Staff of Grace Brothers department store in London with their personal problems and their professional secrets.
When Mr Tebbs leaves the department the management decides to promote Mr Humphreys and Mr Lucas and look for a new junior.
When Mr. Tebbs retires, Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas are both promoted, so Mr. Rumbold and Young Mr. Grace advertise for candidates for the junior position. Harry Goldberg, a gifted salesman with an endearing personality, immediately makes himself popular with all the staff, except with Captain Peacock, whom Mr. Goldberg says he used to know back in the army.
Strong Stuff This Insurance
The staff gets the opportunity to participate in a lucrative group insurance scheme that will land them all sizable pensions upon retirement. Unfortunately, they must first pass through a physical examination.
Mrs. Slocombe is rendered temporarily homeless after squatters invade her new flat. After her co-workers fail to provide accommodation, Young Mr. Grace allows her to move into the store’s empty floor.
Mrs. Slocombe, Senior Person
Mr. Rumbold is taken ill with food poisoning and Young Mr. Grace appoints Mrs. Slocombe to take his place.
Mr. Franco of the Sports Department uncovers an embarrassing secret about Captain Peacock and spreads gossip among the entire department store. To save face, Captain Peacock’s colleagues urge him to challenge Franco into a boxing match.
Anything You Can Do
When the staff complains one time too many about the food and service in the canteen, the caterers issue an ultimatum: present them with a written apology or man the canteen themselves. Staff chose the second option.
Mr. Goldberg is running a lucrative side business recruiting his colleagues for higher paid sales positions in competing department stores.
The Punch and Judy Affair
The Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ departments become pariahs when they choose not to take part in a company-wide strike. In an attempt to regain favour, the departments stage a life size Punch and Judy show to entertain the children of the store’s staff.