- Are You Being Served? also had a stage version, which ran at Blackpool's Winter Gardens Theatre in the Summer of 1976, and this supplied the basic idea for a movie spin-off in 1977.
- A partial remake of Are You Being Served? ran for two series in Australia, in which John Inman reprised his role as Mr Humphries, but the others were based on the UK characters, renamed, and recast. It ran on Network 10 for 16 episodes between Monday, June 16th, 1980 and an unknown date in early 1981.
- Finally, there was a sequel series entitled Grace and Favour (UK) aka Are You Being Served Again! (North America) which ran for two six-part series between Friday, January 10th, 1992 and Monday, February 8th, 1993.
|John in Grace and Favour,|
|John in October 2006,|
aged 71. He would be
dead in five months
|Mollie in Grace and Favour, aged 72|
|Mollie as she appeared in the 1996|
series of The Liver Birds. She was 74
here and had gained weight due to her
medication for rheumatism
|With Ron Moody in The Bill in July 2003,|
her final acting appearance, aged 81
Four months later she appeared in an episode of Little Britain as herself, the pay-off to an ongoing joke in the series in which the character of Liz is always bragging that she was a bridesmaid at Mollie Sugden's wedding. The real Mollie turns up to say that she only had one bridesmaid at her wedding, called Helen, and Liz promptly throws a knife in Mollie's back in spite!
|Pictured in March 2009 at|
Wendy Richard's funeral.
|Frank pictured in 2009,|
aged 89, and (inset) in Run
for Your Wife in 2012
After Last of the Summer Wine, Frank had only one further, brief, acting appearance, as Man Getting Off Bus in the British film Run for Your Wife in 2012, when he was aged 91.
|Wendy as Pauline Fowler in|
the year 2013 in a 3D Doctor
Who special from 1993
After leaving EastEnders, Wendy had only two more roles - firstly as Sylvia in the fifth series of sitcom Benidorm in April 2008, and finally as Mrs Crump in Agatha Christie's Marple: A Pocketful of Rye, broadcast posthumously on July 5th, 2009, just over four months after her death.
|Wendy in her final two acting roles - in Benidorm (2008) and|
an adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery A Pocketful of
Rye, broadcast posthumously in 2009
|As Wendy appeared when suffering from|
cancer in To Tell You the Truth, filmed
in the last months of her life in 2009
Wendy finally succumbed to the disease which had plagued her for the last 13 years on February 26th, 2009, aged 65. She died at a Harley Street clinic with her husband John at her side. Her funeral took place on March 9th at St Marylebone Parish Church in London, and was attended by many of her EastEnders and Are You Being Served? co-stars. She was cremated at Golders Green, and in July 2009 a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Heritage Foundation at the Shepherds Tavern in London, which Wendy's parents had run after World War Two.
Died: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Cause of death: Complications following a fall
|Nicholas in Grace and|
Nicholas's career since Grace and Favour saw him play Mr Spottletoe in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, and play various characters in the leftfield sketch show Revolver (see John Inman's entry above for more). He also did a fair bit of voice acting, including The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and The Golden Compass video game (2007).
|Nicholas as Professor Quakermass (2010)|
Nicholas last appeared on British television as part of the December 2011 tribute to sitcom writer David Croft, entitled You Have Been Watching, but in 2013, at the age of 79, he made a trip to Pretoria in South Africa, where he was interviewed as part of host Ed Sutkowski's series Interesting People.
In October 2015, Nicholas suffered a fall at his home and was hospitalised for seven weeks, but sadly passed away on December 6th, at the age of 81. He was the last surviving member of the original Are You Being Served? line-up.
* In the 1974 episode The Clock, Mr Mash refers to Mr Lucas as James. However, Mr Lucas's first name is given as Dick (short for Richard) in the 1977 episode The Old Order Changes (much to Mr Humphries' delight), and in the 1978 episode Shedding the Load he signs a letter as Dick Lucas.
|Trevor in The Dustbinmen, aged 35|
He did have the occasional role in other series during his eight-year run in Are You Being Served? (including Crossroads (1974), The Tomorrow People (1975) and Only on Sunday (1975)), but after the 1979 Christmas special, The Punch and Judy Affair, Trevor accepted a role in a touring production of the Roger Hall play Middle-Age Spread, and so was unable to film the eighth series of the sitcom. Mr Lucas's departure was never explained, although in the 1981 episode Sit Out, in reference to falling sales at the store, Captain Peacock does refer to having "fired the junior".
