Good Times and Great Classic Hits! WSFM101.7. All the latest from Jonesy & Amanda in the morning and the drive home with Rob Duckworth.
Is it a spin off? No not really. All the characters are the same, but the actors are different, except for good ol' John Inman (Mr Humphries).
Network Ten was behind this incredibly great idea which ran for 16 episodes from 1980-1981.
You see, and here is the genius part, Mr Humphries, is sent to Australia by Old Mr. Grace to work temporarily for his Australian cousin Mr. Bone at Bone Brothers. And even in an antipodean department store one finds exactly the same people as at home.
Apart from the new setting and Australian rather than English characters, the characters and situation were almost identical to that of the original series, as were the set design and layout and even the costuming, even down to the ever-changing hair colours of Mrs Slocombe Mark II (played by opera singer June Bronhill.) . Menswear and ladies apparel shared a floor of a large city department store and the departments came into regular conflict.
The show also has an early appearance by Shane Bourne - sans the grey hair - playing the randy sales junior Mr Randel.
The series never ran outside of Australia, so it is unknown in the UK or other countries where Are You Being Served? was popular, such as Ireland, the United States, Canada, or New Zealand.
In addition, the series has not been repeated on Australian television since the early 1980s.
Please enjoy - Are You Being Served (Down Under)?