[[caption-width-right:350:The "below stairs" characters. Clockwise from left: Mabel, PC Wilson, James, Ivy, Mrs Lipton, Alf.]]
->''From Mayfair to Park Lane,''\\
''You will hear the same refrain,''\\
''In every house, again, again,''\\
''You rang, M'Lord?''

''You Rang, M'Lord?'' was a BritCom in the early 1990s. Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and featuring many cast members from their previous comedies ''Series/HiDeHi'' and ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'', the show was set in a London townhouse in the late 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.

The pilot, broadcast two years before the series properly began, opens with a prologue set during World War I, where a soldier called Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) robs the body of a fallen officer, to the disgust of his reluctant partner in crime James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland). He plans to use the body as a [[HumanShield human shield]] but the officer isn't dead after all: recovering in hospital, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles) thanks them for heroically saving his life.

Nine years later, James is Teddy's valet with aspirations of promotion to household butler, until Stokes - who's been performing with his daughter Ivy (Su Pollard) in a music hall act - applies for the position with references he blackmailed out of a former employer. Stokes gets Ivy a position as a maid in the household, warning her not to reveal that he's her father, and pointing out to James that anything he might say to discredit him would incriminate himself.

The rest of the below stairs staff comprise Mrs Lipton the cook (Brenda Cowling), Henry Livingstone the boot-boy (Perry Benson), and Mabel Wheeler the charwoman (Barbara New), who's looked down on by the other servants. The family are Teddy's older brother, Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett); his senile, alcoholic mother-in-law, Lady Lavender (Mavis Pugh); and his two daughters, Poppy and Cissy (Susie Brann and Catherine Rabett), respectively a spoiled flapper and a crossdressing, lesbian aviator and socialist. Other characters appear in almost all episodes, including the local policeman Constable Wilson (Bill Pertwee) and Lord Meldrum's mistress, Lady Agatha Shawcross (Angela Scoular).

The four series, 26 episodes in all, are a mix between standard sitcom plotlines (Stokes has stolen some money and hidden it in a vase, but it's been sent to the church auction), ongoing story arcs (Ivy's unrequited love for James, Teddy's obsession with servant girls that leads to him eloping with one) and social commentary on the 1920s class system. The series is reminiscent of both the drama series ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' and the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' novels: the latter is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] several times in the series, most obviously when Stokes responds to Teddy's [[ZanyScheme convoluted plan]] for getting out of his arranged marriage with "I think perhaps, you've been reading too much Creator/PGWodehouse, sir."

