I can’t remember when I first came across the British comedy series “Are You Being Served?” but it was definitely on Buffalo’s PBS television station WNED and well after the program first aired in Britain in the 1970s.
One of the show’s most colourful figures, John Inman (aka Mr. Humphries) has died in London at the age of 71. He is survived by his partner of 35 years, Ron Lynch. The two had celebrated a civil partnership ceremony in London just before Christmas of 2005.
Inman’s memorable character, Mr. Humphries, worked with an ingenious ensemble cast as employees of Grace Brothers’ Department Store (Mollie Sugden as Mrs Slocombe, Frank Thornton as Captain Peacock, Wendy Richard as Miss Brahms, Nicholas Smith as Mr Rumbold). Mr. Humphries was an outlandish, camp fellow who knew the finer details of men’s wardrobes (and took a special interest in measuring inseams!) He was just so funny that I couldn’t help but love him!
This link will certainly get you acquainted with him if you aren’t already.
Mr. Humphries’ catchphrase, “I’m free!” is particularly poignant given the circumstances of John Inman’s death, said to be the result of Hepatitis A-related liver problems which had been afflicting him since 2004. He is now free from mortal pain and misery.