The Best Episodes of Keeping Up Appearances

What To Wear When Yachting

#1 - What To Wear When Yachting 8.45

Season 3 - Episode 7

Hyacinth and Richard spend the weekend on a yacht.

The Christening

#2 - The Christening 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
The Boy Friend

#3 - The Boy Friend 8.21

Season 5 - Episode 7

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
The New Vicar

#4 - The New Vicar 8.19

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Onslow's Birthday

#5 - Onslow's Birthday 8.17

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
The Rolls Royce

#6 - The Rolls Royce 8.14

Season 5 - Episode 9

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
How to Go on Holiday without Really Trying

#7 - How to Go on Holiday without Really Trying 8.13

Season 3 - Episode 4

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.

A Barbecue at Violet's

#8 - A Barbecue at Violet's 8.12

Season 5 - Episode 8

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.

Early Retirement

#9 - Early Retirement 8.12

Season 3 - Episode 1

Richard has had to take early retirement. Sadly for him, Hyacinth has many plans for his future.

A Strange Man

#10 - A Strange Man 8.12

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Driving Mrs Fortescue

#11 - Driving Mrs Fortescue 8.12

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
The Three-Piece Suite

#12 - The Three-Piece Suite 8.09

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Iron Age Remains

#13 - Iron Age Remains 8.09

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

Please Mind Your Head

#14 - Please Mind Your Head 8.00

Season 4 - Episode 6

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!

Directors: Harold Snoad
Problems with Relatives

#15 - Problems with Relatives 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 5

Hyacinth's brother-in-law Bruce is stuck up a tree, Daddy goes to the register office to be married and Emmett meets Daisy, Onslow and Rose, throwing Hyacinth into dismay. Liz offers to drive Daddy back to Daisy's, but to avoid herself and Emmett seeing how Daisy and Onslow live, Hyacinth insists they stop off at Violet's.

Directors: Harold Snoad
A Celebrity For The Barbecue

#16 - A Celebrity For The Barbecue 8.00

Season 4 - Episode 3

For her summer entertaining, Hyacinth Bucket has decided to host an elaborate indoors barbecue. In an attempt to compete with the Barker-Finchess, she is determined to get a celebrity to attend. Meanwhile Rose gives Daisy a make-over.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Daddy's Accident

#17 - Daddy's Accident 7.99

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Daisy's Toyboy

#18 - Daisy's Toyboy 7.98

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
The Charity Shop

#19 - The Charity Shop 7.97

Season 1 - Episode 4

It is Liz and Hyacinth's day to help Mrs Nugent at the charity shop, and on their way there, Hyacinth has to make a visit to Onslow and Daisy's to remove a woman (played by Gretchen Franklin) from Daddy's room, refusing to leave. Meanwhile Rose intends to give up men, and arrives at the charity shop to donate her raunchy underwear.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Stately Home

#20 - Stately Home 7.94

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad
A Riverside Picnic

#21 - A Riverside Picnic 7.94

Season 5 - Episode 4

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.

Directors: Harold Snoad

#22 - Skis 7.92

Season 5 - Episode 5

For Richard’s birthday Hyacinth buys some skis as she believes they "will look good on the car". However needing Violet and Bruce’s roof rack the Buckets head off to Violet's luxury home, picking two neighbours up along the way. Hyacinth is thrown into a panic when arriving as Violet and Bruce are arguing.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Violet's Country Cottage

#23 - Violet's Country Cottage 7.92

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

A Picnic For Daddy

#24 - A Picnic For Daddy 7.87

Season 2 - Episode 10

Hyacinth arranges a picnic for Daddy, but things go awry when the senile old man decides to test-drive the Buckets' car. Thus Hyacinth has to ride in Onslow's, as a car chase gets underway.

Directors: Harold Snoad
Singing For Emmet

#25 - Singing For Emmet 7.86

Season 2 - Episode 7

Richard is offered early retirement and so ponders over the possibility of having to spend all day everyday with Hyacinth. Emmett is enraged when Hyacinth ends up rehearsing a performance for the old people at the Church Hall with him, and a tranquilised Rose arrives at the scene wanting to become a nun.

Directors: Harold Snoad