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Is that… the lady of the house speaking?
Snobbish Hyacinth Bucket – pronounced “bouquet”, of course – was obsessed with social climbing and knowing what the neighbours thought in classic 90s sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
The show occupied a primetime slot on BBC One for five years, from 1990 to 1995, with repeats running at various points in the subsequent two decades.
It pulled it decent viewing figures, proving popular with audiences of all different ages.
But where are Hyacinth’s eccentric family, patient husband and weary neighbours now?
Here, we join a candlelit supper to find out exactly what occurred…
After the show ended in 1995, Routledge went on to play an amateur detective in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
She also starred in many theatre roles.
Routledge, 92 – although she looks incredibly youthful – has had an impressive 70-year career.
In 2017 she was made a Dame for her services to entertainment and charity. She has never married and does not have any children.
Swift was Hyacinth’s put-upon husband.
Afterwards he starred in one-off episodes of shows including Peak Practice and Doctor Who and was Roy in The Old Guys.
Swift was a songwriter and toured the UK with his music shows.
He died in 2019 aged 82. He was dad to three children, including Gardeners World presenter Joe Swift.
Josephine Tewson & David Griffin
(Elizabeth Warden & Emmet Hawsworth
Elizabeth was the nervous neighbour who trembled when she had to handle Hyacinth’s China.
Emmet, her brother, joined in series two.
Tewson, 89, wed twice, including Leonard Rossiter. She was Miss Davenport in last Of The Summer Wine until 2010. In 2012, she did one-woman show Still Keeping Up Appearances?
Former Hi-De-Hi! star Griffin, 77, toured with Su Pollard in The Good Sex Guide. He has done panto.
Mary Millar & Geoffrey Hughes
(Rose & Onslow)
Millar was the second actress to play man-eater Rose.
In 1997 she played Mrs Potts in Beauty And The Beast but died a year later at 62 of ovarian cancer.
Corrie star Hughes (pictured below) was slob Onslow. He played Twiggy in The Royle Family, loveable rogue Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and starred in Skins.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the 1990s and died at 68 in 2012.
Cheerful Daisy was always reading romantic novels – and trying to get her lazy husband Onslow to have sex with her but failing miserably.
Cornwell, 80, went on to play Heather Trott’s mum Queenie in EastEnders, among other roles. She has published several popular novels.
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