Grace and Favour
The Spin off from Are You Being Served, Grace And Favour was actually an idea suggested by the cast of the original series when it ended in 1985, that there should be a spin off.
The writers thought the idea had possibilities but the department store format had been exhausted ( by the mid eighties they had become a little old fashioned) and as such any spin off would require a new setting. Despite all this it took almost seven years before any new show came about.
In 1992 the cast of Grace Brothers returned in “Grace And Favour” which ran for 12 episodes over two series. The series was also broadcast in the USA where it was entitled “Are You Being Served Again”
Regretatably none of the original cast are still with us.
Young Mr. Grace, head of Grace Brothers Department Store, recently passed away. He has died whilst on holiday in the Carribean with his personal secretary, Miss Jessica Lovelock. In hiswill, the remaining workers at Grace Brothers’ closing sale (coincidentally, most of the staff who were present in the original series) are named co-beneficiaries.
Their pension funds have been invested in a number of antiquated businesses, the largest of which is a country manor house called Millstone Manor. The will stipulates that the house cannot be sold and the profits shared, but the property can be used in a manner of their choosing. After a trip to Millstone Manor to view the property, where they also learn their pensions are minuscule, they decide to live in the manor in order to run it as an inn and live off the proceeds.
It is worth noting to Are You Being Served fans that in this series we finally meet Mrs Slocombe’s pussy (cat).
Written By: David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd
Original Transmission Details: 10th January 1992 – 8th February 1993
Mollie Sugden – Mrs Slocombe
John Inman – Mr Humphries
Wendy Richard – Miss Brahms
Frank Thornton – Captain Peacock
Nicholas Smith – Mr Rumbold
Fleur Bennett – Mavis Moulterd
Michael Bilton – Mr Thorpe
Shirley Cheriton – Miss Prescott
Gregory Cox – Mr Frobisher
Andrew Barclay – Malcom Heathcliff
Diane Holland – Celia Littlewood
Andrew Joseph – Joseph Lee
Eric Dodson – Sir Robert
Maggie Holland – Mrs Cleghampton