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Are You Being Served? turns 50 - Roger Lewis

Features | By Roger Lewis

From left: Mrs Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), Miss Brahms (Wendy Richard), Mr Lucas (Trevor Bannister), Mr Rumbold (Nicholas Smith), Mr Mash (Larry Martyn), Mr Grainger (Arthur Brough), Mr Humphries (John Inman) and Captain Peacock (Frank Thornton)

As Are You Being Served? reaches its half-century, Roger Lewis salutes Grace Brothers – and Mrs Slocombe’s legendary pussy

Anthony Powell made fun of the sort of credulous reader who, if a novelist mentions in a novel something left behind in a Brighton hotel room, will try to visit that hotel room in Brighton and look for it. I am just that sort of person, my disbelief totally suspended. Applying Powell’s dictum to my behaviour as a telly-viewer, I’d give anything to stay at Crossroads, dine at Fawlty Towers, travel on Reg Varney’s bus. ...

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