Wednesday Trivia Question

What was the name of Mrs. Slocombe’s cat on Are You Being Served?

I think it’s safe to say that Mollie Sugden’s Betty Slocombe is one of the most well-known and beloved Britcom characters on both sides of the pond. She is Senior of the Ladies Department at Grace Brothers and known for many things, not the least of which is the love of her cat. The look of the feline changed throughout the series and was alternately depicted as a grey tabby, a black cat and a blue-grey Persian. The gender even changed as well – the cat was called a tom yet had kittens in another episode. Throughout the series, Mrs. Slocombe’s pet is a source of much discussion and some extremely lowbrow humor (is there such thing as a single entendre?). But what was Mrs. Slocombe’s cat’s name?

Tiddles is the name of Mrs. Slocombe’s cat. She also had a canary named Winston. In the sequel series “Grace And Favour” (known in the US as “Are You Being Served? Again!”), it was revealed that Mrs. Slocombe had another cat before Tiddles, although I can’t verify that a name was given for this previous pet.