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2013-03-18 11:51:36 AM
Now he has all of eternity to stroke Mrs. Slocombe's pussy.
 
2013-03-18 12:29:21 PM
I truly has a sad.  Most of my childhood was Saturday nights with AYBS and Red Dwarf.
 
2013-03-18 12:39:12 PM
RIP stodgy man.
 
2013-03-18 12:43:14 PM
I've enjoyed that show for a couple of decades.   I still watch when I run across an episode while channel surfing.

RIP.   And say hello to Mrs. Slocombe's pussy.
 
2013-03-18 12:52:27 PM
I examined the cast list of the show. Thirteen of the actors listed as having starred in the show at some time during its run have died (though at least one died during the show's run itself).
 
2013-03-18 12:56:53 PM

Dimensio: I examined the cast list of the show. Thirteen of the actors listed as having starred in the show at some time during its run have died (though at least one died during the show's run itself).


Not too unusual for a 40 year old show with a very large cast - and the youngest member of the main cast would be 70 now (had she not died 5 years ago)
 
2013-03-18 12:57:29 PM
That's sad news. He was the last one left of the original floor staff. In fact all of the floor staff are gone except Mr Spooner.
 
2013-03-18 01:00:04 PM
92? Well played, sir.
 
2013-03-18 01:07:13 PM
I wonder if Mrs. Slocombe's pussy is still ginger...

I liked him in Gosford Park. It was such a small role with little dialogue but he did such a good job with the body language and the "Be British" stuff in a downpour.
 
2013-03-18 01:12:55 PM
Mrs. Slocombe's pussy

Well, I can certainly see why people say British TV is much more sophisticated and intelligent than American.
 
2013-03-18 01:13:13 PM
RIP funny man.  My Grandfather and I used to watch re-runs of that show on PBS.  I loved it and have since seen every episode multiple times.  You had a good run sir and godspeed!
 
2013-03-18 01:15:17 PM

discospinster: That's sad news. He was the last one left of the original floor staff. In fact all of the floor staff are gone except Mr Spooner.


Apparently, Nicholas Smith (Mr Rumbold) is still living.
 
2013-03-18 01:23:02 PM
You're a crook, Captain Hook!

/DNRTFA
 
2013-03-18 01:23:52 PM

Mad Scientist: Apparently, Nicholas Smith (Mr Rumbold) is still living.


Still living and still working. He was wonderful as the minister in Wallace and Gromit's "Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
 
2013-03-18 01:25:06 PM
What's funny, subby, is that's exactly what I demand my wife say before love making can commence.
 
2013-03-18 01:25:09 PM

Mad Scientist: discospinster: That's sad news. He was the last one left of the original floor staff. In fact all of the floor staff are gone except Mr Spooner.

Apparently, Nicholas Smith (Mr Rumbold) is still living.


Yes but he was in the office not on the floor.
 
2013-03-18 01:28:26 PM

No Such Agency: Mrs. Slocombe's pussy

Well, I can certainly see why people say British TV is much more sophisticated and intelligent than American.


i.cdn.turner.com 2.bp.blogspot.com www.eonline.com

"Amen!"
 
2013-03-18 01:32:36 PM
"Flames, f-fire, burning, burning, flames, from the side of his face..."
 
2013-03-18 01:36:59 PM

Fano: "Flames, f-fire, burning, burning, flames, from the side of his face..."


Sees what you did there, in the conservatory, with the lead pipe.
 
2013-03-18 01:38:49 PM

No Such Agency: Mrs. Slocombe's pussy

Well, I can certainly see why people say British TV is much more sophisticated and intelligent than American.


Benny Hill didn't tip you off?
 
2013-03-18 01:55:41 PM
Say hello to Young Mister Grace, Captain.

/sniff
 
2013-03-18 01:58:16 PM
They've all done very well.  <sniffle>
And check out "Last of the Summer Wine", in which Mr. Thornton appeared for a time.  Sweet and funny.
 
2013-03-18 02:01:04 PM
Got to meet Mr Humphreys several years ago at a book signing, and he was very pleasant. And one of the chief pleasures of Fark for me is to come into a thread like this that celebrates something I always considered my weird little private pleasure, only to find that scores of Farkers were enjoying it with me all along (see "Bob Ross" for another example of this phenomenon).
 
2013-03-18 02:05:54 PM

Xanadone: They've all done very well.  <sniffle>
And check out "Last of the Summer Wine", in which Mr. Thornton appeared for a time.  Sweet and funny.


Came to say this.
 
