Poor Hyacinth Bucket (played by Patricia Routledge), pronounced "Bouquet," is on an eternal quest to keep up appearances. Forever scheming ways to be thought richer and more important than she is, she's a terror to her husband Richard (Clive Swift), her family, her neighbors, and just about everyone she comes into contact with! Sadly for her, but fortunately for us, her schemes and plans always end in uproarious disaster. These are the adventures of Hyacinth Bucket, forever keeping up appearances!
My family and I are great fans of British comedy, and there are few anywhere near as good as Keeping Up Appearances! Patricia Routledge is one of Britain's comedic geniuses, and she plays Hyacinth beautifully. My kids sometimes get indignant at Hyacinth's many attempts at one-upmanship, but you always know that at the end, her sins will find her out.
This is a great Britcom, one that I highly recommend to all fans of good comedy! This particular tape has three half-hour episodes on it:
Rural Retreat - Season 4, episode 2 (September 12, 1993) - Hyacinth decides that what she needs is a little place in the country, and off she goes with the protesting Richard in tow. Also, there's bad news for all of the boyfriends of Hyacinth's oversexed sister, Rose, she has decided to write her memoirs!
Let there Be Light - Season 4, episode 7 (October 17, 1993) - Hyacinth has volunteered Richard to look at the church's electrics, but does he know what he's doing? To make matters even worse, Hyacinths very un-presentable family shows up with her daddy, looking to have him exercised by the vicar!
Please Mind Your Head - Season 4, episode 6 (October 10, 1993) - Hyacinth has bought her little place in the country, unfortunately tiny might be a better word. And, when Hyacinth invites a few guests, hilarity ensues.