This page indicates a summary for each series and episode in the popular sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. Provided is basic information on each episode, along with a brief description on the episode. Alternate episode names are shown in the second line of each title field.
We are introduced to the prim and proper Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), Hyacinth’s long-suffering husband Richard and her less-than-socially-acceptable extended family. This episode sees Hyacinth learn that her Daddy is in hospital after falling off his bicycle (nude, chasing the milkwoman).
Hyacinth’s sister Daisy and her husband Onslow drop in - while Hyacinth has the vicar and his wife to tea - to announce that Daddy has been kidnapped by a gypsy! To make matters worse, a lovelorn Rose arrives to talk to the vicar about her own funeral.
Hyacinth drags Richard off to a day at Carldon Hall, their local country stately home — but decides to visit her father first. When she arrives it turns out that he has 'escaped' from Daisy and Onslow’s house by climbing down a drainpipe dressed as "Captain Midnight"! Apparently, he’s gone to save the woman at the Post Office from a "fate worse than death" at the hands of aliens. Hyacinth and Richard then visit the stately home. Hyacinth insists on hanging around the family staircase hoping to meet nobility. To her dismay, Onslow, Daisy and Rose turn up, forcing them to make a hasty exit!
Hyacinth does her weekly volunteering shift at the local charity shop with Elizabeth and the formidable, anti-romance-tirading Mrs Councillor Nugent; meanwhile, a woman claiming to be Hyacinth's father's fiancée has moved herself into his bedroom and Hyacinth is called to manage the situation. Councillor Nugent arrives to return some unsuitable underwear donations to the donor: Rose.
In an attempt to make Onslow jealous, Daisy tries to convince him that she’s found herself a 17-year-old "toyboy," but he doesn’t seem to notice. The Ladies’ Circle is expecting a guest speaker at the church hall and Hyacinth decides to take charge of the arrangements.
On Daisy and Onslow's new granddaughter Kylie's christening day, Great-Auntie Hyacinth is most displeased that the baby's mother, Daisy and Onslow's daughter Stephanie, isn't married, but Richard encourages Hyacinth to attend the christening with an open mind. Then the mother and child don't turn up and Hyacinth and Richard go searching for them.
Hyacinth is shocked to see a strange man wearing only a towel emerge from Elizabeth’s house to get the newly-delivered milk, sending her into a tiz at what she perceives as the moral degradation of the neighbourhood. The man turns out to be Elizabeth’s brother Emmet, who lost his home in a messy divorce and has moved in with his sister. Once she finds out that he's a musician, Hyacinth sings at him at every opportunity and soon he is completely terrified of her. Meanwhile, Daddy has gone missing again.
Hyacinth and Richard drive the wealthy Mrs Fortescue, a brash and sharp-tongued woman "whose sister married a baronet", into town. Hyacinth’s plans to impress her are crushed when Daisy and Rose flag down the Buckets for a lift and they all wind up in a local pub, where Mrs Fortescue has more fun with Daisy and Rose than with Hyacinth.
Hyacinth wants to impress Emmet with her musical talents at an elaborate musical candlelight supper. Her plans backfire when a short-skirted Rose turns up followed by two aggressive men who fight on the doorstep.
The Major invites the Buckets to a golfing weekend at The Chesford Grange Hotel. All is well until Onslow and Daisy turn up unexpectedly to collect Rose, who has spent an amorous weekend with a Mr Smith in Room 210. When Hyacinth realises that her family is there, she fears for her social standing. Adding to her dilemma are the amorous intentions of the Major.
Hyacinth’s brother-in-law Bruce is stuck up a tree and Daddy goes to the register office to be married. Liz offers to drive Daddy back to Daisy’s, but to avoid them seeing how Daisy and Onslow live, Hyacinth insists they stop off at Violet’s.
Hyacinth is dreading an invite to Onslow’s birthday party, but changes her mind when Rose says her wealthy Greek boyfriend will pick up Hyacinth and Richard in one of his 'big cars'. So she decides to hold 'pre-lunch cocktails' at her home to impress the neighbours as she departs in the luxury vehicle. Her hopes disintegrate when a hearse arrives.
Richard is offered early retirement and ponders a future spending all day every day with Hyacinth. Emmet is enraged when Hyacinth ends up rehearsing a performance for the old people at the Church Hall with him and a tranquilized Rose arrives at the scene wanting to become a nun.
Daddy has ended up at the toy store dressed as an astronaut and is "improving" a few toys with the help of a screwdriver: total cost 235 quid. Hyacinth’s social status is nearly ruined when she encounters Mrs Councilor Nugent in town while attempting to retrieve Daddy.
