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Keeping Up Appearances: Review

Updated on February 25, 2016
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The adventures of Hyacinth Bouquet or should that be Bucket?

The complete and entire series of Keeping Up Appearances is to be found in this wonderful DVD set.

What a treat. You read that right, the entire series. Truly.

Some people might think that the character of Hyacinth Bucket is just a little over the top. Are there really people like that? Maybe she is a caricature, but in many episodes, she really does remind me of my mum.

The ultimate social climber

The first indication that Hyacinth's life is devoted to climbing the social ladder is the fact that she insists on pronouncing her last name, which is Bucket, as 'Bouquet'. Nice. My mum couldn't do anything with Jackson, but if our last name had been Sidebottom, you can bet she would have pronounced it 'Siddi-both-am'.

The comedy of class

This series started on TV in 1990, a time when I was still in the UK. I didn't watch it when I was in England - it was introduced to me by BBC America once I'd moved to Florida. What's funny is that many non-Brits think that we are a class-riddled society. This series goes to show that we actually think the whole class and social climbing thing is really rather daft, pretty funny and just a little sweet.

Characters

I wish I had the skill to invent characters like these. The lovely Hyacinth obviously comes from a 'working class' background as witnessed by the rest of her family. Of her sisters, all named after flowers like Hyacinth herself, we only ever see two. Daisy and Rose. Daisy is a chubby and jolly lady who is married to the ultimate lovable slob, Onslow. The other sister, Rose, is Daisy's direct opposite - skinny, tarty and on the hunt for a man. Sister Violet is never seen but obviously is similar to Hyacinth as we are reminded every episode that she has a Mercedes and 'room for a pony'.

The hapless husband

Her poor husband is often drawn into her social climbing activities - activities that never work out. If her plans aren't scuppered by the arrival of Daisy, Onslow and Rose in their beat-up, backfiring car, then they come to grief thanks to Hyacinth over-reaching herself.

The best rating

I have been buying goods from Amazon for many years and I always look at reviews and star ratings given by other buyers. I have never before seen a product that has 4.9 stars out of a possible five. I was gobsmacked. Oh, sorry Hyacinth and Mum, that wasn't too elegant - I was astounded, then.

Take a look at this...

Take a look - see for yourself

One of my favourite episodes is when Hyacinth and her neighbor Liz, are planning to take their turn working at the charity shop with 'Mrs Councillor Nugent'.

However, sister Daisy calls and says that there is an unknown woman in their senile 'daddy's' bedroom. Hyacinth wants to call round but doesn't want Liz to see her sister's run-down home. The things she'll do to 'keep up appearances.' It is,of course,on the DVD you see above.

In the clip below, see just an average day in the Bucket household.

It's Bouquet--Not Bucket!
It's Bouquet--Not Bucket!

Any anglophile, or fan of this comedy TV show will be delighted to receive the DVDs above as a wonderful gift and this book is the perfect companion piece, describing the making of the series.

 

Do you want to see some outtakes? They are always such fun.

Below, see the full cast of this incredibly popular television series.

Keeping Up Appearances ran for five years on television,starting in 1990.One of the reasons that it appealed to the public so much was because in England, such social niceties were a thing of the past.

But did they ever exist at all?

Many people from other countries sometimes get the erroneous impression that England is very class-conscious. But that isn't the case. It's an attitude that is fostered by the fact that there are ancient British titles such as 'lord', 'marchioness' and so on.

However, most British people will tell you that these titles mean nothing. We're a small island and as such, we're all accustomed to mingling freely with all 'classes'.

But that doesn't mean that there aren't social climbers such as Hyacinth Bucket. Hopefully there always will be because there's nothing the British like more than laughing at themselves.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These are so much fun. Love all the characters.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Hyacith Bucket is my all-time heroine. Hilarious series!

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      I cut my teeth on this series with my mom. Now that I am older, I do find some bits more questionable now that I understand them better (Rose...). I do love Hyacinth, Richard, and the rest though!

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      Marinna 4 years ago

      I love Hyacinth, your lens was a treat. Thank you!

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      I love this show one of my all time favourite! I

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I love this show! Hyacinth is delightful in her attempt at Keeping Up With Appearances!

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      corinnephillips1 4 years ago

      Great lens I watched the episode you featured it was great especially the ending where onslow say great then you can give me a lift

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you! I am always completely amazed by the acting in this series. Patricia Routledge is a genius comedy actor.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I know you have no idea how many of these episodes I've watched over and over again. And no matter how many times I watch them, they're just a hilarious each time. We discovered this series a few years back and watched it on our local PBS station. They've taken it off (more's the pity!) so now to get my "Hyacinth fix," I guess I'll have to buy them. Thanks so much for this review.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: They're old - but good :)

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      OMG, that episode is hilarious. "That's Boo - KEH, the emphasis is on the second syllable" - HA!There's a lot of energy invested in keeping up with the Jones's . . it's good to find humor in it. (Never heard of this show before).

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