|With Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard|
at John Inman's funeral in March 2007
In 2006 he appeared in five episodes of soap Coronation Street as David, solicitor to Mike and Danny Baldwin, and also had guest roles in Casualty (2009) and New Tricks (2011). His role as a retired pathologist in the latter series was broadcast posthumously, just under three months after his death.
|Trevor with Brian Murphy, Russ Abbot|
and Burt Kwouk in Last of the Summer
Wine, circa 2009
On April 14th, 2011, Trevor suffered a heart attack while on his allotment in Thames Ditton and died, aged 76. In his obituary, co-star Frank Thornton said the last time he'd seen him was at his 90th birthday party in January 2011. "He was a very good friend over a long time. We shall miss him sorely," he said.
Before being cast in Are You Being Served?'s pilot in 1972, Arthur had been an active member of the theatrical community. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the 1920s, he and his wife rented a a repertory theatre in Folkestone in Kent, UK, and set up the Arthur Brough Players. When the theatre set up its own rep company, Arthur moved on and established new repertory companies in Bradford, Bristol, Blackpool, Keighley, Leeds, Lincoln, Oxford and Southampton.
|Arthur Brough in his mid-30s during World|
War Two (left) and as the landlord in
the 1956 film The Green Man, aged 51
The seventh and final episode of Are You Being Served?'s fifth series, It Pays to Advertise, was broadcast on Good Friday, April 8th, 1977. However, almost a year later, on Easter Sunday, March 26th, 1978, Arthur's wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Addyman, died aged 66, and her devastated widower announced he was giving up acting. He went to stay with his daughter for a few days in the aftermath of Elizabeth's death, where he was contacted by Are You Being Served?'s writers David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd to say they were writing him into the forthcoming sixth series, due to be recorded that autumn.
Cause of death: Heart attack
Before he found fame in Are You Being Served?, Harold had already had quite a colourful and varied career, and not always in the acting profession. In the 1910s he toured North America as a clown with a circus, and later became an English teacher at London's Working Men's College before World War One broke out and he served as a horseback and motorcycle courier.
|A distinguished looking Harold|
Bennett in a publicity shot in
his younger years (1960s?)
His earliest screen credit is in the Wednesday Play Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (December 1965), in which he was already being credited as Old Man. He enjoyed various minor, sometimes uncredited, roles in series such as Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Strange Report (1969) and Doomwatch (1971), and also put in a memorably amusing turn as the seemingly deathless Archdeacon Pulteney in the Ghost Story for Christmas The Stalls of Barchester in 1971.
Harold did, however, hit upon another regular character in a BBC sitcom years before Are You Being Served? came along. In 1969 he first played Sidney Blewitt in Dad's Army for the first time, and made 12 return appearances between then and 1977. During his nine years on Are You Being Served? he could also be seen in Clayhanger (1976), Mollie Sugden's woeful sitcom Come Back, Mrs Noah (1978) and Oh Happy Band (1980).
|Harold's signature. Whether he|
signed it as shakily as Young Mr
Grace might, or whether that was
his real handwriting, who knows!
So what was the difference in age between Young and Old Mr Grace? Well, it's typically unclear. In Series 4 it was stated that Young Mr Grace was 80 (so, born in 1896), but in the Series 5 episode Founder's Day it is said he was born in 1897. Moreover, during Series 6 in 1978 it is stated that he is 80 years old then, so it seems Young Mr Grace was born at some point between 1896-1898.
As for Old Mr Grace, it is stated in the 1981 Christmas special that he is 90, making him born in 1891. At least the various facts in the show do confirm that Young Mr Grace is younger than Old Mr Grace, even if the actors weren't!
Larry had had an enviable career before joining Are You Being Served? with its pilot in 1972, stemming back to the late 1950s. Some of the more high profile entries on his CV include The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), Up the Junction (1968), Carry On At Your Convenience (1971) and four episodes of Dad's Army (1969-72). It's also interesting to note that Larry replaced the late actor James Beck in the role of Private Walker in the BBC radio version of Dad's Army in 1973.
|Larry aged 27 in Partners in Crime (1961)|
and in the sitcom Spring and Autumn in
July 1974, aged 40 (and looking more like
Mr Lucas without his Mr Mash wig!)
After both series ended, Larry went on to have roles in series such as Rings on Their Fingers (1978), The Jim Davidson Show (1980), West End Tales (1981) and Minder (1982). He appeared in a slew of sitcoms throughout the 1980s, with his final acting appearance being in his third episode of police series The Bill, on May 25th, 1993, as a pub landlord.
