‘Keeping Up Appearances’, Series 4, Episode 5 (TV)

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Please feel free to comment on my review.

This episode is what I would call the first of a two-parter in ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, although both this and the next episode are standalone. This episode actually continues the mini story arc with Hyacinth and Richard searching for a small place in the country, which started in ‘Series 4, Episode 2’.

It starts with a policeman coming to the door of the Bucket residence to inform Hyacinth that her Daddy has been arrested at the local police station. Hyacinth is very distressed at this. What I find astonishing is that Hyacinth gets embarrassed with uniformed policemen coming to her house door.

Hyacinth refuses to go to pick up Daddy from the local police station and sends Richard off to pick him up instead. But Richard wants to go with Hyacinth to prevent her from buying anything expensive regarding buys a place in the country. Hyacinth is insistent and Richard grudgingly agrees.

There were some guest stars I recognised from seeing this episode. First there’s Terrence Hardiman who would later guest star in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Beast Below’ and in the Big Finish audio ‘The English Way of Death’. There’s also Stuart Fell, who was a stuntman in the classic ‘Doctor Who’.

There’s also George Webb as Daddy, who gets his first credited appearance in the series and actually speaks which is rare. Daddy does something to Richard’s car and Onslow, Daisy and Rose give him a lift to the where Hyacinth has found their little new home in the country. Will this place last though?

‘Series 4, Episode 5’ rating – 8/10

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