Wednesday 28 September 2016

Grace Brothers open for business again with return of Are You Being Served?

Published 08/08/2016 | 00:06

The new cast of Are you Being Served? (BBC/PA)
The new cast of Are you Being Served? (BBC/PA)
The new cast of Are you Being Served? (back left-right) Arthur Smith as Mr Harman, Jorgie Porter as Miss Croft, Justin Edwards as Mr Rumbold and Matthew Horne as Mr Grace,(front left-right) Niky Wardley as Miss Brahms, Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Slocombe, John Challis as Captain Peacock, Jason Watkins as Mr Humphries, Kayode Ewumi as Mr Conway and Roy Barraclough as Mr Grainger (BBC)

Grace Brothers is back and open for business as Are You Being Served? returns after a 30-year hiatus.

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The first image from the sitcom revival has been released ahead of the one-off special, which will pick up where the show left off.

With a new all-star cast, the sitcom follows the staff at fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

Mrs Slocombe is back with her distinctive brightly-dyed hair, with Loose Women star Sherrie Hewson taking over the role from the late Mollie Sugden.

Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis plays Frank Thornton's stuffy character Captain Peacock, with a red carnation in his jacket pocket.

Jason Watkins looks impeccable as Mr Humphries, stepping into John Inman's well-polished shoes.

Also joining him on the retail floor are Roy Barraclough as Mr Grainger, Arthur Smith as Mr Harmon, Justin Edwards as Mr Rumbold and Niky Wardley as Miss Brahms.

The cast picture also provides the first glimpse of some new characters, including Gavin And Stacey star Mathew Horne as Young Mr Grace, the original Young Mr Grace's grandson.

With big blonde hair, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter is almost unrecognisable as Mr Rumbold's secretary Miss Croft, while Kayode Ewumi plays new recruit Mr Conway.

Derren Litten has written the one-off special of the sitcom, which began on BBC One in 1972 and ran for over 10 years.

Are You Being Served? will air in September and will be part of the BBC's Landmark Sitcom Season, which will revisit old favourites including Porridge, Goodnight Sweetheart and Keeping Up Appearances.

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