Keeping Up Appearances

Season 2 Episode 1

A Strange Man

Aired Unknown Sep 01, 1991 on BBC
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A Strange Man
Hyacinth glimpses a strange man next door at Elizabeth's house and imagines him to be her lover. Also, Daddy goes missing again in his long johns.

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  • Hyacinth is convinced that Elizabeth has a lover when she sees a man outside her house early in the morning.

    Hyacinth doesn't miss much, in fact, she makes it her business to know as much about as many people as possible and nothing pleases her more than sticking her nose into the affairs of her friends and neighbours.

    In this first episode of Season 2, it is poor Elizabeth Warden (Josephine Tewson) from next door who is the object of Hyacinth's interest when she, Hyacinth, sees a strange man, draped in a towel, collecting the milk from the doorstep early in the morning. Naturally, Hyacinth assumes the worst and hysterically informs Richard that Elizabeth has a lover who has obviously spent the night at her home because there can be no other reason for him to be there, scantily clad, so early in the morning!

    Richard is reluctant to believe that Elizabeth, whose husband works abroad, would be involved in an affair, but Hyacinth is totally convinced and informs Richard that they will have to move house due to the 'continental atmosphere' which is obviously prevailing in the neighbourhood! Naturally, Richard is most unhappy with this idea, and even more worried when Hyacinth insists that he go next door and tell Elizabeth of the dangers faced by women living alone who get involved with strange men. Furious at Richard's reluctance, Hyacinth decides to visit Elizabeth herself. Richard soon follows after taking a call from Daisy in which he learns that Daddy has once again disappeared, this time, wearing only his long johns!

    Upon arrival next door, Richard is about to give his rehearsed speech about women who get involved with strange men when Hyacinth abruptly stops him to inform him that the 'strange man' is indeed Elizabeth's brother, Emmet (David Griffin), a classically trained musician who has moved in with his sister after losing his house in a messy divorce.

    Naturally, Hyacinth blames the entire mix-up on poor Richard, while contemplating a musical career for herself once Emmet has heard her sing!

    A laugh-a-minute episode not to be missed.moreless
  • This is when this show started really getting funny

    Hyacinth is very bored and keeps peeking out her window to see what liz, her next door neighbor is doing. She freaks out when she sees a hot guy over there and thinks that liz is sleeping around. It turns out to be Liz\'s smart - elecky brother, emmet who lost his house in a messy divorce.

    Emmet is a music coach/conducter of some kind and Hyacinth is always as he puts it \"singing at him\" She also think Emmet is in love her... This show became absolutley hysterical in season 2 , because Emmet isn\'t sweet and doormattish like his sister and loves to bait Hyacinth and play on her arrogance...

    Also they replaced Rose 1 ( Shirley stelfox) with (mary millar) who was much more funny and melodramatic.

    please watch this show...moreless
Patricia Routledge

Patricia Routledge

Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet")

Josephine Tewson

Josephine Tewson

Elizabeth Hawksworth Warden

David Griffin

David Griffin

Emmet Hawksworth

Judy Cornwell

Judy Cornwell


Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes


Mary Millar

Mary Millar

Rose #2

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