2013-03-18 02:07:11 PM

Devolving_Spud: I've enjoyed that show for a couple of decades.   I still watch when I run across an episode while channel surfing.

RIP.   And say hello to Mrs. Slocombe's pussy.



I'd like to think there was room for her pussy in Heaven.
 
2013-03-18 02:13:05 PM

No Such Agency: Mrs. Slocombe's pussy

Well, I can certainly see why people say British TV is much more sophisticated and intelligent than American.


Compare it to a American comedy from the same period...
 
2013-03-18 02:25:36 PM
"Clerks, please inspect your drawers for tidiness!"
 
2013-03-18 02:26:21 PM
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Ach!  M'pussy was up all night!  She looked dreadful.  And the smell!
 
2013-03-18 02:28:40 PM
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rickythepenguin:
  Ach!  M'pussy was up all night!  She looked dreadful.  And the smell!
 
2013-03-18 02:29:57 PM

Dimensio: I examined the cast list of the show. Thirteen of the actors listed as having starred in the show at some time during its run have died (though at least one died during the show's run itself).


Goddammit - I just farked up my post....was going through the list of cast members and noting how old and when they died and somehow hit refresh or something.


Yeah, sadly they're mostly dead. imdb does not list a death date for Nicholas Smith (Cuthbert Rumbold) though. I guess he's still alive and is 79 years old.

Mr Lucas is much older than I thought. He was the same age as Rumbold? Just a few months younger. Dead at 76 in 2011.

I suppose this means a reunion show is out of the question.
 
2013-03-18 02:36:24 PM

Barricaded Gunman: Got to meet Mr Humphreys several years ago at a book signing, and he was very pleasant. And one of the chief pleasures of Fark for me is to come into a thread like this that celebrates something I always considered my weird little private pleasure, only to find that scores of Farkers were enjoying it with me all along (see "Bob Ross" for another example of this phenomenon).


Who the hell doesn't love Bob Ross?

if only most of humanity were even half as nice as he was there would be no more war. Kim Jong Un would be threatening to plant some happy trees in South Korea instead of mindlessly threatening to nuke Washington DC.

If I had ever had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Humphries (or any otherr cast member) i probably would not have been able to resist the temptation to ask them "Are you free?".

I bet they got sick of being asked that though.
 
2013-03-18 02:49:50 PM
This is very depressing news.

My family all loved that show. It was one of my first (and longest) taste of British Comedy and I've loved it since I was a young kid (getting more and more of the jokes as time went on)

Captain Peacock was always one of my favorite characters, next to Mr. Lucas and Mr. Humphries. That whole cast was amazing....even Mr. Spooner...

loved the last episode

/it's just not the same to sign in without Captain Peacock's constant comment...
 
2013-03-18 02:55:12 PM

Lee's_Austin: I truly has a sad.  Most of my childhood was Saturday nights with AYBS and Red Dwarf.


So much this
 
2013-03-18 02:57:56 PM
Did anyone mention Mrs. Slow-cums pussy yet?
 
2013-03-18 02:59:32 PM
Really?  No one else?  Fine....

"With God as my witness, I swear I thought peacocks could fly!"
 
2013-03-18 03:12:25 PM
This show was one of the first British comedys (AbFab later)  that I didnt have to strain through the accent to understand what I was hearing.  I never could make head or tail out of EastEnders or The Young Ones as a kid.

Got my first heavy dose of AYBS in the early 90s on PBS (couldnt afford cable) upon starting my career and first getting my own place.

I'll always associate the show with my then new found independence and youth.
 
2013-03-18 03:31:26 PM
'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.
 
2013-03-18 03:38:18 PM
My family was a Nielson family for a while, even when we didn't watch the show we made sure we put it in the book, I'm pretty sure we kept the reruns airing in Indiana for years.  You're welcome fellow Hoosiers.  Come to think of it, this was the one show all four of us would watch together at like 10pm every night.
 
2013-03-18 03:50:22 PM

Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.


I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?
 
2013-03-18 03:53:23 PM
So long, Stephen Peacock...you've done VERY WELLL!

As Stephen King once said about his writing, "Are You Being Served" is salami and not caviar. But it's such  good salami. Simple sitcom structure, stock characters and situations, but done  perfectly. An episode of this will always bring my channel surfing to a stop.
 
2013-03-18 03:53:26 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?


It runs on Double Entendre and Hilarity Ensues. If you like "Three's Company" then you'll like this.
 
