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Mr. Ernest Grainger
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Are You Being Served?
Portrayed by Arthur Brough
Duration 1972–1977
First appearance Are You Being Served? (1972)
Last appearance It Pays to Advertise (1977)
Cause/reason retirement
Created by Jeremy Lloyd
David Croft
Gender Male
Occupation Head of Menswear

Mr. Ernest Grainger[]

Ernest Grainger (Arthur Brough) was the original head of the menswear department; he had been with Grace Brothers for over four decades. He resented being forced to share the floor with the Ladies Department. He vaguely resembled Winston Churchill, in both appearance and demeanor, and did impressions of him during the war while in ENSA. Mr Grainger often fell asleep while in the store, and failed to wake up when being called, unless Mr Humphries asked him "Are you free, Mr Grainger?" When flabbergasted, Mr. Humphries would often come to his aid and call for water for him: "Glass of water for Mr. Grainger!"

Although he generally got on well with the others, Mr Grainger would protest and become resentful whenever a situation occurred that forced the menswear department to share valuable space with the ladies, or when Captain Peacock would nonchalantly drop a reference to a perk he had earned despite having less time at the store than Mr Grainger (such as a visit to the company boardroom). When given a chance to fill in for Mr. Rumbold, who was leaving for a one-month conference (in a nice gesture, as it would entitle Mr Grainger to collect a bit more money on his pension), the position went to his head; while taking full advantage of all Mr Rumbold's perks (in particular the liquor cabinet and cigars), he became a strict disciplinarian to the rest of the staff, threatening to put an adverse entry in Peacock's record and actually sacking Mrs. Slocombe (however, he did repent his ways by the end of the episode). His character left when Arthur Brough retired from acting in 1977 following the death of his wife Elizabeth Addyman, to whom he had been married for fifty years. Arthur Brough himself died several weeks later.