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Tea Time Tidbit for the week of November 6, 2017

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The cast of Are You Being Served?

On Friday, November 10 we bid farewell to Ballykissangel which will be taking a break. It will be replaced, beginning Monday, November 13th, with two side-splitting comedy series; Are You Being Served?, which airs at 3:30pm weekdays, and Still Open All Hours, which airs at 4pm weekdays.

If you’re an Are You Being Served? fan, or new to the show, you won’t want to miss Monday’s episode as it’s the very first pilot episode of this perennial favorite. It stars all of the old favorites, including John Inman as Mr. Humphries, Mollie Sugden as Mrs. Slocombe, Arthur Brough as Mr. Grainger, Frank Thornton as Captain Peacock, Wendy Richard as Miss Brahms, Nicholas Smith as Mr. Rumbold, Harold Bennett as Young Mr. Grace and Trevor Bannister as Mr. Lucas.

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John Inman, Trevor Bannister
and Frank Thornton

When AYBS was originally created, Trevor Bannister, was meant to be the show’s lead character; an ordinary guy surrounded by quirky co-workers. As you watch the series from the beginning you’ll see how over time the role of Mr. Lucas is somewhat reduced, while the other roles are expanded. Eventually the show evolves into a true ensemble piece.

The pilot episode airing November 13th, actually aired twice in the U.K. – the first time on September 8, 1972 when the BBC needed to air something at short notice after their coverage of the Summer Olympics was interrupted by the Munich massacre. It aired again the following March, when it kicked off the first of ten series.

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David Jason as Granville

AYBS will be followed at 4pm by Still Open All Hours. This is the 30-year-in-the-making spin-off series to Open All Hours. David Jason, who starred as corner shopkeeper Arkwright’s delivery ‘boy’, Granville, in the original series, is now the owner of the shop. Other original characters include Nurse Gladys, Mavis and Mrs. Featherstone.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
Address: Afternoon Tea
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Owings Mills, MD 21117

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