Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It originally aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. With 2 specials aring in 2000 and 2008 on PBS. The central character is an eccentric and snobbish lower middle class social climber, Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced "Bouquet". The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects. All episodes have since been released on DVD.