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Episode #135

Hyacinth has decided instead of her usual gift to Richard of slippers that he should receive skis instead. When Richard protests that he has no intention of taking up the sport, Hyacinth responds that he can cultivate the correct image by strapping them atop the car and drive about with them occasionally. [29 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet") goes to incredible lengths in her quest for perfection. Hers is a spick-and-span house. Her downtrodden husband, Richard (Clive Swift), acts as chauffeur in their immaculately kept car. Their permanently absent son has a superior name, Sheridan. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket is in a class of her own.

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  • Daddy's Accident (#101)

    Patricia Routledge stars as Hyacinth Bucket (she pronounces it boo-KAY). Hyacinth will go to manic lengths to ensure that even the most routine of daily events is just so, much to the chagrin of husband Richard and neighbor Liz. [29 minutes]

  • The New Vicar (#102)

    Hyacinth has asked the new vicar to tea and organizes every meticulously, but things still go awry. [29 minutes]

  • Stately Home (#103)

    Hyacinth looks forward to soaking up a little culture at her favorite stately home. [29 minutes]

  • The Charity Shop (#104)

    Hyacinth is at her witIs end, what with the charity shop, Councilor Nugent, RoseIs love life and her Daddy! Can she cope? [29 minutes]

  • Daisy's Toyboy (#105)

    Hyacinth's social standing at a church function is jeopardized when Daisy tries to encourage Onslow to become more ardent. [28 minutes]

  • The Christening (#106)

    Hyacinth enjoys a quiet family christening - for a few moments at least until pandemonium breaks loose. [29 minutes]

  • A Strange Man (#107)

    Hyacinth is appalled when she sees a strange man next door at Liz's who has obviously spent the night there! What will such behavior do to the property values? [29 minutes]

  • Driving Mrs. Fortescue (#108)

    Hyacinth is very thrilled when the wealthy Mrs. Fortescue asks them togive her a lift into town. After all, she's practically aristocracy! [29 minutes]

  • The Candlelight Supper (#109)

    Hyacinth plans to hold one of her celebrated candlelight suppers in order to impress Emmet, head of the local amateur operatic society, with her vocal talents. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #110

    Hyacinth has decided that she and husband Richard should have a weekend at a golfing hotel in order that she be able to keep up with the Major and his wife. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #111

    Hyacinth is fearful that the tumultuous lives of her family members will cast a pall on the carefully polished image she tries so hard to maintain. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #112

    Onslow’s birthday celebrations may only come around once a year, but that is far too often as far as Hyacinth is concerned. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #113

    Hyacinth is still eager to impress Emmet with her prowess as a singer, especially now that he is divorced and has moved in next door with his sister Liz. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #114

    Hyacinth has to intervene when she learns from her relatives 'on the other side of town' that Daddy has slipped out and run up a toy store bill that he cannot pay. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #115

    Hyacinth is eager to take delivery of a new suite, which she is quick to tell everyone is an exact replica of one in Sandringham House. But the delivery goes awry. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #116

    Hyacinth suddenly decides to take Daddy out for a picnic in the country, but Daddy equally suddenly decides that he will take her car [29 minutes]

  • Episode #117

    Richard has no hiding place from Hyacinth now that early retirement has been thrust upon him. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #118

    Hyacinth has forced Richard to participate in a trip to the countryside to look for Iron Age remains. But further cultural excursions are curtailed when Daisy and Onslow report that Rose is behaving in outrageous fashion. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #119

    Hyacinth borrows a holiday cottage in the country for the weekend and plans a small barbecue. Small, that is, only by comparison with the planning efforts used by Churchill in the last war. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #120

    According to Hyacinth, the one thing she cannot stand is snobbery, people trying to pretend they are superior. As she logically concludes, 'That only makes it so much harder for those of us who really are.' [29 minutes]

  • Episode #121

    Hyacinth has determined that Richard needs a hobby and plunks down a video camera before him. She admonishes him to go off and 'be artistic,' an instruction she will soon live to regret. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #122

    Hyacinth and Richard have been invited to a showing at an art gallery, and she hones up by reading books on art. Her polish stands to be st ripped, however, when her father sneaks into the exhibit and begins mingling with the art lovers. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #123