Hyacinth excitedly anticipates the arrival of her new three-piece suite ("an exact replica of the one at Sandringham House!") delivered (and making Mrs Barker-Finch jealous. She's giving Daisy and Onslow her old suite, provided that they pick it up themselves. These two events will likely collide at some point, creating another social disaster.
Hyacinth arranges a special picnic for Daddy, but things go awry when the senile old man decides to drive the Buckets’ car away, resulting in a car chase between him and the rest of the family. Onslow’s car breaks down, so the vicar and his wife pick up Hyacinth and her family.
Hyacinth hires a Father Christmas outfit for Richard to wear when distributing gifts to the old people at the Church Hall. Against his will, Richard puts it on, but after one too many sherries with Emmet, Elizabeth must don the outfit and pretend to be him, but as usual, disaster strikes.
Turning up for his final day at work, Richard finally faces the prospect of early retirement; meanwhile, Hyacinth telephones the Prime Minister asking if anything's on the honours list for Richard. Later the house-proud lady prepares for a guest, but Rose’s latest boyfriend’s dog parks itself on her driveway.
Now that Richard is retired, Hyacinth decides to expand their knowledge of local history. The pair head off into the country in search of Iron Age remains. Meanwhile, a freshly-dumped Rose locks herself in her room and calls for the vicar.
Hyacinth borrows Violet and Bruce’s luxury cottage for the weekend and prepares a barbecue. In an attempt to impress Bunty, the lady from the manor house, Hyacinth drinks a bit too much and gets carried away with the summer spirit while Richard searches for Bunty’s dog and encounters her husband Dorian. Meanwhile, Daddy has a new Polish girlfriend, "Mrs Thing".
Jealous over hearing about a neighbour's luxury holiday, Hyacinth decides to impress the neighbours by pretending to go on an expensive vacation herself. Meanwhile, Onslow decides to take Richard away to help him discover "the joys of irresponsibility." Hyacinth has a humbling experience volunteering for church cleaning.
Hyacinth gets Richard started filming with the videocamera he was awarded for his retirement and boasts to the neighbours that he is a film maker, which impresses Councillor Mrs Nugent, who is coming for afternoon tea. Then Onslow's car breaks down outside her house and Richard is brought home in a police car.
Hyacinth’s preparations to visit an art exhibition are thrown off-course when Daddy goes off to join the Foreign Legion. Rose and her latest boyfriend help hunt for him, not realizing that their suggestive conversation is being broadcast throughout the neighbourhood. When Hyacinth finally finds Daddy he’s holding a sign that reads "If you love me let me know" outside the home of his latest romantic interest.
Hyacinth and Richard head off on a yachting weekend, only to discover that the boat is a small, dilapidated, moored-up vessel. Their attempts to move it downstream, away from a more-impressive yacht, end in disaster.
Hyacinth’s attempts to keep Richard's retirement interesting continue with her finding him a potential executive job in Frosticle’s frozen foods; to impress the manager of the company she has contrived a plot involving Onslow and golf. Meanwhile Hyacinth’s Daddy is a naturist.
The Buckets search for "a little place in the country", but what Hyacinth really wants is something large and impressive. During their search an old farmer with a speech impediment takes a liking to her, but his wife isn’t so friendly. While checking out property Richard gets stuck in an attic and Hyacinth is chased by some sheep.
Looking For Properties and Please Mind Your Head are sequels to this episode.
For her summer entertaining, Hyacinth has decided to host an elaborate indoors-outdoors luxury barbecue with finger buffet and she's determined to get a local celebrity as a guest, hoping to one-up those Barker-Finch neighbours! Richard reveals to Hyacinth that he sees C.P. Benedict, the manager of the local garden centre, walking his dog in the park; upon hearing this, Hyacinth is ecstatic and realises that she has seen C.P. Benedict on the television several times, so tries to make him come to her barbecue. Meanwhile, Daisy is convinced that Onslow is seeing another woman, so Rose gives Daisy a makeover to make her look more attractive for Onslow.
Hyacinth switches on her sailing persona when volunteering to collect a guest-speaker Commodore from a railway station. Unfortunately Richard’s car gets clamped and they cannot find the man they are to escort. When Hyacinth does finally meet the Commodore, she is unprepared for his attempts at seduction.
A policeman arrives to inform Hyacinth that her senile Daddy has been kept at the police station for patrolling the town hall with a bayonet. She sends Richard (heavily disguised) to retrieve him while she goes to look at country properties with Elizabeth, but Richard is terrified that she'll get carried away and buy something they cannot afford.
