History Series / AreYouBeingServed

17th May '17 12:06:47 AM mlsmithca
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* PointyHairedBoss: Mr. Rumbold was generally and genuinely clueless about running the store, albeit kinder to the staff and more well-intentioned than a lot of other [=PHB=]s. In fact, pretty much all the higher-ups at Grace Bros. could be classified as either "well-meaning but incompetent" or "knowledgable but [[MeanBoss with a big stick up their arse]]".

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Mr. Rumbold was generally and genuinely clueless about running the store, albeit kinder to the staff and more well-intentioned than a lot of other [=PHB=]s. In fact, pretty much all the higher-ups at Grace Bros. could be classified as either "well-meaning but incompetent" or "knowledgable but [[MeanBoss with a big stick up their arse]]".



** In a nod to just how bad business is at Grace Brothers most days, many episodes will feature Captain Peacock asking "[Character's name], are you free?", followed by the character being addressed making an exaggerated show of looking up and down the completely empty counter before answering, "Yes, I'm free."



* SeriousBusiness: Everything from what sort of pen you keep in your pocket, to how you fold your handkerchief, to what sort of hat you wear on your way in are matters of dire consequence at Grace Brothers.
** One episode centered around that Mr. Rumbold was allowed to wear a bowler hat, but Captain Peacock, who worked under Rumbold, couldn't. However, Captain Peacock and senior sales clerks could wear a homburg, but the sales clerks under them couldn't. They could wear caps or trilbies.

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* SeriousBusiness: Everything from what sort of pen you keep in your pocket, to how you fold your handkerchief, to what sort of hat you wear on your way in are matters of dire consequence at Grace Brothers.
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Brothers. A recurring conversation in the Series 2 episode "The Think Tank" centered around that Mr. Rumbold was allowed to wear a bowler hat, but Captain Peacock, who worked under Rumbold, couldn't. However, Captain Peacock and senior sales clerks could wear a homburg, but the sales clerks under them couldn't. They could wear caps or trilbies.



* SpiritualSuccessor: The [[NewspaperComics newspaper comic strip]], ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', is in many ways the modern American answer to this series. This similarity has been acknowledged in that comic strip by one or two Shout Outs to, like Stuart spending his vacation at a "Power Management Retreat" run by a [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-27-2009/ Mr. Rumbold]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor:
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The [[NewspaperComics newspaper comic strip]], ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', is in many ways the modern American answer to this series. This similarity has been acknowledged in that comic strip by one or two Shout Outs to, like Stuart spending his vacation at a "Power Management Retreat" run by a [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-27-2009/ Mr. Rumbold]].



* SusLaw: Happens in several episodes, including an instance of Mr. Rumbold refusing to vouch for the staff to get revenge. Mr. Humphries was once detained for having a "suspicious-looking bulge" from an orange in his pocket

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* SusLaw: Happens in several episodes, including an instance of Mr. Rumbold refusing to vouch for the staff to get revenge. Mr. Humphries was once detained for having a "suspicious-looking bulge" from an orange in his pocketpocket.



* TransAtlanticEquivalent: A spinoff of sorts was created in Australia, in which Mr. Humphries decides to work in a Melbourne store for a while. All the episodes, save one, were re-stagings of episodes from the original series, save for a minor tweak here or there to fit the new setting. [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Suspiciously Similar Substitutes]] filled out the rest of the cast.

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* TransAtlanticEquivalent: TransAtlanticEquivalent:
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A spinoff of sorts was created in Australia, in which Mr. Humphries decides to work in a Melbourne store for a while. All the episodes, save one, were re-stagings of episodes from the original series, save for a minor tweak here or there to fit the new setting. [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Suspiciously Similar Substitutes]] filled out the rest of the cast.
25th Apr '17 12:43:56 PM Hereward
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** One episode centered around that Mr. Rumbold was allowed to wear a top hat, but Captain Peacock, who worked under Rumbold, couldn't. However, Captain Peacock could wear a bowler, but the sales clerks somewhat under him couldn't, even one who was older than Peacock. They could wear caps.

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** One episode centered around that Mr. Rumbold was allowed to wear a top bowler hat, but Captain Peacock, who worked under Rumbold, couldn't. However, Captain Peacock and senior sales clerks could wear a bowler, homburg, but the sales clerks somewhat under him couldn't, even one who was older than Peacock. them couldn't. They could wear caps.caps or trilbies.
1st Mar '17 9:29:27 PM Mdumas43073
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The [[NewspaperComics newspaper comic strip]], ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', is in many ways the modern American answer to this series. . This similarity has been acknowledged in that comic strip by one or two Shout Outs to, like Stuart spending his vacation at a "Power Management Retreat" run by a [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-27-2009/ Mr. Rumbold]].

