The idea of a spinoff was originally suggested by the cast of Are You Being Served? almost immediately after the original series ended in 1985. Lloyd and Croft liked the idea, but agreed that the department store format was exhausted and that any spinoff would require a change of location. Despite the enthusiasm of the original cast, it would be almost seven years before Lloyd and Croft brought them back to television. The plotline that brought the cast from the store to the manor was considered remarkably topical, since it aired just a few months after the death of British publishing tycoon , who was revealed to have borrowed heavily against his own employees' pensions. ''Grace and Favour'' was different from '''' in that it involved a continuous , with certain plot elements, such as the relationship between Mr Humphries and , unfolding throughout each episode. This in-turn allowed the series to involve more complex storylines and subplots, making it possible for returning guest stars and location shooting, which was never done on ''Are You Being Served?''
The series name is a double play on words. A "grace and favour" is a home or other... Read More