Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

Closed Circuit 

Ms. Brahms appears in a TV commercial, but she's made to cover up her high-pitched cockney accent with a sophisticated voice stand-in. When a man wants to go on a date with her, has the voice switch ruined Ms. Brahms' chances?


John Kilby


Jeremy Lloyd (by), David Croft (by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Arthur English ... Mr. Harman
Mike Berry ... Mr. Spooner
Benny Lee Benny Lee ... Mr. Klein
Kenneth Waller Kenneth Waller ... Old Mr. Henry Grace
Vivienne Johnson ... Mr. Grace's Nurse
Louise Burton Louise Burton ... Virginia Edwards
Gorden Kaye ... Mr. Fortescue
Nicholas McArdle ... Head Waiter
John D. Collins ... 2nd Waiter
John Oxley John Oxley ... Lord Hirly


Sales are the worst they've ever been at Grace Brothers and after some discussion they decide to film a short commercial to be shown on screens around the store. After a slow start, Miss.Brahms ends up being the perfect candidate for the ladies and gents department except for her cockney accent. But with a simple voice stand in, the commercial turns out great. But what will Miss.Brahms do when a rich bloke spots her on the t.v. and insists on taking her, and her sexy voice, out to dinner? Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

21 May 1981 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shirley Brahms asks for two "John Thomas" cocktails; Captain Peacock corrects her by asking for "John Collins", a cocktail with Gin and lemon. John Thomas is also a slang expression for the male member. See more »


Mr. Humphries: [trying to tactfully tell Mrs. Slocombe she looks too old on camera] Mrs. Slocombe?
Mrs. Slocombe: What is it? Did I do something wrong?
Mr. Humphries: No, very good, very good. Do you know, I really believed that bit about the bargains. We've got a slight problem, though. Did you... did you ever see a film called "Lost Horizon", where they were all in Shangri-La?
Mrs. Slocombe: Oh, that's the place where they stayed young forever.
Mr. Humphries: Yes! Do you remember, the old priest said if they ever left the valley, they'd become very, very old, and ...
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References Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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