Celebrity Deathwatch – Are You Being Served?

Another strange bit of scheduling by the BBC.

As part of its Are You Being Served night, the BBC broadcast two documentaries about actors Mollie Sugden and John Inman. None of the pre-publicity mentioned that both actors are now no longer with us, or that nearly all of the talking heads involved are themselves dead.

For the record, here are the cast details by year of death:

Arthur BroughMr Grainger – died 28 February 1978.

Harold BennettYoung Mr. Grace – died 15 September 1981.

James HayterMr. Tebbs – 27 March 1983.

Alfie BassMr. Goldberg – 15 July 1987.

Larry MartynMr. Mash – 7 August 1994.

Arthur EnglishMr. Harman – 16 April 1995.

John InmanMr. Humphreys – 8 March 2007.

Wendy RichardMiss Brahms – 26 February 2009.

Mollie SugdenMrs. Slocombe – 1 July 2009.

Trevor Bannister – Mr. Lucas – 14 April 2011.

Frank Thornton – Captain Peacock – 16 March 2013.

With the recent death of Frank Thornton that only leaves one of the original cast still with us: Nicholas Smith, the jug eared store manager, Mr. Rumbold, who is now 79. Here’s to you Mr. Smith, last of the greats.

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8 Responses to Celebrity Deathwatch – Are You Being Served?

  1. Pingback: Celebrity Deathwatch – Are You Being Served | Micro Filums' Blog

  2. Patricia says:

    Thanks for organizing the information and posting it.

  3. I love that show ,I wish they would start the series over, I would watch them all over again.

  4. Laura Jones says:

    I love watching my DVD’s of AYBS on a regular basis. I have a question for anyone out there who might be able to answer: Why was Miss Brahms the only one not wearing blackface in the episode “Roots”? Was it a personal conviction? Just wondering.

  5. Tony says:

    I have seen different interviews of the cast and am looking for one in particular of the cast. It looks as it is being done on a talk show. Does anyone know how to find those?? I have googled it and looked on youtube and can not find it. Thanks in advance

  6. Well written and cast clicked oh so well. With the passage of time still sharp wit excellent comedic relief from todays drab poorly conceived American television. God bless them all in comedy heaven, except for jug ears may you have a long life.

  7. S.Baldwin says:

    A note from across the pond, I wanted to say thank you to the cast of Are You Being Served. So little,so late. My children watch AYBS and it brings me great joy to laugh with them. You will not be forgotten. So sad to learn of Mr.Thorntons passing and wishing I had said Thank You years ago.

  8. Thanks for the info. Sorry to see Wendy on the list.
    For me it was love at first sight.

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