Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)


The department staff pose as Grace Brothers shareholders to avoid a takeover by a rival corporation. Meanwhile Captain Peacock finds himself working under obnoxious Mr. Lucas, who treats him in turn like a butler.


Ray Butt


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Trevor Bannister ... Mr. Lucas
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Arthur Brough ... Mr. Grainger
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Arthur English ... Mr. Harman
Harold Bennett ... Young Mr. Grace
Mavis Pugh Mavis Pugh ... Lady Weeble-Able-Smith
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Henry Grant Hopkins
Penny Irving ... Miss Bakewell


There's a big secret at Grace Brothers, apparently the store might be taken over by a competitor. To discuss the matter, a board room meeting has been organized. Convinced that the new company will give them all the boot, the staff are quick to search for new jobs. But then the staff are informed that there is a chance that Grace Brothers can be saved if enough shareholders go against the take-over. Unfortunately the four shareholders who's vote would save Grace Bros aren't able to attend the meeting, so in a effort to save the store, and their jobs, the staff volunteer to act as the shareholders and veto the take-over. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

25 March 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Watch the scene closely when Mr Lucas introduces Mr Grainger at the function. Old Grainger is wearing a wig, and Trevor Bannister, playing Lucas, tries hard to keep from breaking up with laughter when Grainger enters the scene. He ultimately fails and he does indeed crack up. Arthur Brough was a much loved and respected member of the cast, and everybody working on the series adored him, particularly Trevor Bannister, as it was Arthur Brough who gave Bannister his very first acting job in the 1950's, with 'The Arthur Brough Players' in Folkestone, Kent. See more »


At the start when the members of the department gather in Mr Rumbold's office, some of them appear to say, "Good Morning Mr Grace," rather than, "Good Morning Mr Rumbold." See more »


Mr. James: [laughing at Mr. Grainger's toupee] Your name, sir?
Mr. Ernest Grainger: Pardon?
Mr. James: The name, so I can introduce you!
Mr. Ernest Grainger: [Taken aback] Ernest Grainger!
Mr. James: The name of the berk you're supposed to be impersonating, you berk!
Mr. Ernest Grainger: [laughing in an over-active way] Sir Richard Ryan!
Mr. James: [Loudly] Sir Richard Ryan!
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References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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