Larry passed away of undisclosed causes at the age of 60 at home in St Mary's Bay in Kent in August 1994.
Cause of death: Emphysema
* Mr Harman is referred to Harry in some of his earlier appearances, but in 1983's episode Monkey Business, when Mr Rumbold calls him Harry, he says his name is actually Beverley, "but it's the thought that counts". He is also referred to as Beverley in the last ever episode, The Pop Star, in 1985, so maybe Harry is just a knickname derived from his surname?
Sitcom favourite Arthur had already had roles in the likes of Dad's Army (1970), Bless This House (1971) and For the Love of Ada (1972) before replacing Larry Martyn as the Grace Brothers' maintenance man in Series 4 of Are You Being Served?, a role he played for 48 episodes right through until the series ended in 1985.
|As Bert in The Hi-Jackers|
(1963), aged 44
|As Arthur in In Sickness|
and in Health
Arthur died from complications stemming from emphysema in April 1995, aged 75. A funeral was held at St Michael's Church in Aldershot and he was cremated at the Park Crematorium, with his ashes interred in the same plot as his first wife, Ivy, who had died in 1975. His second wife was dancer Teresa Mann, who he'd met in pantomime in Wimbledon in 1977, when she was just 22 and he was 58. In 1981 they had a child together (Claire-Louise English, whose godfather was John Inman), but the marriage was dissolved in 1987.
One of Arthur's lesser known legacies is that he designed the phoenix rising from the ashes on the emblem of Aldershot Town Football Club, which was formed from what was Aldershot FC in 1992. Arthur had been their president.
There were other series regulars in Are You Being Served?'s 13-year run, but the actors above appeared most regularly, whereas the following were more short-lived or lesser known...
|Mr Goldberg (Alfie Bass), Mr Tebbs (James Hayter), Mr Grossman (Milo Sperber)|
and Mr Spooner (Mike Berry)
Alfie Bass, who played Harry Goldberg, a replacement for Mr Tebbs in Series 7 only, was born in Bethnal Green, London, on April 10th, 1916 and died of a heart attack on July 15th, 1987, aged 71. Mr Goldberg was initially taken on as a junior menswear salesman after Mr Humphries was promoted to senior salesman to replace Mr Tebbs, and Mr Lucas was promoted to replace Mr Humphries, but after Mr Goldberg got all his friends to buy from the store on his first day, he was promoted to senior salesman and the other two were demoted!
Milo Sperber, who played Mr Grossman and transferred from the shoe department for four episodes in Series 8 only, was born in Poland on March 20th, 1911, and died in London on December 22nd, 1992, aged 81. Milo fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1939.
Mike Berry, who played Bert Spooner, a replacement for Mr Lucas in Series 8, 9 & 10, was born in Northampton on September 24th, 1942. Mike had actually enjoyed very different success in the UK music charts when, between 1961-67, he released several singles produced by Joe Meek, the greatest hit being Don't You Think It's Time, which reached number 6 in 1962. He had later UK singles chart hits with The Sunshine of Your Smile (number 9 in 1980) and If I Could Only Make You Care (number 37 in 1980). This success was just before he joined Grace Brothers, but came at the height of his role in the family drama Worzel Gummidge, in which he played the children's father Mr Peters for 23 episodes between 1979-81. Mike's last acting role was as Mac Macdonald in the film Julie and the Cadillacs (1999).
Candy Davis, who played Miss B Belfridge, Mr Rumbold's secretary in series 9 & 10, was born in London on January 2nd, 1962. She was a former Page 3 model and in the 1980s was married to actor Gary Olsen, best known for the sitcom 2point4 Children. Candy can also be seen in the music videos for ABC's Poison Arrow (1982) and Mick Jagger's controversial Rocky Horror (1983). She now goes by the name Clare Dunkel (she was born Clare Damaris Bastin).
Kenneth Waller, who played Old Mr Henry Grace in Series 8 only, was born in Huddersfield on November 5th, 1927 and died on January 28th, 2000, aged 72, after a brief illness. Kenneth was actually 28 years younger than Harold Bennett, who played Young Mr Grace. After Are You Being Served?, he went on to greater acclaim playing Grandad in 74 episodes of the Carla Lane sitcom Bread between 1986-91. Kenneth once shared a home in London with theatrical agent Greville Hallam, who was murdered by Guardian journalist Erwin James in 1982, the year after Kenneth's involvement with Are You Being Served?
|Miss Belfridge (Candy Davis) and Old Mr Grace (Kenneth Waller)|