Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)
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Daddy's Accident 

Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), an overbearing hostess, is stunned when her less-than-well-off sisters Daisy and Rose inform her that their father has been taken to the hospital. ... See full summary »


Harold Snoad


Roy Clarke


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patricia Routledge ... Hyacinth
Josephine Tewson ... Elizabeth
Judy Cornwell ... Daisy
Geoffrey Hughes ... Onslow
Shirley Stelfox ... Rose
Clive Swift ... Richard
Bruce Alexander ... the Doctor
Peter Cellier ... the Major
Leo Dolan Leo Dolan ... the Postman
Paul Toothill Paul Toothill ... the Meter Man
James Ottaway ... Mr Oxley


Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), an overbearing hostess, is stunned when her less-than-well-off sisters Daisy and Rose inform her that their father has been taken to the hospital. Hyacinth is even more stunned however when she finds out why he was taken there. Written by Nadia Nassar

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29 October 1990 (UK) See more »

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Richard's license plate reads "D541 EXL". See more »


When Hyacinth puts the phone down from talking to Violet the wall she leans on can clearly be seen moving showing that they are fake. See more »


[first lines]
Daisy: We're going to have to tell our Hyacinth.
Rose: Oh, God, not tonight. Tomorrow morning. I couldn't face Hyacinth, not tonight.
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"We're going to have to tell our Hyacinth...."
24 April 2019 | by extremesteamkeysSee all my reviews

Although I absolutely adore every single episode of the show, The pilot episode deserves special consideration - because without it, the rest wouldn't be possible.

The episode does extremely well at providing a basis for the rest of the series. The actors seem incredibly comfortable in their roles, and although, naturally, the characters they play become more multi-dimensional as the show rolls on, many of the classic, core elements of the shows humour are established in this episode.

If you wish to watch a single episode to see if you would like the show or not there is no better way to start than right here, at the beginning, because although arguably there are subjectively better episodes than this one if you don't like the pilot you most likely won't like the rest of the series.

If however, on the other hand, you are like me, you'll fall in love with the entire series from this episode forward, and never look back.

Roy Clarke, in my humble opinion, is a comic genius, and his script is delivered flawlessly by both the main ensemble and the entire supporting cast.

Yes, it's from the early 90's and it may seem outdated - but this is one comedy that for myself, and I'm sure many others, will stand the test of time for as long as it continues to be possible to watch it (and re-watch it, over, and over, and over again).

This is not just a television show. This is pure comedic art at it's greatest, and this episode is the foundation upon which such greatness is built.


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