I realize that sitcoms are fiction, but I’m curious if Are You Being Served? doesn’t contain some kernels of truth about the British workplace (or at least, the British workplace of the late 70’s/early 80’s, and/or in stuffy department stores).
The employees address each other by Mr./Mrs./Miss, and only rarely by their first names.
A very strict pecking order exists, and the lower you are on it, the worse you are treated (Mrs. Slocombe once game Miss Brahms a dressing down because her (Miss Brahms’) dress had more frills on it than Mrs. Slocombe’s).
Even the most minor of shortcomings in your appearance are not tolerated (Captain Peacock once reamed Mr. Lucas because of some imperfection in Mr. Lucas’ hankerchief).
The employees stand up and bow when the Big Boss (in this case, Young Mr. Grace) enters the room.
Is this in any way representative of what life is (or was) like in a British workplace?