Hyacinth and Richard spend time in their very small apartment in the countryside. Hyacinth invites Elizabeth and Emmet for afternoon cucumber sandwiches, but bump into them on their way there and Hyacinth tries to give the impression that she can ride a horse. Later Emmet’s head gets stuck in the ceiling after Elizabeth spills her ice-cold lemonade on him, as Hyacinth’s other invited guests arrive.
Hyacinth has volunteered Richard to fix the church-hall electrics in time for the bring and buy sale, despite his lack of electrical capabilities. Meanwhile Onslow, Daisy and Rose turn up with Daddy, who believes he is back in the war and he takes command when Richard's repair efforts end in disaster.
Hyacinth and Richard prepare for their luxury stay on the QE2. Traffic problems, a muddy field and too much luggage result in a disastrous start to the holiday: they are too late to board the ship at Southampton and it leaves without them. But they finally board the ship by flying to meet it at Copenhagen, Denmark. Once on the ship, Hyacinth believes that Onslow and Daisy are also on board the luxury liner — as stowaways.
Hyacinth searches for her dream kitchen worktop, while Richard has developed athlete's foot, a lower-class ailment Hyacinth doesn’t approve of. As a result, she insists they call it gout, a disease supposedly caused by "an excess of good living". Meanwhile, Daddy has gone missing again and a stranger has taken over his bed.
Hyacinth volunteers to look after some senior citizens on a church outing to Great Yarmouth. She gets more than she bargained for when the mischievous vicar assigns her an amorous old Italian and a motion-sickness-prone woman, as well as the long-suffering Elizabeth and Richard who is driving the minibus.
Hyacinth prepares for the Mayor’s fancy dress ball and is also on a mission to impress the new neighbours, a few streets away, but she’s greatly displeased with the costumes Richard hires for them. After deciding on a better idea, Hyacinth finds that most of the female guests have exactly the same costume she has! Meanwhile Rose is engaged to a Polish man whose name she can’t pronounce.
Richard is terrified to wake up to Hyacinth smiling at him and even more terrified when he realizes he's forgotten their wedding anniversary. He saves the day when he decides to have an alarm system installed, claiming it is Hyacinth’s "surprise" anniversary present and Hyacinth verbally harasses the representative and his employees as she wants an alarm in 'dusky pink'.
Hyacinth organises a 'waterside supper with riparian entertainment', much to the despair of those she invites, which consists of Elizabeth, Emmet, the vicar and his wife. Despite Emmet’s and the vicar’s best efforts they find getting out of Hyacinth’s function impossible. As usual her plans of perfection are shattered, this time because a dredger dumps dirt in her chosen location.
Hyacinth has bought Richard skis for his birthday because they "will look good on the car". Needing Violet and Bruce’s roof-rack, the Buckets head off to Violet’s luxury home, picking up two neighbours along the way and arriving to find Violet and Bruce arguing.
Richard tries to save his wallet from losing some weight when he and Hyacinth attend an estate auction in the country and Liz and Emmet dodge Hyacinth in the manor halls. Meanwhile, a Mrs Braddock has commandeered Onslow’s car and is impersonating his dog, which has gone missing. In the end Hyacinth comes away with several bottles of "the Dowager Lady Ursula's homemade gooseberry wine" and gets drunk.
Hyacinth sings to her heart’s content when discovering Emmet’s latest musical The Boy Friend is in production. Meanwhile Daddy is once again thinking that he is back in the war and guarding Onslow’s house with a bayonet, while Daisy hopes to have Onslow to herself for the day.
When Bruce and Violet’s constant arguing threatens Hyacinth’s luxury barbecue, she resorts to desperate musical measures to keep her family scandals from public exposure. Things go even more wrong when Hyacinth’s father throws a bucket of horse manure on the buffet after it catches fire.
An excited Hyacinth has put an advert in the local newspaper to teach people social etiquette, but the clientele proves far different from what she expected. It turns out they wanted a striptease dancer as a result of misreading her advert. Before leaving, she has to send Richard to get Daddy out.
Hyacinth and Richard arrive at the church hall as Hyacinth organises a pageant based on the English Civil War, with herself as Queen Henrietta Maria and Richard as Charles I. However, all of the volunteers supposedly taking part are unable to make it. At a last-minute attempt to get the show off the ground, Hyacinth invites Onslow, Daisy, Rose, Bruce and Violet to participate. Later in rehearsals, however, Hyacinth falls foul of a stage accident, after accident prone Liz pulls the wrong rope. Meanwhile, Daddy is dancing the tango with a man.