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Keeping Up Appearances (1990)

TV-PG Comedy 30m


Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. Centred on the life of eccentric, social-climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket, the sitcom follows her obsessive and determined attempts to impress in middle class society and portray herself as more affluent than she truly is.

The show stars Patricia Routledge, who received two BAFTA nominations for her performance as Hyacinth. Broadcast between 1990 and 1995 on BBC One, the sitcom spawned five series and 44 episodes—4 of which are Christmas specials. Keeping Up Appearances was a great success in the UK and also captivated a large audience in the US, Canada, and Australia, but production ceased in 1995 when Routledge wanted to move on to other projects. Since its original release, all five series—including Christmas specials—are available on DVD. In 2004, the sitcom was ranked 12th in the countdown of Britain's Best Sitcom. It is regularly repeated worldwide.

  1. Roy Clarke


Series Cast

  1. Patricia Routledge

    Patricia Routledge

    Hyacinth Bucket

    40 Episodes

  2. Clive Swift

    Clive Swift

    Richard Bucket

    40 Episodes

  3. Judy Cornwell

    Judy Cornwell


    40 Episodes

  4. Geoffrey Hughes

    Geoffrey Hughes


    40 Episodes

  5. Josephine Tewson

    Josephine Tewson

    Elizabeth 'Liz' Warden

    40 Episodes

  6. David Griffin

    David Griffin


    34 Episodes

  7. Mary Millar

    Mary Millar


    34 Episodes

  8. Jeremy Gittins

    Jeremy Gittins

    Michael the Vicar

    19 Episodes

  9. George Webb


    15 Episodes

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Last Season

Keeping Up Appearances

Season 5

1995 | 10 Episodes

Season 5 of Keeping Up Appearances premiered on September 3, 1995.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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