Keeping Up Appearances

Season 4 Episode 9

Angel Gabriel Blue

Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1994 on BBC
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Angel Gabriel Blue
Hyacinth has ordered new kitchen worktops, which must be of a "very high standard" and seen by everybody. Richard has athlete's foot, but Hyacinth insists on calling it "gout" because it's more 'socially acceptable'! Daisy and Onslow find a strange man in Daddy's bed.

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  • In this third special episode, Hyacinth wants her kitchen worktops to be redone and they of course have to be of the highest quality. With help from the vicar, she chooses 'Angel Gabriel Blue' but runs into a few problems along the way.moreless

    The title of this episode really doesn't accentuate how funny it actually is, an it's VERY funny! Hyacinth wants to have her kitchen worktops redone but she can't decide between 'Lucifer Grey' or 'Angel Gabriel Blue' so she needs the advice of the vicar on a matter with obvious religious significance. Once the vicar has confirmed that her choice is indeed 'Angel Gabriel Blue', she feels much more relaxed about making the choice.

    Kitchen worktops aren't Hyacinth's only problem though because Richard comes home from the doctor having been diagnosed with Athlete's Foot. Hyacinth will simply not tolerate Richard having a fungus infection so she tells him that he in fact has gout, which comes from 'an excess of good living' and makes him wear a ridiculously huge bandage over his entire foot and pretend to be in great pain.

    Meanwhile, when Hyacinth goes to place an order for her worktop, she finds that the salesman is less than helpful and not impressed when she starts putting little mounds of food all over a display worktop to see 'how it copes will spillages'. Apparently, Sheridan's fairy cake mixture causes particular difficulty!

    When it becomes necessary to visit Onslow and Daisy's house, Hyacinth is appalled to find that Daisy has a slab of the 'Angel Gabriel Blue' worktop sitting in her kitchen. Onslow found it on the tip and it going to install it - sometime. Needless to say, Hyacinth changes her mind very quickly about what kind of worktop will be installed in HER kitchen!moreless
Jeremy Gittins

Jeremy Gittins

The Vicar (Michael)

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


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Onslow: Some good telly on tonight. Do you watch Neighbours, Hyacinth?
      Hyacinth: Only when they're in danger of letting the area down.

    • Hyacinth: (Looking at Onslow and Daisy's house) And they tell us the third world's overseas.

    • Hyacinth: (On the phone) It's my sister Daisy. You remember Daisy. She's not the one with the Mercedes, the swimming pool, and room for a pony.

    • Hyacinth: Gout! It comes from an excess of good living. The Duke of Durham was a martyr to it.

    • Onslow: Honestly, the problems we have with your father. It's about time your Hyacinth had him under her roof.
      Daisy: Oh, Onslow, he's not been that bad. We can't punish him like that. It would be inhuman.

    • Hyacinth: (Upon hearing that Richard has athlete's foot) Richard, I will not tolerate you being diagnosed as fungus.

    • Onslow: Personally, I always think it best to tell the truth.
      Daisy: Don't lie!

    • Elizabeth; She must have seen you
      Emmet: How could she? I've been so careful. I haven't been outside for days! Look at me Liz, I've got prison paler!

    • Hyacinth: What did the doctor say?
      Richard: Its athlete's foot.
      Hyacinth: Didn't you tell him that you're a retired executive? If you've got anything it executive's foot.

    • Hyacinth: You won't be too long, will you? My husband's returning home from the doctor soon. He has a very exclusive mobility problem.
      (while talking with the Exclusive Kitchen's salesman)

    • Hyacinth: Richard, why are you staring at your feet? It's very inner-city to stare at your feet.
      Richard: I've got itchy toes.
      Hyacinth: You mean like Fred Astaire?
      Richard: No, the irritating kind, I think I'll go to the doctor.
      Hyacinth: Ohh, Richard, if you must go to the doctor, couldn't you go with something nicer?

    • Daisy: What was that horrible thing you dated before me?
      Onslow: I thought that was you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is a 50-minute long special.

    • This was the last episode to be filmed before the show stopped production in 1993.

      According to a "Pebble Mill" interview with Patricia Routlege and Clive Swift, this episode was filmed in December 1993 (following the "Sea Fever" QEII special), but did not air until Christmas of 1994.


    • When Onslow asks Hyacinth if she watches the Neighbours, he is making a reference to the popular Australian soapdrama (aired on BBC).