The BEST Episodes of Keeping Up Appearances

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Network: BBC One

British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances features Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket, a wannabe social climber who insists her surname be pronounced "Bouquet." Her incessant attempts to project an upper-crust image cause grief for all those around her, including henpecked husband Richard, the local vicar and her neighbours. Providing a constant source of embarrassment are Hyacinth's unsophisticated sisters Daisy and Rose as well as lazy, crude brother-in-law Onslow.

What To Wear When Yachting

#1 - What To Wear When Yachting

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 18, 1992

Hyacinth and Richard spend the weekend on a yacht.

star 8.36
114 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Hostess

#2 - The Hostess

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 5, 1995

Hyacinth has put an advert in the local newspaper to teach people social etiquette, however an excited Hyacinth does not quite get what she expected.

star 8.26
120 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The New Vicar

#3 - The New Vicar

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 5, 1990

Hyacinth is determined to create the perfect impression when inviting the new Vicar for “tea and light refreshments”. However her hopes come crashing down on her when Onslow and Daisy turn up with the news Daddy has been kidnapped by a gypsy. The day gets even worse for the polish-perfecting protagonist when Rose turns up, on her way to her own funeral.

star 8.25
394 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Christening

#4 - The Christening

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 3, 1990

Daisy and Onslow’s granddaughter Kylie is getting christened, but Hyacinth is unimpressed because there has not been a wedding first. The day does not get any better for Hyacinth when she and Richard are forced to come to the rescue of the baby's mother Stephanie, whose transport has broken down. The leading lady then learns the baby's mother is a hippie, who is unaware of the baby’s father.

star 8.15
233 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
A Barbecue at Violet's

#5 - A Barbecue at Violet's

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 22, 1995

A ""luxury barbecue"" at Violet's house looks like being a disaster because Bruce and Violet keep having violent arguments. Hyacinth organises a sing song in an attempt to take everyone's mind off their hosts' battle. Later, Hyacinth goes along to a rehearsal of ""The Boy Friend"" to offer her services to Emmet.

star 8.02
156 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Driving Mrs Fortescue

#6 - Driving Mrs Fortescue

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 8, 1991

Hyacinth and Richard drive a wealthy Mrs Fortescue into town, however Hyacinth's plans to impress are crushed by her family when Daisy and Rose flag down the Buckets for a lift. Eventually to Hyacinth's dismay, this leads to Mrs Fortescue playing darts with Onslow in a public house.

star 8.01
288 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Hyacinth is Alarmed

#7 - Hyacinth is Alarmed

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 17, 1995

Richard is terrified to wake up to see Hyacinth smiling at him; he later realises he has forgotten his and Hyacinth's wedding anniversary. Richard then decides to have an alarm system installed, claiming it is Hyacinth's "surprise" anniversary present.

star 7.98
171 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Three-Piece Suite

#8 - The Three-Piece Suite

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 27, 1991

Hyacinth is very excited at the prospect of having her new three piece suite, an exact replica of the one at Sandringham House, delivered. She will also give Daisy and Onslow her old suite, provided they pick it up themselves. But of course these two events are likely to collide at some point, creating an insurmountable disaster.

star 7.93
174 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Daddy's Accident

#9 - Daddy's Accident

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 29, 1990

Hyacinth's "Daddy" is put into an ambulance and taken to hospital, after getting injured chasing after the milk woman naked on his bike. After visiting him, Hyacinth returns home and is visited by the gas man, whose life she makes difficult.

star 7.93
454 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Toy Store

#10 - The Toy Store

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 1991

Daddy has ended up at the toy store and is "improving" a few toys with the help of a screw driver. This results in Hyacinth and Richard having to go into town to solve the problem, where Hyacinth fears for her status when meeting Mrs. Counsellor Nugent.

star 7.92
183 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
A Strange Man

#11 - A Strange Man

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 1, 1991

Hyacinth is shocked to see a strange man wearing only a towel emerge from Elizabeth's house, thus she tells Richard they will have to move house. However her opinions change when discovering who the man really is. Meanwhile Daddy has gone missing.

star 7.91
254 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Please Mind Your Head

