Keeping Up Appearances

Season 5 Episode 11

The Pageant

Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1995 on BBC

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  • "Tell God it's Bouquet." Hyacinth directing a Civil War pageant; how simple can that possibly be?

    Hyacinth has taken over the director's role in a pageant, and naturally casted herself as the queen. It seems, though, that her search for volunteers - although she did phone them all personally - has been unfruitful; seems that mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers have suddenly all fallen ill. How terrible.

    In need of Rounheads and Cavaliers, Hyacinth makes the ultimate decision and calls in her family for help. With Elizabeth managing the lights, music and curtains, Richard as King Charles, and Onslow as a Roundhead (he keeps wondering why they automatically gave him that role), the pageant is just about to begin - and end quite suddenly.

    This episode has a lot of great moments: Father learning tango with another old fellow, Hyacinth with her new mobile phone, Violet and Bruce on a warpath, and Emmet dreaming of the day when he will finally strangle a certain person in his life, it has many good moments to offer.
  • In this final ever episode of "Keeping Up Appearances", Hyacinth appoints herself director of a local historical pageant and has everyone up in arms as the Civil War becomes real!

    Two things of major importance are happening for Hyacinth in this hilarious episode. First of all, she is directing a local civil war pageant in which she is playing the role of the queen (of course!) and also, much to the horror of everyone, she has recently acquired a mobile (cell) phone! She finds it necessary to ring the vicar and his wife in the middle of the night to give them her new number and also to remind them to drop in on the pageant rehearsals, which they, most reluctantly, agree to do.

    Meanwhile, Elizabeth has been appointed stage manager, but she isn't doing a very good job and Emmett and Hyacinth are both somewhat displeased with her. Richard and Emmett are assisting with the ironing of the costumes and all of the volunteers who are to act in minor roles have completely disappeared (they never came in the first place!) which means that it's necessary to rally the entire family to help out, which they do. The hilarity comes when several arguments are taking place and the vicar, dropping in as he said he would, thinks that they are part of the script!

    Unimpressed by the 'lines' the actors are spouting, the vicar calls for the curtain to be brought down, only to have Elizabeth pull the wrong cord, and Hyacinth, who is sitting queen-like on the throne in full costume, getting, quite literally, crowned from above as she is knocked unconscious by falling stage equipment.

    Convinced that she is going to die as the ambulance is about to take her to hospital, she instructs Richard to mak sure that Onslow wears a tie to her funeral and to 'tell God it's BOUQUET'!

    An hilarious and fitting ending to a truly excellent series. I wish there had been more of it. If you haven't watched this show, do yourself a favour and do so as soon as possible, it's a riot!