Are You Being Served? (Australian TV series)
show_name = Are You Being Served?
format = Sitcom
runtime = 30 minutes
Jeremy Lloyd& David Croft
John Inman June Bronhill Shane Bourne Christine Amor
num_series = Two
num_episodes = 16
imdb_id = 0080192
Australian version of British sitcom" Are You Being Served?" was produced by Network Tenin 1980- 1981. It ran for 16 episodes until 1981. The draw-card was the presence of actor John Inmanreprising his role of Mr. Humphries from the original series. The other characters were all directly based on the regular characters in the show's original version, but were all given new names. Stavordale, Peter. "Opera Star June For New Comedy Series.", TV Week. 9 February 1980, page 27]
In comparison to the original series Inman described this version of the series as "tighter - there's less padding." "The Cheek of it all Comes Out Again.",
TV Week. 29 November 1980, page 2]
The premise had Mr Humphries (Inman) moving to Australia and taking a sales job at the Bone Brothers Department Store. Apart from the new setting and Australian rather than English characters, the characters and situation were almost identical to that of the original series, as were the set design and layout and even the costuming (down to the senior sales woman's ever-changing hair colours and the female assistants' uniforms). Menswear and ladies apparel shared a floor of a large city department store and the departments came into regular conflict. The staff on the floor were the pompous floor-walker Captain Wagstaff (
Reg Gillam), crusty senior salesman Mr Mankowitz ( Anthony Bazell), a randy sales junior Mr Randel ( Shane Bourne), the strident older sales woman Mrs Crawford ( June Bronhill) and the attractive but brassy and common younger sales woman Miss Wigglesworth. Basil Clarke portrayed the store's owner Mr Bone, Reg Evanswas the obnoxious cleaner Mr Cocker, and Kerry Danielplayed a nurse.
For the final series, produced in late 1980, original regular cast members
Judith Woodroffe, who was Mrs Crawford's attractive junior Miss Wigglesworth, and Peter Collingwoodwho had played the Mr Rumbold-like store manager Mr Gilbert, were unavailable. The replace them, Christine Amorwas the new, brassy young female retail assistant Miss Nicholls, and Ken Fraser came in as Mr Fenwick.
The series has sometimes been rerun under the title "Are You Being Served Down Under."
The show was mentioned many times on the radio show
Get This. It was stated on that show that the master tapes for the series have gone missing, preventing any future DVD release. The National Film and Sound Archivedoes in fact contain copies of each episode in its vault.
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/summary/summary.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;page=0;parentid=;query=are%20you%20being%20served;querytype=;resCount=20 Are You Being Served? at the National Film and Sound Archive]
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