she and Mr. Humphries become romantically embroiled. When she attempts to turn fantasy into reality, the situation becomes most difficult to handle.
    • No Sale
      No Sale
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      When Mr. Grace decides to open the store early, the staff sets out to sabotage the new policy.
    • Top Hat and Tails
      Top Hat and Tails
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Mr. Humphries' background as a dance instructor is called upon when the Ladies' and Gents' Wear departments form a team to compete in the inter-store ballroom dancing competition.
    • New Look
      New Look
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      An after-hours staff meeting produces an idea to introduce background music and a recorded voice; the only question is--whose voice?
    • By Appointment
      By Appointment
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      The staff prepares for a visit by the Queen. The visit is abruptly ended when Mrs. Slocombe accidentally pushes a flower pot out the window, nearly hitting the Royal Couple.
    • Up Captain Peacock
      Up Captain Peacock
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Captain Peacock is celebrating his 20th year at Grace Brothers, and while his request for a raise has been turned down, he has been given a key to the Executive Washroom and the privilege of eating in the Executive Dining Room. He lords this over the department staff and Mr Grainger decides to make some trouble.moreless
    • The Hand of Fate
      The Hand of Fate
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Mr. Humphries begins displaying his ability to read palms and tell the future. He sees that Captain Peacock will soon be "climbing the ladder and wearing a new hat". Everyone takes this to mean a promotion, especially now that there's a vacancy on the Board of Directors and Mr. Rumbold is in line for it. Captain Peacock expects to take Mr. Rumbold's job. The department staff soon all imagine moving up.moreless
    • Goodbye Mr. Grainger
      Goodbye Mr. Grainger
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Mr. Grainger's temper has become extremely short. The staff, in a private meeting with Mr. Rumbold, decides he must go. However, when he wins the lottery, his bad mood vanishes and he makes his peace with the staff and stays on.
    • The Hold Up
      The Hold Up
      Season 10 - Episode 3
      When the store is robbed late one night, the staff is determined to capture the burglars themselves.
    • Shedding the Load
      Shedding the Load
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Sales figures are down; profits are low. Young Mr. Grace is forced to make some economies. The threat of redundancies is looming. Someone is going to have to go - but who is it to be?
    • Anything You Can Do
      Anything You Can Do
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      The standard of the canteen food of Grace Brothers is rapidly going from bad to worse. After confronting the catering workers with their complaints, the staff is told to get on with the food preparation on their own.
    • The Agent
      The Agent
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      Mr. Goldberg runs an agency to get the staff better jobs. After Captain Peacock and Mr. Rumbold become aware of this, Mr. Humphries and Mrs. Slocombe are given raises, and decide to stay with the store.
    • The Junior
      The Junior
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Mr. Goldberg is hired as a junior after having recently run his own small tailoring business. To Captain Peacock's chagrin, the staff learns that Mr. Goldberg had served under the Captain but recalls those army days differently.
    • The Night Club
      The Night Club
      Season 10 - Episode 5
      When Old Mr. Grace decides to allow the staff to use the store for after-hours money-making, they decide to open a nightclub. However, the advertising campaign has some rather unexpected results.
    • Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe
      Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      Mrs. Slocombe is forcibly retired from her position. Mr. Rumbold and Captain Peacock try to get her job back, but they are retired in the same manner. They end the show as the cleaner and the lift operator.
    • The Pop Star
      The Pop Star
      Season 10 - Episode 7
      This episode we find Mr. Spooner is about to be discovered by a record company. One problem is that his voice keeps giving out. Mr. Humphries gives him a tonic and he recoveres for a little while. While auditioning on tv with Grace Brothers Staff, his voice gives out.
    • Memories Are Made of This
      Memories Are Made of This
      Season 9 - Episode 3
      When the handsome golf pro from Sports comes to the floor for a demonstration, he accidentally hits Mrs. Slocombe. She then thinks she's a little girl, wreaking havoc on the store as she cavorts around the department.