Unusually for a British sitcom, the episodes were 50 minutes long: while this allowed for more complex plots, this has been cited as a reason for why the show has been less frequently repeated than other comedies.
!!This series provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: At least cruelly strict boys. Ivy.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Henry loves Ivy, Ivy loves James, James loves Poppy. Madge loves Teddy, Teddy loves Ivy...
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Cissy really does rather suit those dinner suits.
* BlackComedyRape
** Teddy is obsessed with maids and has got Ivy's five predecessors pregnant. It's taken for granted that he'll try the same with Ivy, even though she's horrified at the idea. Teddy also causes a major problem at one of Lord Meldrum's businesses by sexually assaulting two female factory workers.
** The staff implies that Cissy is equally threatening, if not worse, though she's a perfect [[WholesomeCrossdresser gentleman]].
* BreakTheCutie:
** When Poppy was trying to ruin the ball for Ivy.
** When Lady Agatha dumped George and made him cry.
* BreakTheHaughty: James and Poppy in the servants' ball.
* ButtMonkey: Henry and Mabel share the role.
* CatchPhrase: About once an episode:
** "Least said, soonest mended."
** "That'll be nice(!)"
** "That's what you ''always'' say, Mrs Lipton."
** "...starched aprons and scrubbed shiny faces..."
** "Can I have a cup/bit of your excellent tea/cherry cake, Mrs. Lipton?"
** "I can't remember the last time I had ..."
** (Anyone to Ivy after she announces she's been to Cissy's room) "You didn't stop long, did you?"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lady Lavender.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Sir Ralph, though he has a reason to be.
* TheCutie: Ivy, Lady Marigold.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly Mabel, Henry, Cissy, and Stokes. But James, George, and Teddy also have their moments.
* DirtyCommunists: subverted. Stokes and Cissy are both openly communist, and when Cissy takes over the family business in the finale she makes it far more successful by running it "like they do in Russia".
* DoggedNiceGuy: Henry for Ivy, James for Poppy.
* DoubleStandard: James gets himself in hot water with Poppy for defending Mrs Lipton against Poppy's criticism, claiming that he couldn't stand to see her humiliated, oblivious to the fact that he and Mrs Lipton are equally are harsh towards Henry, Mabel and (sometimes) Ivy.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Teddy plans to get out of marrying Madge (the employer of his real love, Rose) by letting her believe he's impotent; she has her way with him instead. Although the character seems distressed, it's very much played for laughs.
* EconomyCast: The servant body is surprisingly small, consisting only of Stokes, James, Ivy, Mrs Lipton, Henry and Mabel. Although the house isn't huge, compared to say, Series/DowntonAbbey, you would at least expect there to be more than one maid.
* FakeOutMakeOut: James and Ivy in the cinema, when Lady Agatha enters with her lover.
* FawltyTowersPlot: Stokes' schemes usually end up as this.
* FemmeFatale: Poppy for James.
* ForegoneConclusion - After [[spoiler: the family losing most of their fortune]] in the last few episodes things seem to be looking up, and in one of the last scenes Lord Meldrum cheerfully says that he thinks the next year will be a very good one for them. The next year is 1929; the Wall Street crash is only months away.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting
* GrumpyOldMan: Sir Ralph.
* HiddenDepths: James' human side, for example his hopeless love for Poppy or his troubled family background.
* InterclassRomance: Between the Honourable Teddy and Rose the maid. Although Teddy chases maids in general, his feelings for Rose seem to be genuine. Averted with James and Miss Poppy, although they clearly like each other his sense of propriety and her stubbornness means neither is prepared to do anything about it and the {{UST}} remains unresolved.
* IfICantHaveYou: Sir Ralph.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Poppy all over.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In tears, Ivy tells James that because she loves him she'd be happy for him to be with Poppy if Poppy didn't treat him so badly.
* TheJeeves: Technically ''James'' is the valet, but Stokes is very much the Jeeves.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Ivy.
* LoveMartyr: James for Poppy, Ivy for James, Henry for Ivy, George for Agatha.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Sir Ralph curses Lord Meldrum with a home-made voodoo doll over his affair with Lady Agatha. [[spoiler: Lord Meldrum's business goes under]] and the house is struck with a run of bad luck, it's not clear whether the curse actually worked or if it was all just coincidental.
* NaiveNewcomer: Ivy joins the staff in the pilot, having never worked in service before.
* PlayingGertrude: Paul Shane and Su Pollard played father and daughter, but were only nine years apart in age.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Cissy
* RunningGag: Teddy chasing maids, Mabel trying to scrounge food from the other servants and being thwarted, Henry getting smacked round the back of the head.
* {{Schemer}}: Alf.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', of all things: on Cissy's poetry reading evening one of the artists plays the iconic theme on her cello.
* ASinisterClue: Inverted. Ivy is left-handed.
* TheSpock: James.
* SpoiledBrat: Poppy.
* StoryArc: To a surprising degree for a SituationComedy.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "You're not [having an affair with another man], are you?" "What woman of my age would want to carry on with a man ''twenty'' years younger than herself?"
* TimeSkip: 1918 to 1927 in the pilot, and a "one year later" in the finale.
* UpperClassTwit: Teddy, Jerry, most of the friends of the younger members of the household.
* WelcomeEpisode
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Cissy dresses as an English gent throughout the series.