Hyacinth's home has buckets of style.
Number 117 Heather Road In Binley Woods, Coventry,
known as the Rose and Tony Healey's bungalow, was the Bucket Residence in
Keeping Up Appearances. It has recently been voted the ninth most stylish
houses on TV alongside Sex and the City's Park Avenue apartment, Frasier,
Seattle apartment, the
Osbourne's Beverly Hills mansion and Friends apartment.
Healey, 63 said: "I was delighted and a little surprised at my home's
inclusion in the illustrious top 10! It's nearly 10 years since the BBC was
last here and we have altered the house since then. The front looks quite
different. We still get visitors, even from America, but they say it's not
the same as in the programme. They're always showing the repeats and I wish
we got paid royalties for every time it was on!"
The Healeys originally thought the whole idea of their
home being used for filming was a practical joke and were astonished to find
it was a completely serious enterprise by the BBC.
Over five years, from 1990 to 1995, dozens of cast and
crew arrived at the usually quiet Binley Woods street, including, of course,
Hyacinth herself, played by Patricia Routledge and the whole prestigious
British cast. Designers transformed the exterior, putting net curtains up at
the window and stained glass on the front door. Exterior scenes were filmed
in Binley Woods and the inside scenes were filmed in the BBC's studios. The house now has an
extension but still looks very much like in the show.
This news was posted on
www.iccoventry.co.uk on 12 Jan
2004. It did not say if proud Hyacinth organized a candlelight supper
to celebrate it.