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Season 8 Episode 8

Roots?

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Dec 24, 1981 on BBC
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Roots?
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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.

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    John Inman

    John Inman

    Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries

    Mollie Sugden

    Mollie Sugden

    Mrs. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Slocombe

    Frank Thornton

    Frank Thornton

    Captain Stephen Peacock

    Wendy Richard

    Wendy Richard

    Miss Shirley Brahms

    Harold Bennett

    Harold Bennett

    Young Mr. Grace

    Nicholas Smith

    Nicholas Smith

    Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold

    Kenneth Waller

    Kenneth Waller

    Old Mr. Grace

    Recurring Role

    Vivienne Johnson

    Vivienne Johnson

    Nurse

    Recurring Role

    Louise Burton

    Louise Burton

    Secretary

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Mr Rumbold: Are you suggesting I'm on the fiddle?
        Captain Pe: No, but you could be tuning up.

      • Mrs Slocombe: That boy's mind! He thinks about nothing but sex. His eyes are continually sliding down to my legs in a sort of calculating way.
        Mr Harman: He's probably trying to work out how strong they have to be to keep up the rest of you.

      • Old Mr Grace: Happy birthday, brother.
        Young Mr Grace: It's not my birthday, it's yours. No wonder the department's losing money.

      • Mr Rumbold: Are you suggesting I'm on the fiddle?
        Captain Peacock: No, but you could be tuning up.

      • Mrs Slocombe: Captain Peacock, are you going to stand there and hear me insulted?
        Captain Peacock: It seems as good a place as any.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Two different versions of this episode have aired (at least in the USA). In the original, the Somerset song comes before the party, at which time the cast comes out in blackface to do a "minstrel show" number, and the cast remains in blackface over the closing credits. However, this is seen as offensive to a significant number of people, so an alternate version exists, where the minstrel show number is removed, the Somerset song is moved to after Mr. Rumbold's introduction (even though he still says that they had found ancestors from farther back than the Somerset ones), and a different set of cast pictures is used in the closing credits.

      • This was the last Christmas Special in the series.

      • In the last three seasons, the role of Senior Salesman is remarkably insecure. After Mr. Grainger served for five years, Mr. Tebbs and Mr. Goldberg served for one year each. Then Mr. Klein and Mr. Grossman last one year combined. Mr. Humphries is promoted at the beginning of year nine to serve as the last senior saleman in menswear, thus bringing stability to the position.

      • This was the last appearance of Harold Bennett and Kenneth Waller as Young and Old Mr. Grace, and also the last of Vivienne Johnson as Mr. Grace's nurse and Benny Lee as Mr. Klein.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title of this episode, Roots, is an allusion to the American mini-series, Roots, which was based on a novel by Alex Haley. The mini-series was released in the US in 1977.

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