Hyacinth Bucket (which she insists is pronounced as "bouquet") is a middle class British housewife with huge social aspirations. She wants to mingle with aristocracy, millionaires, and movie stars, and preferably to be perceived as such herself. With that being her goal, Hyacinth's life is summed up in the series title: Keeping Up Appearances. It is all about pretending to be more wealthy, refined, and socially important than she really is. Everything Hyacinth says or does is calculated to impress. Unfortunately, all who know her are tired of being impressed and therefore flee when they see or hear her - except her long-suffering husband Richard who does not have that option. However, that does not stop our relentless social climber. Neither does the fact that her elaborate schemes to impress often blow up in her face.
I am a big fan of this series. I like everyting about it - the smart script, bright humor, and great performance from all the cast, especially Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth, the star of the show. One of my favorite aspects is how she brings physical comedy into this mostly "proper" rolÑƒ - climbing over a fence, riding on top of a truck, etc.
This set of 4 disks contains the first half of the show. Extras include outtakes (funny!), an interview with Patricia Routledge and other members of the cast, and Patricia's "Kitty" monologues done for TV.