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  • Creator Backlash: Patricia Routledge does not approve of the Young Hyacinth prequel special, as she felt the BBC was running out of ideas by revisiting old programmes. Kerry Howard, who played Hyacinth in the special, defended it by saying that it's not a remake or reboot of the show, but a side story that rounds out the character.
  • Dawson Casting: Mary Millar plays the youngest sister but was the second-oldest of the actresses.
  • I Am Not Spock:
    • Clive Swift was very much a straight example. In one interview to Doctor Who Magazine during his appearance in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, he is quoted as telling fans of the show to fuck off if they ask him so much as a question regarding his time as Richard.
    • Patricia Routledge ended the series because she didn't want to be typecast as Hyacinth, as she had an impressive body of stage work beforehand. She also had to deal with lots of people assuming she was just like Hyacinth in real life.
    • Averted with Geoffrey Hughes (Onslow) and Judy Cornwell (Daisy) who reprised their characters from the show over the years during fundraising drives for PBS in the US, where it remains shown weekly and quite popular.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Patricia Routledge is a musical veteran and can sing. Hyacinth cannot.
    • Despite Richard being shown attending church with Hyacinth, Clive Swift was actually Jewish.
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  • The Other Darrin: Rose was played by Shirley Stelfox in the first series and then by Mary Millar in all later series.
  • Recycled Script: Writer Roy Clarke also did Last of the Summer Wine, and Edie in that show comes across as similar to Hyacinth—except that her attempt at an upper-class facade cracks far more easily.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There's legend of a Missing Episode known as "The Bishop Affair" that would have been the finale of the series.
  • Word of Dante: Patricia Routledge has stated that she thinks Hyacinth and Richard really are Happily Married in spite of his frequent annoyance with her antics, and that he does appreciate her keeping a nice house and putting dinner on the table every evening.


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