Captain Peacock

Captain Peacock

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Captain Peacock

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Captain Stephen Peacock is a fictional character from the BBC One comedy show, Are You Being Served?. He is played by Frank Thornton, who went on to take the popular role of Truly in Last of the Summer Wine. Thornton appeared in the 2010 documentary of the show due to him being one of the few remaining actors from the show.


Captain Peacock, the somewhat stuffy floorwalker, considers himself above the assistants with both his position and his dubious military record; he likes to brag about his experiences fighting Rommel in North Africa. Mr. Mash likes to tell the staff that Peacock served in the NAAFI instead, and probably didn't ever leave England, and Mr. Goldberg hints that Peacock's real rank was a Corporal. Allegedly, despite his rank, Peacock began as a sweeper in the stockroom. Although Peacock usually talks as if he were a member of the elite Commando unit, on two occasions he admits he was in the Royal Army Service Corps (logistics). By 1975 he has been working at Grace Brothers for 20 years.

Captain Peacock considers himself to be somewhat of a "ladies' man". It is heavily implied in several episodes that Captain Peacock has had dalliances with women outside of his marriage, mostly with ladies from the store such as the secretaries working for Mr. Rumbold (in particular Miss Belfridge). He has also been known to cast his eye towards Miss Brahms (who has referenced his attempts at seduction during office...
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