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Season 5 Episode 7

It Pays to Advertise

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Apr 08, 1977 on BBC
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It Pays to Advertise
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?

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    Raymond Bowers

    Raymond Bowers

    Mr. Crawford

    Guest Star

    Ferdy Mayne

    Ferdy Mayne


    Guest Star

    Freddie Wiles

    Freddie Wiles


    Guest Star

    Penny Irving

    Penny Irving

    Miss Bakewell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Mr Humphries:: (discussing his look-alike mannequin) I was only in Chatten branch for half a day, and I was stolen! Heavens knows where I am now!

      • Mr Harman: (seeing Mrs Slocombe's mannequin bust is too large) The problem is you're overstuffed. (Starts to reach into the mannequin's shirt, and pulls out stuffing) Say when.
        Mrs Slocombe:: (aghast) STOP HIM, CAPTAIN PEACOCK!! I will not have rough workman hands inside my bra!
        Mr Harman:: It could be your last chance.

      • (The stock room worker carries in the Mr Humphries mannequin, with his right hand between its legs)
        Mr Humphries: Do be careful with your right hand, you're making my eyes wobble!

      • Mr Rumbold: Mr Grace is continuing his campaign to advertise Grace Brothers. Two hundred Mrs Slocombes and one hundred fifty Mr Humphrieses will be going on display in various branches.
        Mrs Slocombe: If I had known I was going to get displayed in 200 different positions in my underwear, I would have withheld my consent.
        Mr Humphries: I'm already in the Portsmouth branch in my underwear and I have had a lot of fan mail, most of which I don't understand and none of which I intend to answer.

      • Crawford: I'm Crawford from Photographics. I'm the cameraman.
        Mr Humphries: Humphries from Menswear. I'm the director.
        Crawford: Do you mean to say with your looks you're not going to be in it?
        Mr Humphries: One has to decide which side of the fence to be on.
        Crawford: It's not always an easy decision, isn't it?

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mr Harman: Excuse me, Mr Peckinpoof.

        To describe Mr Humphries as the film's director, Harman uses a rather crude pun on the name of Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), the famous American screenwriter and director.