In 1979, Garry Marshall bought the American rights for the BBC show Are You Being Served? and wanted to make it a sitcom for CBS. The pilot had been considered “lost” for years but it has recently resurfaced.
The show starred John Hillerman as Captain Peacock and Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Slocombe.
The pilot was apparently an adaptation of the original show’s German Week episode.
CBS passed on the show. Both John Hillerman and Charlotte Rae would go on to take the roles that would define their careers. John Hillerman in Magnum, PI and Charlotte Rae in The Facts of Life.