Keeping Up Appearances
Patricia Routledge stars as Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced boo-KAY), who is in a class of her own, so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she goes to incredible lengths in her quest for perfection. In marked contrast: the rest of her family.
Father Christmas (1991 Christmas Special) (#141) Duration: 29:20 TVG
Hyacinth roars into the Christmas season. She manages to get poor Richard into a Father Christmas outfit but then has to confront a very drunken Daddy, who is making passes at the parish ladies in the church rectory. To make matters worse, there is a case of mistaken identity that culminates with her kissing under the mistletoe with a most unexpected partner.
Country B.B.Q. (#119) Duration: 29:21 TVPG
Hyacinth borrows a holiday cottage in the country for the weekend and plans a small barbecue. Small, that is, only by comparison with the planning efforts used by Churchill in the last war.
Travel Brochures (#120) Duration: 29:09 TVPG
According to Hyacinth, the one thing she cannot stand is snobbery, people trying to pretend they are superior. As she logically concludes, "That only makes it so much harder for those of us who really are."
Camera Hobby (#121) Duration: 29:03 TVPG
Hyacinth has determined that Richard needs a hobby and plunks down a video camera before him. She admonishes him to go off and "be artistic," an instruction she will soon live to regret.
Art Gallery (#122) Duration: 29:29 TVPG
Hyacinth and Richard have been invited to a showing at an art gallery, and she hones up by reading books on art. Her polish stands to be stripped, however, when her father sneaks into the exhibit and begins mingling with the art lovers.