This is a list of characters
from the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?
and its spin off Grace & Favour
. Are You Being Served?
originally aired on BBC One
between 1972 and 1985 and is still repeated around the world. Grace & Favour
aired between 1992 and 1993.
Principal cast durations
This section contains information on the characters who worked in the Menswear department of Grace Brothers
Mr Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries
Mr Humphries (John Inman
) - The senior menswear assistant, who later became head of the Gentleman's Department. His ambiguous sexuality
is used as a catalyst for many comedic situations and one-liners. Mr Humphries was particularly noted for his mincing walk and his slightly high pitched voice, which he discarded when answering the phone: "MENNNSWEAR," he intoned in a falsified baritone
. He had one of the most famous catchphrases
of the era: when asked by a colleague, "Mr Humphries, are you free? (to serve someone)", he always gave the exaggerated response, "I'm free!" in a very high pitched voice. He often arrived at work in outrageous attire including punk rocker
clothing and hair, motorcycle
leather jacket and chaps, and a sailor
uniform, always with an equally outrageous accounting of his previous night's activities and efforts to nonetheless make it to work on time. At one time, Mr. Lucas opined to him after a recount of the previous evening: "It's all go at your place!" Mr Humphries... Read More