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As Time Goes By
Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 PM on IPTV

Keeping Up Appearances
Saturday, August 23 at 8:29 PM on IPTV

Are You Being Served?
Old Order Changes
Saturday, August 23 at 9:00 PM on IPTV

Last of the Summer Wine
I Didn't Know Barry Could Play
Saturday, August 23 at 9:30 PM on IPTV

Are You Being Served?
Old Order Changes
Monday, August 25 at 10:30 PM on IPTV

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BritCom Q&A

ARE YOU BEING SERVED? AS TIME GOES BY GENERAL QUESTIONS KEEPING UP APPEARANCES LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
MULBERRY TO THE MANOR BORN VICAR OF DIBLEY WAITING FOR GOD

ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

How many colors has Mrs.Slocom's hair been on ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

Here are the colors and number of times worn--in no particular order: brown 4, pink 8, gray 8, green 10, purple 6, mauve 7, blue 9, rust 3, turquoise 2, multi-colored 2, yellow 5, fawn 1, peach 3, orange 4 and burgundy 1.

How many of the cast are still living and what are their ages?

Arthur Brough/Mr. Grainger (1978), James Hayter/Mr. Tebbs (1983), Alfie Bass/Mr. Goldberg (1987), Arthur English/Mr. Harman (1995), Larry Martyn/Mr. Mash (1994), Harold Bennett/Young Mr. Grace (1981), Milo Sperber/Mr. Grossman (1992), Benny Lee (1995), Kenneth Waller/Old Mr. Grace (2000), Debbie Linden/Secretary to Both Young and Old Mr. Grace (1997), John Inman (2007).

When they have lunch, what is toad in the hole and can it really be made???

Toad-in-the-hole is a classic English dish consisting of sausage cooked in a batter. Sounds a bit like an English version of our corn dog, doesn't it?

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AS TIME GOES BY

In what city is this filmed?

A source confirmed that the exteriors are filmed in London, but the producers haven't released the exact locations in order to protect the property owners. The Hardcastle country home is in Hampshire, but those owners also do not want the exact location to be revealed. Most of the interiors are studio sets.

Is there a fanclub/web site for As Time Goes BY? I love the writing and acting in this show and miss it terribly.

The Web site (by a fan) at http://atgbcentral.com has tons of information--almost every article and photo of Judi Dench that is available plus much more. It would take days to read everything there. There is a search function, which helps one find information about the various actors, etc. It's the most thorough site that we've found that is still active and constantly updated.

Really enjoyed the new (4) episodes. Was this the last they will do or will there be future new episodes? It seemed the story line was left open for future ones. (Grandchildren, etc.)

The latest news we have heard is this is the last we will be receiving. But, we have to leave the door open just in case they decide to make more and if budgets permit, we'll have them on the air.

I adore BBC comedies. Where can I purchase them?

Please visit http://www.bbcproducts.com for information on videos that are available in the USA.

I've figured out that Judith is Jean's daughter, but how does Sandi fit into the family? This has been bothering me for some time.

Sandy is a former employee of Jean.

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

How about some Britcoms that would appeal to younger viewers? You have so many shows that cater to older folks. The only shows currently on the air that would amuse younger viewers are The Vicar Of Dibley and Red Dwarf. Please consider that young viewers make up a large portion of your viewing audience, and would appreciate some appropriate Britcoms (Brittas Empire, BlackAdder, Monty Python, or Mr. Bean, to name a few).

Thanks for your suggestions, which will be given to our Director of Programming. IPTV has aired BRITTAS EMPIRE, MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and MR. BEAN, as well as others, in the past, but the broadcast rights have expired.

It would really be excellent if you would show "All Creatures Great and Small." Is this under consideration or is it still too expensive?

Although IPTV gets many requests for a return of this series, the cost is still preventing us from acquiring it again.

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

When was the show made?

The show was filmed from 1990-1994 and consists of 40 episodes and four Christmas specials. IPTV has aired all of them several times. Learn more about the show at http://kuacentral.com/.

At what location in the West Midlands is this show filmed?

The exterior shots for the series were filmed in the town of Coventry.

What do the letters "FH" stand for on Onslow's cap?

According to sources, "FH" stands for Fulton Hogan, a New Zealand airport development, management, and technology company. The hat was given to Geoffrey Hughes (Onslow) by an employee of the company while he was visiting that country.

How many people has Hyacinth scared?

Hyacinth regularly scares the milkman and mailman and assorted door-to-door salesmen -- and the vicar and Emmett of course. She intimidates everyone else with the possible exception of Onslow.

