Keeping Up Appearances

Season 1 Episode 1

Daddy's Accident

Aired Unknown Oct 29, 1990 on BBC
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Daddy's Accident
In this series premiere, we are introduced to the infamous prim and proper Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), her less-than-socially-acceptable extended family, and Hyacinth's long-suffering husband, Richard. The episode focusses sees Hyacinth coming to terms that her 'Daddy' is in hospital, having chased the milk lady on his bicycle - naked.moreless

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  • Strong character introduction.

    For anyone who has seen this show extensively this episode will seem a little different from what it is to become and all the actors seem so new to their roles. Onslow, for instance, gives a very half-hearted "Oh nice" as he learns of Hyacinth's forthcoming arrival, and Hiacynth gives a very toned down greeting on the phone. There are also many things that seem out of place, such as Daisy smoking.

    At other times, there is a sense that everything seems a bit contrived. As we can see from later episodes, Hyacinth usually accept's Richard to park in the turning area of the cul-de-sac, but this time she chastises him for deciding things unilaterally. Now we can see that Onslow and the gang have not JUST moved in, and we can guess by the amount of visits to come in the future that this is not the first visit to their home, yet it FEELS like a first visit, hence contrived. You get this same feeling when Liz comes over for tea (tea note, not the soon infamous 'coffee at 11:00'!), and Liz doesn't go straight to the kitchen, and even questions why she is going to the kitchen. Yes it's a new experience for us to see their lives, but there is a strong sense of posturing for the camera.

    Still, it's a successful episode in that it firmly establishes their perspective roles, and introduces us to several characters, both main and non. However the characters have transformed in the future, it is only in minor ways, and here the actors have done an excellent job of providing us with a strong foundation and sense of not only who's who, but also how they all interact with each other or 'their place' so to speak. Unfortunately, that is all this episode is about: establishing characters, and getting a sense of how she (Hyacinth) interacts with various people, from blue collar service people, to doctors, to 'the Major', to her family and close friends.moreless
  • An excellent first episode for one of Britain's most enteratining and enduring comedies. When Hyacinth's elderly father who suffers from dementia, ends up in hospital, Hyacinth, as always tries to re-arrange history to suit herself!moreless

    The opening scene shows an ambulance pulling away from a suburban house in a less-than-sought-after neighbourhood. Rose (Shirley Stelfox) and Daisy (Judy Cornwell) are both looking extremely worried, but is it because 'Daddy' has been taken to hospital, or because they have to tell their overbearing sister, Hyacinth, about it? It seems that it may be the latter, as neither is at all inclined to let the eldest in the family hear the news just yet.

    When we later see Hyacinth's reaction to the news that Daddy is in hospital due to having chased the unfortunate milk lady and fallen off his bicycle into the canal, we can see why Rose and Daisy were reluctant to inform her of the news. Dragging her poor, long-suffering husband, Richard (Clive Swift) off to the hospital, and fearing the worst, Hyacinth is unimpressed (and disbelieving) when she hears that Daddy was very drunk and also happened to be wearing very little at the time of the incident!

    As usual, it is the poor next-door neighbour, Elizabeth Warden (Josephine Tewson) who has to deal with Hyacinth at her most "difficult" and we can see right from the start why poor Liz has problems with coffee, china and biscuits in just about every episode!

    If you like the very best of British comedy, then it would be a huge shame not to watch this show. It is, simply put, superb!moreless
  • Hyacinth Bouquet. H-Y-A-C-I-N-T-H B-U-C-K-E-T

    Patricia Routledge is hilarious as Hyacinth. Hoew snobby can a woman get. I had no idea until she came along. I feel sorry for Richard who has to live with her. Hilarious episode making daddy seem his normal self - deranged especially when it comes to women. Hyacinh is embarrassed so she snobs up the truth.
Patricia Routledge

Patricia Routledge

Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet")

Josephine Tewson

Josephine Tewson

Elizabeth Hawksworth Warden

Judy Cornwell

Judy Cornwell


Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes


Clive Swift

Clive Swift

Richard Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet")

Shirley Stelfox

Shirley Stelfox

Rose #1

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hyacinth: It's a security latch. Richard had it installed to protect me from anyone desperate.
      Elizabeth: They would have to be.

    • Hyacinth: [Answering telepone] The Bucket residence, the Lady of the house speaking!

    • Richard: Is the Major coming?
      Hyacinth: Yes, Richard, I do believe the Major will be coming. And it's a good job he is a major. If he was a sergeant he wouldn't get a foot past the door.

    • Hyacinth: [On the phone] No, you cannot have a number 24, nor a double portion of 37. This isn't the Chinese take-away. This is a private slimline white telephone with no connection whatsoever to any business or trade. Especially not one of foreign extraction. [Hangs up phone]

    • Hyacinth: Daddy would never be naked. Why would Daddy be naked when he's got his name down for a nice old person's bungalow?

    • Daisy: I hate tidying up. I'm under the doctor for being dizzy. I'm sure it's tidying up.
      Rose: If you only got dizzy when you tidied up, you should have the clearest head in the area.

    • Daisy: I don't know how you keep the pace, our Rose.
      Rose: It's not easy. If you relax for a minute, they're going back to their wives. I envy you, our Daisy.
      Daisy: Me?
      Rose: It must be wonderful being married to a bum like your Onslow. So you can let yourself go completely.
      Daisy: I wouldn't say completely.
      Onslow: Near enough, completely.

    • Rose: What did she say?
      Daisy: She says not to go over to her place. She's coming here.
      Rose: Oh, that's just what we need, a royal visit.

    • Hyacinth: We're going to have to emulsion this ceiling.
      Richard: We've just done it.
      Hyacinth: It's not a fit ceiling to bring a Major under.

    • Hyacinth: Please don't shout in that excitable manner outdoors, Richard. I don't like you getting excited outdoors.

    • (outside Onslow and Daisy's house)
      Richard: Would you like me to lock the car?
      Hyacinth: I think so. Don't you? We're practically in Beirut.

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