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The [[NewspaperComics newspaper comic strip]], ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', is in many ways the modern American answer to this series. . This similarity has been acknowledged in that comic strip by one or two Shout Outs to, like Stuart spending his vacation at a "Power Management Retreat" run by a [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-27-2009/ Mr. Rumbold]].Rumbold]].
** ''Series/{{Superstore}}'' could also be seen as one to an extent.
14th Jan '17 10:35:56 AM Exxolon
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In classic BritCom tradition, the episodes generally had relatively little in the way of plot. Individual episode storylines were largely a framing device to deliver a rapid-fire series of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]], typically dealing with the reactions (or [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse over-reactions]]) of the staff to the latest management scheme, or tension between the Ladies' and Gentlemen's departments. Almost every episode in later seasons ended with the characters dressing up in silly outfits. The show rarely strayed beyond the department floor, and almost never left the confines of the store itself.

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In classic BritCom tradition, the episodes generally had relatively little in the way of plot. Individual episode storylines were largely a framing device to deliver a rapid-fire series of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]], typically dealing with the reactions (or [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse over-reactions]]) of the staff to the latest management scheme, or tension between the Ladies' and Gentlemen's departments. Almost every episode in later seasons ended with the characters dressing up in silly outfits. The show rarely strayed beyond the department floor, and almost never left the confines of the store itself.
itself. A one-off revival with an all new cast was broadcast in August 2016.
2nd Dec '16 4:55:29 AM Anodyne
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** The episode also starts with Mr. Harman singing the [[TropeNamer George Gershwin song of that name]].
15th Aug '16 6:32:49 PM mlsmithca
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* CampStraight: Mr. Humpries. WordOfGod from John Inman supported this.

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* CampStraight: Mr. Humpries. Humphries may be over-the-top effeminate in his voice and mannerisms, but WordOfGod from John Inman supported this.confirms that he is interested in women (mostly).



** "Are you free?"
** "I'm free!"
** "You've all done very well!"
** "Thank you, Mr. Grace!"
** "Glass of water for Mr. Grainger."
** "And I am unanimous in that."
** "Weak as water!"
** "They'll ride up with wear."
** "That will do, Miss Brahms."

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** "Are The signature exchange for one character (usually Captain Peacock) to get the attention of another is to ask, "[Character's name], are you free?"
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free?" Mr Humphries' delivery of "I'm free!"
free!" also appears at least once in almost every episode.
** Any visit from Young Mr Grace will conclude with him waving his walking stick (as his valet, Godard - or his nurse in later series - tries to keep him from falling over) and exclaiming, "You've all done very well!"
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well!" To which the staff unenthusiastically mutter, "Thank you, Mr Grace," while bowing.
** Whenever something happens to give Mr Grainger a shock,
Mr. Grace!"
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Lucas will call, "Glass of water for Mr. Mr Grainger."
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** Mrs Slocombe's preferred concluding phrase for any sort of ultimatum is, "And I am unanimous in that."
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" Meanwhile, if the male characters hesitate in stepping forward when the situation calls for action, she will angrily mutter, "Weak as water!"
water!"
** Whatever the ill-fitting part of the item of clothing the staff have just sold, they will invariably assure the customer, "They'll ride up with wear."
" (Acknowledged in several episodes to be pure fiction intended solely to complete the sale.)
** If one character, usually Mrs Slocombe, gets uncomfortable with the conversational tangent pursued by Miss Brahms, she will be cut off with a simple "That will do, Miss Brahms."



** Upper-level male staff are entitled to wear a [[SeriousBusiness red carnation]] (and '''not''' a variegated color as Captain Peacock found out the [[LaserGuidedKarma hard way]] in "The Old Order Changes."

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** Upper-level male staff are entitled to wear a [[SeriousBusiness red carnation]] (and '''not''' a variegated color as Captain Peacock found out the [[LaserGuidedKarma hard way]] in "The Old Order Changes."Changes").
2nd Jun '16 11:50:39 PM JepMasta
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* ProfessionalWrestling: "The Hero" involves an early public recognition of {{kayfabe}}, where Mr Franco from Sports Equipment (played by 60s-70s English pro wrestling star Jackie Pallo) coaches Mr Humphries (whose reasons for being in the ring are too complicated to explain) while wrestling him (setting himself up as the heel and Mr Humphries as the face).

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* ProfessionalWrestling: "The Hero" involves an early public recognition of {{kayfabe}}, where Mr Franco from Sports Equipment (played by 60s-70s English pro wrestling star "Mr. TV" Jackie Pallo) coaches Mr Humphries (whose reasons for being in the ring are too complicated to explain) while wrestling him (setting himself up as the heel and Mr Humphries as the face).
2nd Jun '16 7:13:57 PM Drcynic24
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** Whereas Mr. Harman played this role straight, it was subverted by the original character, Mr. Mash. On the rare occasion that Mash actually attempted such things, he usually would fail (such as his role in trying to get a fairer coffee break).
20th Feb '16 8:03:25 PM WillDraco
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-->'''Peacock:''' I was on the front line! Sometimes with constant shelling!
-->'''Brahms:''' And when the peas was done he'd have to get on with the potatoes.
13th Jan '16 5:15:17 PM kittenmommy
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** Mr. Humphries answering the phone (in an obviously fake very deep voice): "Menswear."
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