Played with aplomb by Patricia Routledge, Hyacinth is a character with few, if any, saving graces. Her pompous, self-serving attitude makes life miserable for all around her.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced “Bouquet”. The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinth's vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility. The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects. All episodes have since been released on DVD. Keeping Up Appearances was a great success in the UK, and also captured large audiences in the US, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. By February 2016, it had been sold nearly 1,000 times to overseas broadcasters, making it BBC Worldwide's most exported television programme. Domestically, it placed 12th in the Britain's Best Sitcom poll of 2004. It has been syndicated on Gold and Drama in the UK; on PBS in the United States; and on 7TWO in Australia. In September 2016, BBC One transmitted a 30-minute prequel, titled Young Hyacinth, in which Kerry Howard plays 19-year-old Hyacinth Walton, who is working as a maid in 1950s Britain.
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United States – Region 1 My Way or the Hyacinth Way (volume 1) – released 18 March 2003 (contains the complete series 1) Hints from Hyacinth (volume 2) – released 18 March 2003 (contains episodes 1–5 from series 2) Home is Where the Hyacinth Is (volume 3) – released 18 March 2003 (contains episodes 6–10 from series 2) Deck the Halls with Hyacinth (volume 4) – released 18 March 2003 (contains all 4 Christmas Specials from 1991, 1993, 1994 & 1995) Hyacinth in Full Bloom – released 18 March 2003 (contains volumes 1–4) Everything's Coming Up Hyacinth (volume 5) – released 3 February 2004 (contains the complete series 3) Some Like it Hyacinth (volume 6) – released 3 February 2004 (contains the complete series 4) Living the Hyacinth Life (volume 7) – released 3 February 2004 (contains episodes 1–6 from series 5) Hats Off to Hyacinth (volume 8) – released 3 February 2004 (contains episodes 7–10 from series 5 & the special “The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket”) Hyacinth Springs Eternal – released 3 February 2004 (contains volumes 5–8) The Full Bouquet – released 7 September 2004 (complete series – contains volumes 1–8) The Full Bouquet: Special Edition – released 9 September 2008 (complete series re-release, everything from volumes 1–8 & special “Life Lessons from Onslow”) Life Lessons from Onslow – released 9 September 2008 Collector's Edition – 5 November 2013 (contains all 5 series and every special) United Kingdom – Region 2 Series 1 & 2 – released 7 March 2003 Series 3 & 4 – released 16 February 2004 (includes the 1991 Christmas special) Series 5 – released 26 December 2006 (includes Christmas Specials from 1993, 1994 & 1995) The Essential Collection – released 8 October 2007 (complete series) The Complete Collection – released 23 September 2013 (complete series re-release, slimmer version) Christmas Specials – released 3 November 2014 (contains all 4 Christmas specials) Australia – Region 4 Series 1 & 2 – released 1 September 2003 Series 3 & 4 – released 8 July 2004 Series 5 – released 3 November 2005 Christmas Specials – released 11 November 2005 The Complete Series – released 2005 Life Lessons from Onslow – released 15 April 2010
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