Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom starring Patricia Routledge as eccentric, social-climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket. It was created and written by Roy Clarke, and aired on BBC1 from 1990 to 1995.
Recently it came 12th in the 2004 Britain's Best Sitcom poll that aired on BBC 2. The show has been shown in many countries throughout the world.
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet") continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, though she's wedged on a rung just below her sister Violet (whose house has a swimming pool, sauna, and room for a pony) and just above her working class sisters Daisy and Rose.
Hyacinth's passion for flawless entertaining unnerves her neighbor Elizabeth, who is often invited to the Bucket home for coffee. Elizabeth's divorced brother Emmet, who also lives next door to the Buckets, tries to avoid Hyacinth because she breaks into song in his presence in the hope he'll cast her in one of his "little theater" musical productions.
- Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth
- Clive Swift as Richard
- Judy Cornwell as Daisy
- Geoffrey Hughes as Onslow
- Shirley Stelfox as Rose (1)
- Mary Millar as Rose (2)
- Josephine Tewson as Elizabeth
- David Griffin as Emmet
- George Webb as Daddy
- Jeremy Gittins as The Vicar