Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom
British sitcom
A British sitcom tends, as it does in most other countries, to be based on a family, workplace or other institution, where the same group of contrasting characters is brought together in each episode. Unlike American sitcoms, where twenty or more episodes in a season is the norm, British sitcoms...

 created and written by Roy Clarke
Roy Clarke
Roy Clarke OBE is an English comedy writer.-Career:Clarke is best known for creating BBC Sitcoms; Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours and Keeping Up Appearances...

 for the BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

. Centred on the life of eccentric, social-climbing snob Hyacinth Bucket
Hyacinth Bucket
Hyacinth Bucket, who insists her last name is pronounced "Bouquet" , is the main character in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances , played by Patricia Routledge.-Personality:...

 (who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet), the sitcom portrays a social hierarchy-ruled British society. It jokes about a small obsessive world where a determined snobbish middle class
Middle class
The middle class is any class of people in the middle of a societal hierarchy. In Weberian socio-economic terms, the middle class is the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socio-economically between the working class and upper class....

 woman desperately and continually looks for opportunities to climb the social ladder, despite being wedged between a working class
Working class
Working class is a term used in the social sciences and in ordinary conversation to describe those employed in lower tier jobs , often extending to those in unemployment or otherwise possessing below-average incomes...

 background and upper class
Upper class
In social science, the "upper class" is the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. Members of an upper class may have great power over the allocation of resources and governmental policy in their area.- Historical meaning :...


"But I thought your friends liked your lilac car ..."

"I've come to help out with church cleaning for that dishy vicar!"

"What a silly little voice!"

"Beautiful day, isn't it? Completely conducive to contemplating cozy charismatic country cottages."

"The Bouquet residence, lady of the house speaking. (Pause) Oh, it's you Daisy".

"It's my sister Violet, the one with the Mercedes, sauna and a musical bidet. Classical, of course.".

"It's my sister Violet, the one with the Mercedes, sauna and room for a pony."

(about the clergyman) "Rings his own bells? How democratic".