OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2757 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5060 times:
I saw Mollie live on stage when I was on a visit to Adelaide (Oz) back in 1980, when I was 15. She was great. I even bumped into her alone after the show in the underpass under the Arts Centre and she smiled generously...
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4963 times:
Quoting Seb146 (Reply 10): How sad. Everyone always loves her pussy stories and changing hair color.
Also her delightful stories of her and her friend Mrs. Axelby's misadventures at the pub ("I got a pork rind stuck in me throat and do you know it took five gin & tonics to finally knock it loose! I think those pork rinds may have been a bit off because I started to feel a little woozy after that") and her mangling of the English language in an attempt to sound posh ("... and I am unanimous in that!").
Rest in peace, Mrs. Sugden.
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Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4942 times:
Quoting Mayor (Reply 7): Who's left from that cast??? Frank Thornton.......Trevor Bannister......???
Don't know who survives, but first Ms B and now Mrs S - sad indeed. Oddly enough, when Wendy died, the ABC here had a number of episodes of the radio series of the "Just a minute" with Wendy as one of the participants. The voice was no different.
Thanks for the inf. Was that really Ms B's actual name and if so, was that where the word Candy got its current meaning?
Meanwhile in Australia, Grace Brothers stores have passed into history too although the name lives on with removals and cleaning - I think!!. I suspect my wife always expected to find the cast of "Are you being served" when I took her into Grace Bros store in Wollongong.
RussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7734 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4872 times:
Sadly, my overriding association with Mollie Sugden is the series of Little Britain sketches about the woman whose one obsession in life is telling everyone she was Mollie Sugden's bridesmaid (when in fact she wasn't).
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TUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4857 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4): Yes there was a thread. Another great loss to the British TV industry. Sad they are gone and there will never be programs of the same quality as back then.
Are You Being Served was an immense and incomparable show. Nothing on television today even comes close to the sheer comedic genius of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft and those actors and actresses on the show.
Mollie was my favorite on the show. One of my favorite episodes was when she moved her flat into one of the vacant floors of Grace Brothers (none of the staff would let her stay with them) because she had squatters in her new flat and had nowhere to store her belongings. Later in the episode there was a transit strike and all then staff ended up with her for the night. This episode had one of the best pussy lines ever... "Mr Humphries, leave my pussy alone!"
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1333 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4846 times:
Quoting TUNisia (Reply 19): Nothing on television today even comes close to the sheer comedic genius of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft and those actors and actresses on the show.
I agree. I rarely watch TV anymore...except for "Are You Being Served" and "Keeping Up Appearances" re-runs (and Formula 1 of course!). My personal theory is that TV (and society in general) has traded quality for looks. Most new TV shows lack any real acting talents yet serve up doses of well-proportioned, very good looking young people who couldn't act if their lives depended on it.
Seinfeld put it best once during an interview. When asked about the casting for his successful sitcom he said that he always hired the actors with the right qualities, even if that meant not so good looks. His reasoning was that he wanted faces which could be remembered and that he was not casting a soap opera.
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 17): Sadly, my overriding association with Mollie Sugden is the series of Little Britain sketches about the woman whose one obsession in life is telling everyone she was Mollie Sugden's bridesmaid (when in fact she wasn't).
I remember that but it was nothing compared to her many years of ''AYBS''. There was a nice tribute to her in the UK newspapers today.
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4760 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21): Yes he was in another BBC series the very famous ''Last of the Summer Wine'' recently.
Because of their age and insurance concerns, I guess, Frank Thornton and Peter Sallis have been relegated to kind of secondary roles on Last of the Summer Wine. They'll usually only be
in an indoors shot. Sad really because the people that have taken over the primary roles, can't hold a candle to them.
Also, Kathy Staff (Norah Batty) died this past year. She was in the cast of Last of the Summer Wine from the beginning, I believe.
Ok.....back to Mollie and AYBS. One of my favorite episodes was when they had to spend the night at the store, in the basement and all had to sleep on a water bed that was there.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
: Pussy galore: a tribute to Mrs Slocombe With her immortal 'pussy', Mrs Slocombe turned the airwaves as blue as her rinse. Mollie Sugden's creation wil
: BBC2 are showing a tribute program tonight. Should be interesting.