Filthy, Rich and Catflap

Season 1 Episode 1

Dead Milkmen

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1987 on BBC Two
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Dead Milkmen
Richie wakes up feeling sexy and then discovers Eddie is also in his bed. Richie worries that he has caught Eddie's 'trouser rash'. Eddie has his head under the back of Richie's robe on a rash hunt when the milkman walks in. Richie smashes the milkman over the head with some milk bottles and inadvertently kills him. They hide the body in the cupboard. Soon, several more milkmen die as Richie and Eddie dash to the hospital to foil a paternity suit being brought against Richie in a dastardly plot to get hold of Richie's cash.moreless

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  • When Hancock met The Young Ones ...

    The first episode of this short series gives a good idea of what the show was: the illegitimate child of The Young Ones and Hancock. The characters of Rich and Eddie are not that far removed from what Messrs Mayall and Edmondson played in The Young Ones (or in their cabaret days). Richie is a pompous idiot, a failed actor this time, with Eddie just one of those layabouts who always land on their feet. Only Nigel Planer gets a completely different character to portray, a seedy, unreliable theatrical agent, proving that Planer is more of an actor than a comedian.

    If Richie reminds you of a foul-mouthed Hancock, the combination of Eddie and Ralph can be seen as a new version of Sid James. Like James in the Hancock shows (perhaps more so in the radio version), Eddie and Ralph continuously mistreat Richie, trying to cheat him out of his money.

    Of course, Hancock was never this absurd. There's plenty of slapstick violence and shouting. As usual, Ben Elton couldn't help making the occasional political statement.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Richie: How glad I am that I've always spurned regular lovers. Because, of course, by sleeping alone I get me all to myself. And I know I will always wake up with the most attractive person in the world.

    • Richie: I'm not going to prison. I'll claim diminished responsibility. Premenstrual tension! Yes, Filthy, get me a sex change!

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    • Ralph: The Iron Lady looks after businessmen like me.

      One of the nicknames of Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister when this show originally aired.

    • Ralph: (describing the size of the trouble Richie is in) Bigger than the biggest laugh Tarby ever got.

      A reference to Jimmy Tarbuck, the English comedian and quiz show host. Apart from all of his success as an entertainer, he's also known for being a boyhood friend of John Lennon.

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