2013-03-18 03:57:48 PM
www.ifc.com

RIP, Captain Pea-Card.
 
2013-03-18 03:58:05 PM

BKITU: FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?

It runs on Double Entendre and Hilarity Ensues. If you like "Three's Company" then you'll like this.


Sounds good enough for me.

/got Dad's Army coming in the mail, too. Gotta love HDTVs that can handle PAL, region-free DVD players, and the UK's policy of dirt cheap complete series sets.
 
2013-03-18 04:05:07 PM

FirstNationalBastard: BKITU: FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?

It runs on Double Entendre and Hilarity Ensues. If you like "Three's Company" then you'll like this.

Sounds good enough for me.

/got Dad's Army coming in the mail, too. Gotta love HDTVs that can handle PAL, region-free DVD players, and the UK's policy of dirt cheap complete series sets.


'Are You Being Served?' is worth watching.  It is dated in some aspects, but one of the aspects about it that I like is that I have worked retail and some of what happens I've been involved with also.  Like last night I was watching an episode and Mr. Rumbold (the store manager) is yelling at the staff for coming in 15 minutes late to his early morning meeting and demands an explanation.  The explanation is "Some twit forgot to tell Security that we were coming in early so they could unlock the door."  followed by the "oh shiat" look on Mr. Rumbold's face as he was that twit.  Only my retail bosses, instead of realizing it was their mistake and moving on, would find a way to blame us for it.

'My Hero' was another one that I liked, but it was a show were the first season was good, and beyond that I cared less about Thermo-Man and more about the other characters.  Janet's dick boss was awesome.  The last season was horrible.  Just because Doctor Who can continue without the lead actor in the lead role doesn't mean all shows can.
 
2013-03-18 04:08:54 PM
Great Janitor:

'My Hero' was another one that I liked, but it was a show were the first season was good, and beyond that I cared less about Thermo-Man and more about the other characters.  Janet's dick boss was awesome.  The last season was horrible.  Just because Doctor Who can continue without the lead actor in the lead role doesn't mean all shows can.

It was a valiant try, but James Dreyfus wasn't Ardal O'Hanlon. And that was the main problem. Plus, Janet went from decent, if put-upon wife to complete biatch because of the change, which hurt the show further.
 
2013-03-18 04:18:37 PM
Oh crap, that's too bad - loved him (all of them actually) on Are You Being Served. No one could do a look of pure indignation better than Captain Peacock.

Rest in peace, Mr. Frank Thornton.  You were definitely enjoyed.
 
2013-03-18 04:24:57 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?


Yeah. Other worthwhile British shows not mentioned yet in the thread include The Good Life, Bottom, Spaced, Black Books, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and Men Behaving Badly.
 
2013-03-18 04:28:12 PM

thisispete: FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?

Yeah. Other worthwhile British shows not mentioned yet in the thread include The Good Life, Bottom, Spaced, Black Books, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and Men Behaving Badly.


I also suggest Miranda, Hyperdrive, The IT Crowd and The Inbetweeners.
 
2013-03-18 04:36:26 PM
It's a shame to hear this.  I always really enjoyed AYBS growing up.  It has gotten dated looking now but the jokes and wordplay are still funny as always.

I would also recommend the later seasons of Last of the Summer Wine if you want to see more of his work.  He plays a retired Scotland Yard detective and gets into all kinds of mis-adventures.  It's less dialog gags and more physical humor, definitely a departure from AYBS, but I really enjoy it.  It still comes on PBS all the time around here.
 
2013-03-18 04:37:51 PM

Great Janitor: thisispete: FirstNationalBastard: Great Janitor: 'Are You Being Served?' was one of the first Britcoms that I started watching.  Back then PBS showed hours of British comedy and it was great, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, Are You Being Served?, Coupling, Vicar of Dibley, many others.

For me, my favorite parts of the show all included Miss Brahms.

I just got into the Britcoms recently, after the local PBS station started up a digital subchannel dedicated to showing only British shows.

Loved Yes, (Prime) Minister, My Hero was decent, Father Ted was hilarious, Good Neighbors and Allo Allo seem to be worth a look... haven't gotten around to Are You Being Served? yet.

Is it worth tracking down?

Yeah. Other worthwhile British shows not mentioned yet in the thread include The Good Life, Bottom, Spaced, Black Books, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and Men Behaving Badly.

I also suggest Miranda, Hyperdrive, The IT Crowd and The Inbetweeners.


Miranda Hart is PAINFULLY unfunny. Like a watered down fuglier Jo Brand.
 
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