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Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe - S10-E1

New this week Revealing mistake: At the end during the credits Mr Humphries and the Lady he played are onscreen at the same time and you can see the splice job made to allow that to happen.

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By Appointment - S6-E1

New this month Continuity mistake: Normally the windows in Mr Rumbold's office are latch swing open style, but when the staff are viewing the parade they are plainer push up windows.

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Mrs. Slocombe Expects - S5-E1

New this month Factual error: Mrs Slocombe's cat gives birth, but the kittens shown at the end are way older than ones who are supposed to have been born just moments before.

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Oh What a Tangled Web - S4-E6

New this month Revealing mistake: The cake the groom's father has is supposed to be real, but when smashed over Mr Grainger's head it's made out of styrofoam and is hollow.

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Friends and Neighbours - S10-E6

New this month Revealing mistake: When Mrs Slocombe's cat is supposed to be under the hat and "eats" the clockwork mouse, it is clear that the hat is a machine. This is most obvious when the hat spits out the mouse which shows the wheels.

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German Week - S3-E6

Revealing mistake: When Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas make their toast with the German mugs, Mr. Lucas' mug breaks but Mr. Humphries' does not. A moment later, when Mr. Humphries notices the mug has not broken, you can see that he crushes the mug with his hand.

The Night Club - S10-E5

Revealing mistake: At the very beginning while the opening jingle is still going on, the camera cuts to Mr. Spooner standing behind the counter; he remains motionless, coat in hand, for a second or two before getting his cue to walk across the floor and begin the show.

The Father Christmas Affair - S4-E7

Revealing mistake: At the end, when Mr. Grace is inspecting the Father Christmases, you can see his secretary behind the scenery waiting for her cue.

The Night Club - S10-E5

Revealing mistake: When Mr. Humphries is talking to the canteen manageress about her lines as the hat check girl, in the shots of the former one can see Mr. Harman standing about in the background, waiting and watching for his cue to come on.

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Continuity mistake: The Gentlemen's and Ladies' Department is on the first, third, or fourth floor of Grace Brothers, depending on the episode.

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Continuity mistake: The set up of the canteen changes from episode to episode. It is never the same way twice.

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Goodbye Mr. Grainger - S5-E6

New this month Revealing mistake: When Captain Peacock goes behind the curtain to the hall way to Mr Rumbold's office, you can see that the sets are right next to each other and the other actors are waiting in there for the next scene.

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No Sale - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: Mrs Slocombe arrives with her hair in disarray, but once she walks away she only has time to put her coat away before she returns, by that time her hair is neat with no evidence of it being messy. She had to have returned quickly to hear Mr Humphries' story as she comments on it shortly after.

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The Clock - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: Mrs Slocombe is showing a bride a veil and puts it on the counter, but in the next shot she is still holding it and puts it down again.

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Front Page Story - S8-E3

Continuity mistake: In the ruined photo taken of Old Mr. Grace and his nurse and secretary, the secretary is looking away from the camera and her leg is raised. However, in the scene preceding, she was looking at the camera and raised her leg after the flash went off. Also in the photo, both of Mr. Humphries' feet are in the air, though one was on the floor when the picture was taken.

The Night Club - S10-E5

Character mistake: When Mrs. Slocombe volunteers to sing while Captain Peacock plays piano, Mr. Humphries responds that he didn't know she could sing, even though the department staff has been involved in many musical numbers over the series.

The Hold Up - S10-E3

Plot hole: When the robbers come onto the floor and go into Mr. Rumbold's office, the staff suggests calling the police, only to be told by Mr. Harman that the only outside line is in Rumbold's office. This, despite the fact that there have been numerous occasions throughout the series where characters made and received personal calls on the department phones (Mrs. Slocombe calling her cat, Mr. Humphries calling his mother, etc).

The Old Order Changes - S5-E4

Continuity mistake: In this episode, it is revealed that Mr. Lucas' first name is Dick; but way back in series 2 ("The Clock"), his first name is given as "James." This discrepancy takes place a few times over the course of the entire show run.

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Other mistake: There is another counter on the floor, to the right of the stairs, that is usually staffed by two women besides Ms. Brahms and Mrs. Slocombe. But throughout the show when there is a on-floor meeting for the entire floor staff, these two are never included in the discussions.

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Factual error: 2016 special - You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks: Mr Harmon comments on a perfume called Belle, which he thinks is called "Belly", "I wonder what the next one will be called. Bingo Wings?" The episode is set in 1988 and the term "bingo wings" didn't exist before the 1990s.

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Trivia

The "lift voice" heard during the theme song in each episode is that of Stephanie Gathercole, who played Mr. Rumbold's secretary in the earliest episodes.

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