Comedy Clicks -Keeping Up Appearances

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was a great hit in the nineties and was all about the pronunciation of Bucket – Keeping Up Appearances

Opening Titles / theme tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family’s working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband. – IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

5 Seasons


Patricia Routledge – Hyacynth

Judy Cornwell – Daisy

Geoffrey Hughes – Onslow

Clive Swift – Richard

Josephine Tewson – Elizabeth Warden

Mary Miller – Rose



+During the series Emmett and others are seen being frightened by Hyacinth’s singing voice. In reality Patricia Routledge is known for her powerful singing voice and has a long career in Musical Theatre.

+ The surname “Bucket” is repeatedly pronounced by Hyacinth as “Bouquet.” As all of the sister’s names are flowers (Hyacinth, Daisy, Violet, Rose), those names appears to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to a “bouquet of flowers.” The maiden name of the ladies is never revealed.

+ In one episode Onslow and Daisy are in bed reading, conversing about DIY when Onslow describes himself as being more intellectually than manually gifted. During this time, he is glancing at a hardbacked book, the title of which is difficult to see on screen. The book is a newish copy of “Principles of Condensed Matter Physics.”

+Onslow occasionally wears a t-shirt of the Green Bay Packers of American football.

+Ironically, while Hyacinth brags to Elizabeth in nearly every episode when Violet calls that she (Violet) has a swimming pool, the house used as Elizabeth’s in the show actually has its own swimming pool in reality. This of course was never featured onscreen.


Classic Clips


This is not the chinese takeaway


Tea Time

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