    The opportunity of spending the weekend on a cruiser thrills Hyacinth. She can occupy herself with purchasing the correct yachting gear for Richard and herself and in preparing a “nautical light buffet” for her family and friends on board. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #124

    Hyacinth has decided that Richard will gain a high executive position with a local firm that has developed a vacancy in their ranks. Richard fancies neither the prospect of the job nor the plan Hyacinth has evolved for him meeting The Big Boss. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #125

    Hyacinth has volunteered to escort a retired Commodore from the train station to the Ladies’ Luncheon. She believes she will have just what it takes to ingratiate herself with such an old sea dog. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #126

    Hyacinth volunteers Richard's services to help out the church hall where there is a problem with the lights. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #127

    The bee in Hyacinth’s bonnet is about buying a small cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Richard learns that her idea of small does not match his. Hyacinth learns that the country life is not quite as she thought. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #128

    Much to Richard's horror, Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #129

    Hyacinth and Richard are spending their first day in their new country'retreat.' It may be a grand address, but the accommodation they have secured for themselves is not so much "small" as "minute." [28 minutes]

  • Episode #130

    Hyacinth is desperate to keep up with the Barker-Finches, who have a bit of local fame at barbecue. She plans a super barbecue special complete with her own "celebrity," leaving Richard far from keen on the idea. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #131

    Hyacinth is seaside experiencing all the fun of the fair at a pleasure beach. In her distinctive blazer and hat she looks after a travel-weary elderly lady and deals with an amorous Italian pensioner. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #132

    Hyacinth is concerned that her invitation to the Mayor's fancy dress ball hasn't yet dropped through her letter box. Richard is even more concerned that Hyacinth intends him to attend costumed as Louis XIV in silk trousers. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #133

    Hyacinth is in a sunny disposition, which mystifies Richard. The real horror of his situation dawns on him when he realizes that he has forgotten their anniversary and that Hyacinth is beaming in anticipation of a gift which he has not bought her. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #134

    While walking by an idyllic riverbank with Richard, Hyacinth comes up with one of her most ambitious plans. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #136

    Hyacinth is most excited about attending a country house sale and 'mingling with the aristocracy.' Richard immediately loses sleep at the prospect of Hyacinth in a position to easily go well beyond their spending limits. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #137

    Convinced that Emmet is too overawed by her personality to invite her to join the cast of a musical, Hyacinth invites Elizabeth and him for coffee. She then bursts into impromptu snatches of 1920s musicals. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #138

    Although the musical for which she had auditioned is already fully cast, Hyacinth is convinced that Emmet is only too shy to offer her a part. Hyacinth evolves a plan to pluck up his courage by inviting him to Violet's home for a 'bon vivant buffet.' [29 minutes]

  • Episode #139

    Hyacinth is stung to lose first prize at the local craft fair for 'free style floral decoration of a table centerpiece.' To make matters worse, the winner is one Lydia Hawksworth, a lady who once was objectionable at one of Hyacinth's candlelight suppers. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #140

    Hyacinth may yet become the Barbara Cortland of the West Midland social scene. She aims to advise and educate the nation on gracious living, lit incandescently by their own candlelight suppers. [29 minutes]

  • Christmas Special (#1991)

    Hyacinth roars into the Christmas season. She manages to get poor Richard into a Father Christmas outfit but then has to confront with a very drunken 'Daddy' who is making passes at the parish ladies in the church rectory. To make matters worse, there is a case of mistaken identity that culminates with her kissing under the mistletoe with a most unexpected partner. [29 minutes]

  • Aboard The Qe2 (#1993)

    Hyacinth buys tickets for a holiday cruise on the QE2, looking forward to making acquaintances with the better class of person that one meets in such circumstances. Little does she know that Onslow has won tickets for that very same trip. [58 minutes]

  • The Pageant (#1995)

    Hyacinth decides to organize and direct a local pageant titled "Our Town in the Civil War." She also, naturally, casts herself in the starring role of Queen Henrietta Maria and coerces various members of her family to play assorted Cavaliers and Roundheads. The Church Hall is soon in pandemonium. [29 minutes]

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