The twelfth series, which was in colour, consisted of seven episodes, each of which had a different cast and storyline. The pilot episode of Are You Being Served? was intended to be broadcast early in the year but the BBC chose not to broadcast it, and was not transmitted, until the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics necessitated that it was used as a filler.
|Idle at Work||14 January 1972||30 mins|
|And Whose Side Are You On?||21 January 1972||30 mins|
|Born Every Minute||28 January 1972||30 mins|
|The Dirtiest Soldier in the World||27 March 1972||30 mins||An adaptation of one story in George MacDonald Fraser's The General Danced At Dawn.|
|No Peace on the Western Front||30 August 1972||30 mins||Set in the First World War, starred Warren Mitchell as a German soldier.|
|Weren't You Marcia Honeywell?||7 September 1972||30 mins|
|Are You Being Served?||8 September 1972||30 mins||Became a very long-running programme.|