I stumbled on this because a friend on Facebook was annoyed with all the status messages looking like Obits with all the recent deaths and I wanted to annoy him with someone else who died and I found that Mrs. Slocombe from "Are You Being Served?" died today as well.
I LOVED that show and it's looking like almost everyone from the pilot (and the whole cast, apparently) is dead.
-- 2006 Time magazine Person of the Year --
"I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." George W. Bush - June 26, 2008, during a Rose Garden news briefing.
I first happened upon Are You Being Served? back in the early 1990s when the local PBS station starting airing it. It's always been one of those shows I'll stop to watch if I'm going through the channels.
Not counting the various secretaries and store customers, I think the surviving cast members are down to Frank Thornton (Capt. Peacock), Trevor Bannister (Mr. Lucas), Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold), and Mike Berry (Lucas' replacement, Mr. Spooner).
RIP to Mollie Sugden, and I'm sure Mrs. Slocombe's pussy will be in good hands.
I find it remarkable that all the shows I thought only my family watched were much more universaly watched by people my own age. I mean I can't imagine admitting at school that I ever watched Are You Being Served? during the years that I watched it.
I believe I actually used Mrs. Slocombe as one of the reasons I dyed my hair blue when pressed by my mother. "It's because you made us watch PBS!"
I watched that NBC Fall Preview show a couple of weeks ago, where they showed clips of all the shows debuting this fall. The only ones that interested me were "Father of the Pride" and "Medical Investigation.