Keeping Up Appearances

British sitcom

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom by Roy Clarke. It was shown on BBC One from 1990 to 1995 and is set in the West Midlands. It stars Patricia Routledge as middle-aged, middle-class, English housewife Hyacinth Bucket, who has narcissistic and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders and lives in a suburban house with her civil servant husband Richard. She insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet. She is the eldest of four sisters. She has a gay son who lives away from home and is studying needlework at a polytechnic college. She is proud of her sister Violet, who is married to a rich but eccentric man. Hyacinth is embarrassed by her lazy sister Daisy, her lazy husband Onslow, her histrionic sister Rose and demented father, who are underclass and live in a nearby council house. The sitcom is about Hyacinth's attempts to prove her superiority and high social status (and that of her husband and unseen son), her attempts of being accepted by the upper class and people of high position, and her trying to hide her underclass family.

Keeping Up Appearances
Created byRoy Clarke
Written byRoy Clarke
Directed byHarold Snoad
StarringPatricia Routledge
Clive Swift
Josephine Tewson
Geoffrey Hughes
Judy Cornwell
Shirley Stelfox
Mary Millar
David Griffin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5
No. of episodes44 + 2 shorts (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Harold Snoad
Production location(s)Binley Woods, Warwickshire, England;
(Hyacinth's Bungalow)
Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry, West Midlands, England;
(Daisy and Onslow's council house)
Leamington Spa, England
(Towns and various locations)
Northampton, England;
(Church, Church Hall and Vicarage)

Swindon, Wiltshire, England;
Oxford, England;
Bristol, England;
Great Yarmouth Norfolk, England;

Copenhagen, Denmark;
(location scenes)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
50 minutes (1994 Christmas special)
60 minutes (1993 Christmas special)
Production company(s)BBC
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Universal Pictures
ABC (Australia, home video)
Warner Home Video (US, home video)
Iowa Public Television (US, television)[1]
Original networkBBC One
Picture format576i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio format
  • Monaural (series 1)
  • Stereo (series 2–5)
Original release29 October 1990 (1990-10-29) –
25 December 1995 (1995-12-25)
Related showsYoung Hyacinth
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References change

  1. Keeping up appearances. / Life Lessons from Onslow. OCLC 313473236.

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