Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Thursday, 18 February 2016

This is NOT a Chinese Takeaway!! (Keeping up Appearances)


"No you cannot have another number 21 with rice instead of noodles!"
"Now will you please get off my slimline white telephone with last number redial?"

Happy Birthday, Patricia Routledge! (She turned 87 yesterday).


14 comments:

  1. No one else is quite like her. She can still make me laugh!!

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    1. I love the DVDs (have them all) - laugh out loud - but have to watch them in solitary pleasure: son and husband don't think this series funny.
      I DO!

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  2. No one did snobbery quite like Patricia ! I'm glad to hear that she's still around.

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    1. Hi, Coppa's girl - yes, the snobbery is so utterly thick.
      I would have liked to write this on my stiff white cardboard italic printed stationary, with an embossed edge, with matching self-seal envelope. They are sized six inches by four inches (nothing metric will do), and stand well on any mantelpiece.
      Well - but there are always Onslow, Daisy and Rose (who has taken the Vicar's concept of 'Love Thy Neighbour' to an intemperative extreme) to bring Hyacinth (a bit) down to earth again.

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  3. Patricia Routledge was on TV a couple of weeks ago - I had not seen her for ages. She was walking in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, it is 150 years since her birth this year. She still looks the same, but walks with a stick now.
    We always used to joke that my mother was like Hyacinth when she answered the phone.

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    1. I haven't seen Patricia Routledge for a long time ("Richard" I saw in some TV series).
      Did I understand that right? Mrs. Routledge keeps as well as Mrs. Potter? (I have taken a beautiful photo of a Potter portrait in the National Gallery - sweet!)
      Oh, I would like to answer the telephone with "The Hill residence... the lady of the house speaking...", but in Germany only a very few would get that. Oh, sorry - the Westminster chimes rang out...

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    2. She did a programme visiting locations where Beatrix had lived and worked, and ended up as you would imagine at her home in the Lake District.

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    3. Ah, thank you! I will try (difficult in Germany) to see Mrs. Routledge's film.

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  4. I was always a great fan of Frau Bucket. I watched endless episodes. One of the few who could make my sides ache with laughter. Thanks for the memory.

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    1. I love to hear that, Gwil! I never tired of her (AND Onslow).

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  5. I am not familiar with Patricia Routledge so I really cannot comment. I see that I need to find more about her.

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    1. On Youtube there are quite a few (short) episodes of 'Keeping Up Appearances'. I'm interested if you like it!

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  6. This family enjoyed many episodes of "Keeping Up Appearances" and consider Patricia Routledge a perfect comedic actor.

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    1. I am glad that you and your family share the joy of laughing at this series - Patricia Routledge has a gift of so many facial expressions, and she is so convincing as middle-class snob.
      I also saw her as detective "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" , but prefer her 'Keeping Up Appearances".

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