    • The Father Christmas Affair
      The Father Christmas Affair
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      When the mechanical Father Christmas proves that it can't be trusted, Mr. Grace offers a bonus for one of the staff to portray the store Santa. Meanwhile, Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas attempt to help Mr. Grainger prepare for a song-and-dance show at an old-folks' home.
    • Closed Circuit
      Closed Circuit
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      Grace Brothers has decided to enter the video age and display advertisements on closed circuit television throughout the store. Meanwhile, there is a new face in Menswear.
    • Friends and Neighbours
      Friends and Neighbours
      Season 10 - Episode 6
      When traveling to and from work becomes difficult, the staff threatens to resign unless they receive a travel allowance. Old Mr. Grace offers them the empty apartments on the top floor as living space, but they soon discover cohabitation isn't what it's cracked up to be.
    • The Punch and Judy Affair
      The Punch and Judy Affair
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      When the staff of the Ladies' and Gents' departments don't participate in a strike, relations between them and the rest of the store's employees become understandably bitter. In order to improve the mood, the staff presents a life-size Punch and Judy show for the other employees' children.
    • Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend
      Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      It's pay day at Grace Brothers and the staff realizes that their money just doesn't go very far. An opportunity for a bonus arises when a customer loses a diamond and offers a 100-pound reward. Greed gets the better of everyone, except Mr. Grainger, and soon they're conspiring behind each others backs. Mr. Mash throws a wrench in the search after he damages a jeweled dress, causing a multitude of "diamonds" within the department.moreless
    • Happy Returns
      Happy Returns
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      It is Young Mr. Grace's birthday and there is the traditional free lunch for staff in the canteen. Afterwards, the staff plans a much more festive event for the celebration.
    • The Hero
      The Hero
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      Captain Peacock is challenged to a boxing match by a member of another department. He backs out, and Mr. 'Hugger' Humphries is "elected" to take his place in a wrestling match.
    • Grounds for Divorce
      Grounds for Divorce
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      When Captain Peacock tries to salvage his marriage, he resorts to radical measures to discourage an admirer.
    • Gambling Fever
      Gambling Fever
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      Security cameras are again installed at Grace Brothers, and when the staff bet their bonuses on a horse race, it's up to Mr. Humphries to mime the race to them by closed-circuit.
    • Is It Catching?
      Is It Catching?
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      The staff contracts a strange tropical illness, Marine's Disease, from Mr. Humphries. They are quarantined in the basement until the disease is past.
    • Monkey Business
      Monkey Business
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      Bad news. Grace Brothers may be bought by the Japanese. The staff take their problems to Number Ten, where they contact President Reagan by the phone. Mrs. Thatcher gets fashion tips from Mr. Humphries.
    • A Personal Problem
      A Personal Problem
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      Captain Peacock's wife works at Grace Brothers, as Mr. Rumbold's secretary. He is intensely jealous and is absolutely convinced that the two of them are having an affair.
    • Heir Apparent
      Heir Apparent
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      Old Mr. Grace becomes convinced that Mr. Humphries is his long-lost son. Mrs. Humphries (also played by Mr. Inman) arrives and clears up the siuation.
    • Lost and Found
      Lost and Found
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      When Mrs. Slocombe's cat turns up missing, she decides that only Mr. Humphries could take its place.
    • Calling All Customers
      Calling All Customers
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      The staff performs a play on CB radio to advertise Grace Brothers. The play results in the store being swamped by truck drivers who are driven off by Mr. Humphries and Mrs. Slocombe.
    • The Sweet Smell of Success
      The Sweet Smell of Success
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      Mrs. Slocombe sells her home-made perfume. After a misunderstanding, Mrs. Peacock finds Captain Peacock without his pants (perfume had spilled on them) and the ill-fated trousers in the hands of Mr. Rumbold's secretary.
    • Front Page Story
      Front Page Story
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Mr. Humphries is made editor of the new staff magazine. The 1st Floor staff is not pleased with the stories he writes about them causing friction in the relations between floors.
    • Roots?
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      The staff decides to obtain a coat-of-arms for Old Mr. Grace's 90th birthday, but problems arise when they're unable to figure out exactly from where his ancestors came.
    • You Can't Teach a New Dog Old Tricks