Unencumbered by wives, jobs or any other responsibilities, three senior citizens who've never really grown up explore their world in the Yorkshire Dales. They spend their days speculating about their fellow townsfolk and thinking up adventures not usually favored by the elderly.
This comedy series, which follows the exploits of employees at London's Grace Brothers department store, is full of sexual innuendo, slapstick, visual gags and double entendres. Much of the show's humor parodies Britain's class system, with the characters rarely calling their co-workers by their given names. Many of the show's characters are based on stereotypes, including the effeminate Mr. Humphries and the rich-but-stingy store owner.
Basil Fawlty is an inept and slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager, who is tortured by "that annoying section of the general public who insist on staying at hotels." Fawlty is constantly berated by his wife, and his efforts are continually hampered by their Spanish waiter, Manuel.
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, if you please) lives to impress. And she has no patience for people who pretend to be superior -- because that makes it "so much harder for those of us who really are." Assured of her own eminence, she spends her days trying to make sure everyone else is, too. Her down-market sisters, Rose and Daisy, are a challenge, but she's always willing to talk about her rich sister Violet. Violet's eccentric, cross-dressing husband, not so much.
Thrown together by circumstance, two spirited residents of Bayview Retirement Village, a stuffy seniors home where stepping out of line is strictly frowned upon, form an alliance and begin to give the home's oppressive management a run for their money. Retired photojournalist Diana Trent is often angry, more so now because she's stuck at Bayview, and she has little use for anyone there except for former accountant Tom Ballard, who gleefully cheers Diana on as she goes about her undermining ways. This British sitcom aired originally on BBC1 from 1990 to 1994.
Curmudgeonly Victor Meldrew, forced to take early retirement from his job as a security guard, rails at the trials and tribulations of modern life as he tries to keep himself busy. His long-suffering wife, Margaret, is frequently exasperated by his misfortunes. Neighbors Patrick and Pippa Trench and family friend Jean Warboys are common witnesses to Victor's antics.
A French cafe owner tries to ride out World War II. Caught between the Gestapo and the Resistance and forced into working with both, René also struggles to hide evidence of his affairs with the waitresses from his wife, who, though she can't carry a tune, frequently performs as a singer in the cafe.