Rising Damp

ITV (ended 1978)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 6

    Come On In the Water's Lovely

    Aired 5/9/78

  • S 4 : Ep 5

    Under the Influence

    Aired 5/2/78

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    Pink Carnations

    Aired 4/25/78

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    Great Expectations

    Aired 4/18/78

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Fire and Brimstone

    Aired 4/11/78

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gabrielle Rose

    Brenda (eps 11 & 13 - 15)

  • Leonard Rossiter

    Rupert Rigsby

  • Frances De La Tour

    Miss Ruth Jones (eps 1 - 11 & 16 - 28)

  • Don Warrington

    Philip Smith

  • Christopher Strauli


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  • show Description
  • Rumour has it that somewhere deep in the rain forests of South America, there still exist undiscovered tribes of people completely cut off from civilization, untouched by technology, and oblivious to the existence of the great world beyond the waterfall. If this is so, then these people are quite possibly the only humans on the entire planet that have never stood with hands on hips, nodded their heads vigorously back and forth and uttered the line "Yes, Miss Jones." Certainly everyone else, however, has. Such is the legendary status of one miserly, prejudiced, scheming and generally unlikeable bed-sit landlord called Rigsby. Rising Damp originated as a script for a stage play, The Banana Box, in 1970. It's author, Eric Chappell, was inspired by a newspaper article about a black man who had guested at a hotel for a year, pretending to be an African prince as a means of avoiding discrimination. The play enjoyed a short lived run in 1971, with Wilfred Brambell as landlord Rooksby, and again in 1973 where regular stars Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances De La Tour were cast. It was on this final run that a Yorkshire Television executive was invited to see it, and recognised it's potential as sit-com material. In 1974, The Banana Box became one of six sit-com pilot episodes commissioned by YTV, the others being Badger's Set, Brotherly Love, Slater's Day, You'll Never Walk Alone and Oh No, It's Selwyn Frogit! During production of The Banana Box, the title was deemed unsuitable and changed to Rising Damp (after a line from the script). Also, due to a complaint from a real Mr Rooksby, the lead character's name was altered to the more familiar Rigsby after a flick through the phone book. Audience reaction to the pilot were deemed favourable enough for YTV to commission a series. In fact, the show ran to four series, a Christmas special and a successful feature film, winning multiple awards along the way.moreless

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  • Quotes (6)

    • Rigsby: We use our brains too much, you know.
      Alan: No danger of that from you, Rigsby!
      Rigsby: Nothing wrong with my brain, mate. I passed the scholarship.

    • Alan: I don't think I make a good revolutionary. I keep rushing to the lavatory. You can't keep rushing to the lavatory during a demonstration, can you?

    • Philip: You're a reactionary. Rigsby: No, I'm not! Philip: You want to bring back hanging. Rigsby: So what? A lot of people want to bring back hanging. Philip: Not in public, Rigsby!

    • Rigsby: You're a member of the permissive society. You're meant to know where the erogenous regions are. Alan: I know where the Himalayas are, but I've never been up 'em.

    • Rigsby: When I was you age, it was very important, the purity of a woman. It's the finest gift a woman can give a man on their wedding night. Now he has to make do with a set of cufflinks.

    • Alan: We believe in love without fear. Rigsby: I seem to remember the last time you indulged in love without fear you spent three days under that bed hiding from her father.

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    Notes (10)

    • Richard Beckinsale wears a brown wig during the first 2 series of the show. during the 3rd series it changes to a black one.

    • Viewing figures were a very respectable 6.1 million on original broadcast.

    • Episode was formerly known as Rooksby.

    • Episode is also known as The New Tenant.

    • On the front door it's revealed the house number as No.917.

    • The house number changed from No.917 to No.34.

    • With this episode, Rising Damp won the Best Comedy category of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards for 1977.

    • Originally Alan's girlfriend was to be called Angela.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A classic show.

    By shanebradley1, May 19, 2009

  • Another British sitcom classic.

    By D-LinkUK, Nov 30, 2006

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