#12 - Please Mind Your Head

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 10, 1993

Hyacinth and Richard are settling into their new country apartment, but Richard is less than enthused with its diminutive size. It's already cramped enough as it is for two, but when Hyacinth invites friends over, it becomes unbearably tiny!

star 7.91
166 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
How to Go on Holiday without Really Trying

#13 - How to Go on Holiday without Really Trying

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 1992

Hyacinth takes a trip to the travel agents for some ""quality"" holiday brochures. Afterwards, Onslow decides to take Richard in hand and show him how to 'enjoy' life.

star 7.89
150 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
A Riverside Picnic

#14 - A Riverside Picnic

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 1995

Hyacinth organises a riverside picnic, much to the despair of those invited. Despite Emett's and the Vicar's best efforts to tell Hyacinth they are unable to attend, they find getting out of Hyacinth's function impossible. As always, Hyacinth's plans of perfection are shattered when a digger dumps dirt in her chosen location for the picnic.

star 7.86
165 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Boy Friend

#15 - The Boy Friend

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 15, 1995

Hyacinth sings to her hearts content when discovering Emmett's latest musical The Boyfriend is in production. Meanwhile Daddy is once again back in the war and guarding Onslow’s house with a sharp object.

star 7.83
142 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Looking at Properties

#16 - Looking at Properties

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 3, 1993

Richard panics when leaving Hyacinth to browse country property without him, fearing she will purchase something they cannot afford, as he collects "Daddy" from a police station. Finally Hyacinth decides on a country property.

star 7.77
152 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Stately Home

#17 - Stately Home

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 12, 1990

Hyacinth and Richard visit a stately home where the leading lady hopes to meet a member of the aristocratic family. However she fears her social status will be sabotaged by Onslow, Daisy and Rose, who turn up unexpectedly. Thus Hyacinth drags Richard through the ground's private gardens to hide from the lower-class clan.

star 7.74
308 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Iron Age Remains

#18 - Iron Age Remains

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 13, 1992

Hyacinth drags Richard off into the countryside in search of the remains of an Iron Age settlement.

star 7.74
121 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Senior Citizen's Outing

#19 - The Senior Citizen's Outing

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 1995

Hyacinth volunteers to look after the old people in an outing to the funfair, however a certain old man proves to be quite a handful. As the day progresses, Hyacinth ends up in a mirror house, on some dodgems and on a ghost train.

star 7.72
164 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Daisy's Toyboy

#20 - Daisy's Toyboy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 26, 1990

In an attempt to make Onslow jealous, Daisy finds herself a toyboy. However the plan fails and Daisy sends Onslow to the Church hall to meet Richard, in a final ploy to get him to notice her antics.

star 7.69
279 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
A Job for Richard

#21 - A Job for Richard

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1993

Hyacinth’s attempts to keep Richard occupied in his years of retirement continue. Now she has found him an executive job in frozen foods, and to impress the manager of the company she has contrived a plot involving Onslow and golf.

star 7.67
133 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Rolls Royce

#22 - The Rolls Royce

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 29, 1995

To Richard's horror, Hyacinth wants a new car . Therefore the pair end up taking a Rolls Royce for a drive. However Hyacinth’s plans of showing the car off take a downwards spiral when the Rolls Royce gets reported as stolen and she gets arrested.

star 7.66
147 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Onslow's Birthday

#23 - Onslow's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 6, 1991

Hyacinth is dreading an invite to Onslow's birthday party, but changes her mind when finding out she and Richard will be picked up by Rose's wealthy Greek boyfriend. Thus Hyacinth holds a gathering at her house to impress the neighbours as she departs in the luxury vehicle. However her hopes die when a hearse arrives instead.

star 7.60
188 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
The Art Exhibition

#24 - The Art Exhibition

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 1992

Daddy runs off to join the Foreign Legion. Hyacinth and Richard manage to find him, but he escapes again and runs riot at an art gallery - The same art gallery that Hyacinth and Richard have been invited to!

star 7.59
130 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke
Violet's Country Cottage

#25 - Violet's Country Cottage

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 20, 1992

Hyacinth gets a chance to try some social climbing while borrowing her sister Violet's cottage for the weekend.

star 7.58
147 votes
Directors: Harold Snoad
Writers: Roy Clarke