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Are You Being Served?

Season 10 Episode 5

The Night Club

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Mar 18, 1985 on BBC
7.7
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The Night Club
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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.

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  • 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.moreless

    9.5
    This is really my all time favorite of the last season. It has all the elements that made "Are You Being Served" the genius show that it became through the years. Mrs. Slocombe in the movie theater is a priceless scene. First Captain Peacock invites the ladies to go out for sweets when a risque scene is apparently shown during the movie. Then you have Mr. Humphries dressed as a woman usher supposedly filling in for his mother. Candy Davis' expressions sitting next to Capt. Peacock also add to the mix. When the picture goes out and all we are left with is the sound, the episode takes a hilarious turn that the viewer can hardly recover laughing from. When Mollie Sugden's colored hair goes straight up as her character realizes the lines spoken during the filming of the commercial don't sound too innocent when done without sound, I could contain myself no longer and let loose with laughter I had gotten used to through the years. At the end when the Grace Bros. staff realizes that everything has gone awry and these rough men are wanting to visit their "club," they save the day by standing up and singing, "All Things Bright and Beautiful." Wish they made television like that again! MY FAVORITE!!moreless
  • A one-joke show.

    6.0
    You know this show was nearing the end when you see episodes like this. Apparently Jeremy Lloyd got the idea of double entendres in film dialogue if the picture falls away. So the ladies and gentlemen of Grace Brothers have to have a reason to make a film, which leads to the ridiculous idea of a nightclub in a department store. Realism was never an important issue for this show, but it's very hard to believe that clubbers would be allowed to walk around a deserted store at night. And why would the sales assistants hang around their workplace longer than necessary? Other examples of a lack of inspiration are the umpteenth cat joke for Mrs Slocombe (phoning the cat and reaching her neighbour) and putting Mr Humphries in drag for no good reason. (Why would Humphries have to impersonate his mother to help out at the cinema?)moreless
John Inman

John Inman

Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries (1972-1985)

Mollie Sugden

Mollie Sugden

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Slocombe (1972-1985)

Frank Thornton

Frank Thornton

Captain Stephen Peacock

Wendy Richard

Wendy Richard

Miss Shirley Brahms (1972-1985)

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold (1972-1985)

Arthur English

Arthur English

Mr. Beverley Harman (1976-1985)

Keith Hodiak

Keith Hodiak

Seymour

Guest Star

Ronnie Brody

Ronnie Brody

Man in Cinema

Guest Star

Ray Gatenby

Ray Gatenby

Man in Cinema

Guest Star

Doremy Vernon

Doremy Vernon

Canteen Manageress

Recurring Role

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    • Mrs Slocombe: You know, I was talking to Mrs Axelby last night and she can't wait to get into the club.


      Miss Brahms: I thought the club was going to be for sophisticated people.


      Mrs Slocombe: Mrs Axelby can be very sophisticated when she puts it on.


      Mr Spooner: I thought you said she was the one banned from the pub for standing on her head and singing "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever".

    • Miss Belfridge: (drinking champagne) This stuff goes straight to my head.


      Mrs Slocombe: Well, there's plenty of room for it.

    • Mr Humphries: (about Rumbold's skills as a piano player) You're not good enough.


      Mr Rumbold: What do you mean? I've got perfect pitch!


      Mr Humphries: So has Wembley Stadium, but you're not playing there.

    • (Mrs. Slocombe calls her cat)
      Mrs. Slocombe: Oh my little pet I'm ever so sorry. But I'll make it up to you when I get home. Why don't you open your little flap and play with your ball.
      (Mrs. Slocombe listens for a bit)
      Mrs. Slocombe:(Outraged) MR. AKBAR HOW DARE YOU!!!

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