If ever two characters evoke mixed emotions, it would be Mrs. Slocombe and Mrs. Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) from "Are You Being Served?" and "Keeping Up Appearances." I have spent hours watching DVD of these delightful women and analyzing their personalities.
What would happen if Mr. Lucas met Hyacinth? Or better yet, if Mrs. Slocombe had to serve Hyacinth?
I think Mr. Lucas would have a "field day" with Hyacinth. With wisecracking expertise he would demolish her socialite façade and leave her in tears. Mrs. Slocombe, on the other hand, would probably want to be more physical.
I think Mr. Humpfries would have a great time with Hyacinth as they are both very flamboyant personalities But yes the meeting between Mrs. Slocome and Hyacinth would be an interesting one even hilarious And you are right the think Mr. Lucas would reem her a big one leaving her perturbed at least :)LOL! I wonder why Richard married her in the first place and how he deals with her constant nagging like he's a school boy. Maybe she would start the (English Stepford husbands, instead of Step ford wives LOL )
It must have been something positive about Hyacinth for Richard to marry her. She does love her family, I believe it's just she can't be happy with just being ordinary. Mr humpheries is such a confused soul. He goes back and forth being armored with both sexes. Mr. Lucas, I still would love it if she came into Grace Bros. Buying wide fronts for Richard. Oh the conversation those two would have. Poor Richard and Liz. They just treat her like a spoiled child because of how everyone else can't stand her.
I wonder if you could write to the show and ask if that would be a possibility or if the series is over then probably not. Who knows maybe you can write your own t.v. show and see what happens. Good luck!!
That is a thought. I don't know who the producers were but I suppose I could get that information from the Internet. I think it would be the makings of an interesting show!
You go for it why not right? Nothing to lose. Let me know the results if you do it!!!
I will be happy to. Let me do my research to see if it is at all possible, first. I know that most of the original actors are deceased but perhaps the creators of the series are still alive.
If Mrs Slocome ever had to serve Hyacinth, it will be chaos, because Hyacinth is a very particular woman when it comes to her lifestyle. My older sister loves both shows and would of loved that crossover.
Mr Lucas infact had to serve Hyacinth (Keeping Up Appearances - "Angel Gabriel Blue" episode) ... it was hilarious AND disastrous
Simply love Hyacinth Bucket. She tries so hard to be acceptable. Just love her. I especially love her ne'er do well siblings and brother in law. Ms. Slocombe and Hyacinth Bucket could be the very best of friends. They do have a lot in common. They believe in elegance, class, and decorum. They heartedly believe in KEEPING UP APPEARANCES.
Now that is an interesting perspective! That social climbing Mrs. Bucket being friends with a mere "sales girl" would be a no-no. Mrs. Slocombe is not an executive but a sales girl and Mrs. Bucket to me would only see her in a service position. However, you might be right. I wonder!
Who else thinks that Mrs. Bucket and Mrs. Slocombe could be "bosom buddies"?
gmwilliams: Thanks for sharing but I'll have to agree with Jaqueline that Mrs. Bucket and Mrs. Slocombe would clash because of class. Mrs. Bucket is always trying to be in the upper crusty classes with her candlelight suppers etc.. I think she would look down on Mrs. Slocombe.
Absolutely. A woman who changes the pronunciation of her last name and looks down on her relatives could definitely not fine friendship with a sales clerk. Now if Mrs. Slocombe hadn't had to become the maid in "Are You Being Served, Again", Hyacinth might have enjoyed friendship with part owner of a lovely country manor!
Yes, I do remember that episode in the Holiday DVD. However, she wasn't at Grace Brothers and Mr. Lucas was a more subdued salesman. Not exactly at his peak. She did rather get on his nerves a bit but he maintained his reserve. I do think that Mr. Lucas would have been more candid!
TGLoco and Jacqueline:I'll have to check that one out. I don't think I have seen that particular episode. Maybe they will have it at the library.
The title of the DVD is "Keeping Up Appearances: Deck the Halls with Hyacinth." The episode in question is: Angel Gabriel Blue. The salesman of the kitchen remodeling company is also the character Dick Lucas on "Are You Being Served."
Amazon.com has some great deals on the complete series. I bought both. That way any time I can watch those wonder characters!
I think Mrs Slocombe and Mrs Bucket would have had a 'Snob-off' to see who could be the more stuck up in conversation.
I think Hyacinth would win the day as Mrs Slocombe would probably crack and say something common as muck LOL
I think you are right! When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced bouquet) would win no contest! Even the Vicar is in awe of that woman! Everyone hides except Counsellor Mrs. Nugent. She puts Hyacinth in her place (only because of her standing in the community.)
Poor Mrs. Slocombe is a wanna be who is constricted by her occupation and lack or resources. Remember, Mrs. Bucket has her loyal husband and trusted neighbor. Mrs. Slocombe only has her cat Tiddles. I have often thought of writing a review on the two and hope to do so when I have more time.
Shinkicker: LOL LOL YOU are so right. Have you watched that Lady Of the Manor show from the 80's I thin with Audrey who lives across from a big Manor house and she always makes fun of the guy who lives in the manor? It's been ages since I've seen it and I can't remember the name of it but it was a british sitcom too...very funny. I think something like To the Manor Born or something like that.
Jaqueline:You should write a review,. Go for it.!!!
You are so right. A review on those two birds would be interesting. Slocombe versus Bucket: A Reflective Look at Ladies in Crisis or something like that. Got any title suggestions :-)
That's all you!!! Use your creative genius that flows thru you like water!!! I'm sure it will come to you!!! Go for it!!! I am just an ideas person not really a title person... I'm sure one will come to you Have a blessed day!!!
I am blushing from your vote of confidence. I am working on something for those two and also those wonderful Baldwin Sisters: Miss Emily and Miss Mamie!
"To the Manor Born" exactly. With Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles (as Richard de Vere)
Relaxing while watching "Keeping Up Appearances" and wondering why Hyacinth is always worried about Richard driving over people on the sidewalk and horses in the field. I think I would go simply balmy driving with her in the car. I don't think Richard is really henpecked; I think he just really doesn't want to be bothered. Now Elizabeth, I just don't know. She treats Hyacinth like an exceptional child.
Have either of you watched The Vicar of Dibley(very funny 1st female Vicar in this small backward town in England) or Rosemary and Thyme or Midsommer Murders or???
What other British sitcoms do you like?
I have not watched those British Sitcoms that you just mentioned; However my favorites are "Are You Being Served", "Are You Being Served, Again", and "Keeping Up Appearances." I have recently discovered "Father Ted" on the Amazon Prime Instant Video and it is hilarious! I think that will added next to my DVD collections.
I don't know if you can consider those Agatha Christie dramas as sitcoms but I do love occasionally watching them on the Amazon Prime Instant Video. I'm not doing a commerical for them; but Amazon Prime Instant Video to me is better than Netflix. Such a huge selection!
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