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LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

Where was that filmed and what year was it filmed?

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE is the longest-running British comedy in England. It began in 1972 and is still in production. It is filmed in Yorkshire in the Holme Valley including the villages of Holmfirth and Marsden. Want to know more? Try this great fansite located at http://www.summer-wine.com/summer-wine/indexbackup2.htm

What is the theme song of this show and who performs it?

"Last of the Summer Wine Theme" was composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst, who also wrote the theme music for other Britcoms such as ARE YOU BEING SERVED?, TO THE MANOR BORN, YES MINISTER, and THE FALL & RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN. UPDATE: It was performed by Tony Philpot, whose musical credits include CAMPION, THE BUCCANEERS, PEOPLE'S CENTURY and HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES. A compilation CD was released in the mid-90s, but according to our PBS source is very difficult to find.

What happened to Brian Wilde who played Foggy?

In 1997, just prior to filming new episodes, he was taken ill and could not continue, so Frank Thornton (Truly) was brought into the series on very short notice--and has stayed. Mr. Wilde has since recovered.

What happened to Compo? On the show they suddenly had a funeral episode. Did the actor playing the part die?

Bill Owen (Compo) died of cancer three years ago at age 85 . He had been with the series for over 25 years from the beginning. The character Compo was written out of the series, and the writers devoted three episodes to his death and funeral. Bill Owen's son Tom then joined the series as Compo's long-lost son. At his request, Bill Owen was buried in the Yorkshire village where the series is filmed.

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MULBERRY

Is there anywhere where MULBERRY can be purchased for home use?

Please visit http://www.bbcproducts.com to purchase the entire series on DVD.

What were the ideas that the writers had for ending the MULBERRY series?

It is speculated, we have heard, that when Miss Farnaby dies, she crosses the bridge (the one shown at the opening of the programs) and walks towards Mulberry, who is waiting for her at the other side.

What years was this program filmed? When was the last episode filmed? Thank you!

We don't have the exact dates, but two series of MULBERRY were made -- one in 1992 and the other in 1993.

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TO THE MANOR BORN

Do you have an episode guide for To The Manor Born?

You can find an episode guide at this fansite http://sophia.smith.edu/~jeue/ToTheManorBorn/home.html

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VICAR OF DIBLEY

I was just wondering if there was any way to find this show on video? I love this show and I want to watch it all the time!!! Thanks!!

Various video catalogs, retail video stores and online stores sell the home videos. One source is the BBC America Shop at http://www.bbcproducts.com.

Is it possible to obtain the words and music to the theme song of Vicar of Dibley?

The words are from the 23rd Psalm. The exclusive distributor of the sheet music, according to the Internet, is Music Sales Limited, Newmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YB England. We have no way to confirm the accuracy of that address.

Who is the composer of the music that is heard at the opening and closing of the program?

The music for "Psalm 23" was specially composed for the program by Howard Goodall, who also wrote the theme music for RED DWARF, MR. BEAN, BLACKADDER and other popular English programs. The CD is titled HOWARD GOODALL, CHORAL WORKS, THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL OXFORD, STEPHEN DARLINGTON (conductor). ) ASV digital. CD DCA 1028. 1998 ASV Ltd. Sheet Music is available at http://www.forwoods.co.uk

"Psalm 23" by Howard Goodall, published by Novello Publishing Limited. SATB with organ accompaniment. Copyright 1995, Noel Gay Music Co. Ltd.

Why did they stop making "Vicar"?

Dawn French (Geraldine, the Vicar) is very busy with various projects. Several recent specials were produced, and IPTV has aired all four of them.

How many Teletubbies were at Hugo's wedding?

Two of the "attendants" were dressed as Teletubbies at the wedding of Alice and Hugo.

How many episodes were actually filmed?

There are a total of 20, which includes the Christmas special from 2004, the New Year’s special from 2005, and the last two episodes, The Handsome Stranger, and The Vicar in White. Learn more here http://dawnfrench.tripod.com/vicar.html

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WAITING FOR GOD

Are there any new episodes of this hilarious comedy? The ending with Harvey and Jane getting married was great, but I wondered if any more of this series was done?

No further programs were made after that episode. The last series was produced in 1994.

How long has Diana been in the nursing home?

None of our sources gives any information about Diana's arrival at Bayview. Our impression is that she has been there awhile but not a very long time before Tom arrives.

What is the name of the theme music for the program "Waiting for God"?

It is the last movement from Franz Schubert's Piano Quintet in A, Opus 114, nicknamed "The Trout Quintet."

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