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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."

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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]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d 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."



* 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.


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* UptownGirl: The Honourable Teddy is a gender-inversion to 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 [[UnresolvedSexualTension Sexual Tension]] remains Unresolved.

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* HaughtyHelp: The servants are deferential to their employers, but have their own hierarchy of snobbery. In particular, James the valet and Mrs Lipton the cook can both be quite unpleasant towards Mabel the charwoman and Henry the boot-boy, who are at the bottom of the heap. By contrast, Mr Stokes the butler (nominally at the top of the servant hierarchy) is usually quite nice to the junior staff, only taking a hard line when it's necessary to keep up appearances. A certain amount of the conflict between him and James comes from their differing attitudes on this subject -- Stokes is something of a closet socialist, proud of his working class background and secretly disdainful of his wealthy employers, while James fully believes in the class system and his place it it.


** 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.

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** * 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.



* HiddenDepths: James Broach-In-The-Ass' human side, for example his hopeless love for Poppy or his troubled family background.

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* HiddenDepths: James Broach-In-The-Ass' James' human side, for example his hopeless love for Poppy or his troubled family background.


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 ''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."

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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 ''UpstairsDownstairs'' ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' and the Literature/JeevesAndWooster ''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."


''You rang, M'Lord?'' as sung by Bob Monkhouse

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''You rang, M'Lord?'' as sung by Bob Monkhouse
M'Lord?''


''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 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.

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''You rang, M'Lord?''

M'Lord?'' as sung by Bob Monkhouse

''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.



** "That'll be nice."

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** "That'll be nice."nice(!)"



** "I can't remember the last time I've had ..."

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** "I can't remember the last time I've I had ..."

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* PlayingGertrude: Paul Shane and Su Pollard played father and daughter, but were only nine years apart in age.


[[caption-width-right:350:The "below stairs" characters. Clockwise from left: Mabel, PC Wilson, James, Ivy, Mrs Lipton, Alf.]]



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 thanks them for heroically saving his life.

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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.



The rest of the below stairs staff comprise Mrs Lipton, the cook, Henry the boot-boy, and Mabel, the charwoman, who's looked down on by the other servants. The family are Teddy's older brother, Lord Meldrum; his mother-in-law, the senile Lady Lavender with an alcohol problem; and his two daughters, Poppy and Cissy, respectively a spoiled flapper and a crossdressing, lesbian aviator and socialist. Other characters appear in almost all episodes, including the local policeman Constable Wilson and Lord Meldrum's mistress, Lady Agatha.

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The rest of the below stairs staff comprise Mrs Lipton, Lipton the cook, cook (Brenda Cowling), Henry Livingstone the boot-boy, boot-boy (Perry Benson), and Mabel, Mabel Wheeler the charwoman, charwoman (Barbara New), who's looked down on by the other servants. The family are Teddy's older brother, Lord Meldrum; Meldrum (Donald Hewlett); his senile, alcoholic mother-in-law, the senile Lady Lavender with an alcohol problem; (Mavis Pugh); and his two daughters, Poppy and Cissy, 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.
Agatha Shawcross (Angela Scoular).





* DeadpanSnarker: Henry and Cissy. Sometimes Mabel and Stokes.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Henry Mostly Mabel, Henry, Cissy, and Cissy. Sometimes Mabel Stokes. But James, George, and Stokes.Teddy also have their moments.


'''''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 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.

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'''''You ''You Rang, M'Lord?''''' 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 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.





''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 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.

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''You '''''You Rang, M'Lord?'' 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 1920s, and centred around an aristocratic family and their servants.


* 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.

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* 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.
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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.

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* 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 say, Series/DowntonAbbey, you would at least expect there to be more than one maid.

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* 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.


* 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.

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In tears, Ivy tells 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 that because she loves him she'd be happy for him and Miss Poppy, although they clearly like each other his sense of propriety and her stubbornness means neither is prepared to be with Poppy if Poppy didn't treat him so badly.do anything about it and the {{UST}} remains unresolved.



* 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.



* 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.



* RunningGag: Teddy chasing maids, Mabel trying to scrounge food from the other servants and being thwarted.

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* RunningGag: Teddy chasing maids, Mabel trying to scrounge food from the other servants and being thwarted.thwarted, Henry getting smacked round the back of the head.

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