Are You Being Served?

Season 8 Episode 1

Is It Catching?

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Apr 09, 1981 on BBC
7.2
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Is It Catching?
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The staff contracts a strange tropical illness, Marine's Disease, from Mr. Humphries. They are quarantined in the basement until the disease is past.

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  • This is where it went wrong...

    5.0
    At the start of the eighth series so much changed that the show never really felt the same. We get another new senior salesman (although he wouldn't last for more than three episodes), Mr Grossman, who is introduced quite well. His appearance in the department causes Mrs Slocombe to show off her skills as a shoe salesperson. Mollie Sugden gets the chance to do some (remarkable, considering her age) physical comedy. But the new junior, Mr Spooner, hardly gets any introduction. During the course of the episode he utters lines that were obviously written for Mr Lucas, which therefore seem contrived.



    When poor Harold Bennett became too old for the role of Young Mr Grace, he needed a replacement too. The producers chose an actor who was obviously younger than the character that he portrayed. There's something wrong about watching an old actor and a young actor playing an old character working together in one scene.



    The plot for this episode could be written on a grain of rice, probably because so much time is spent on introducing Grossman and Old Mr Grace. It's just an excuse for a completely unbelievable piece of slapstick with a water bed.moreless
Mollie Sugden

Mollie Sugden

Mrs Slocombe

Frank Thornton

Frank Thornton

Captain Peacock

Wendy Richard

Wendy Richard

Miss Brahms

Mike Berry

Mike Berry

Mr Spooner

Arthur English

Arthur English

Mr. Beverley Harman (1976-1985)

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold (1972-1985)

John D. Collins

John D. Collins

Doctor

Guest Star

Kenneth Waller

Kenneth Waller

Old Mr Grace

Recurring Role

Milo Sperber

Milo Sperber

Mr Grossman

Recurring Role

Doremy Vernon

Doremy Vernon

Canteen Manageress

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Old Mr Grace: Old Mr Grace: Is that where I'm going to sit, I suppose?
      Young Mr Grace: Yes, that's right.
      Old Mr Grace: Where does my secretary sit?
      Young Mr Grace: On your knee, you fool!

    • Mr Grossman: Mr Spooner, why is Mr Humphries sitting down and fanning himself with a couple of y-fronts?
      Mr Spooner: He's come over peculiar.
      Mr Grossman: I've heard about that, but I didn't realize this is the form it took.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This was the first season of AYBS to have skipped a calendar year, due to a break to develop new episodes and to allow John Inman to film two seasons of the Australian version of the program.

    • This was the first appearance of Mike Berry as Bert Spooner, Mr. Lucas' replacement, Milo Spelber as Mr. Grossman, Mr. Goldberg's replacement, and Kenneth Waller as Old Mr. Grace. This was the final appearance of Harold Bennett as Young Mr. Grace, he'll come back to make a brief appearance in "Roots?". That same year, Harold Bennett sadly passed away.

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