Filthy, Rich and Catflap

Season 1 Episode 6

Smear Campaign

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1987 on BBC Two
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Smear Campaign
Richie and Eddie have given up showbiz and begun a career as the scum. As journalists, they're digging up dirt on Midge Ure and Mrs Thatcher and what they can't find, they make up. But watch out! Now Richie's dug up his ballpoint there's no stopping him. Who else is he going to smear with his evil lies?moreless

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  • Perhaps not quite what it promised to be.

    For once I'm going to have to eat my words from a previous review. I mentioned in my review of the first episode of 'Filthy, Rich & Catflap' that the show resembled a mix of 'The Young Ones' and 'Hancock'. I'd like to apologise to Tony Hancock. The six episodes could be quite amusing at times, but they lacked the wit of the fifties classic. Too often the show was little more than gags about contemporary showbiz people, and twenty years after its initial broadcast, I found it difficult to understand all the references. Whereas anarchy made sense in 'The Young Ones', it seemed as if the writer and producer of this show let Messrs Mayall and Edmondson go mad, without good reason. Even the political satire comes across as very passé. This is the best they could do with Rupert Murdoch?

    I've given this episode 8.5 because it made me laugh at times, but I quickly forgot about it after the end credits.

    There's a point in the episode that Filthy refers to the next series, but the ending of this episode made it clear that even Elton & Jackson didn't believe in it any more.moreless
Midge Ure

Midge Ure


Guest Star

John Bird

John Bird

Dingo Wucker

Guest Star

Michael Redfern

Michael Redfern

Prison Officer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Judge: Order! The defendants will please give order!

      Eddie: All right, matey boy. I'll have pint of lager and a sweet sherry for bloodface here.

    • Richie: You got hit by a bus last week and didn't notice, did you?

      Eddie: Well, I had a lot on my mind.

      Richie: You would do with a bus on your head, wouldn't you?

    • Filthy: I want you to get me a short piece of one-inch steel piping.

      Eddie: What for?

      Filthy: If I told you that, I'd ruin the plot, wouldn't I, Eddie?

      Eddie: There's not a lot to ruin, is there? I'd hardly call this meaningless stream of bottom and knob gags a plot, would you?

    • Filthy: As I prepare to die, I have only one regret.
      Eddie: Which is?
      Filthy: I wish I wasn't being executed.

    • Richie: Benny Hill. The Beeb has got Ronnie Barker, but ITV has got the governor. Benny, a 150 years in the biz.
      Eddie: And still telling the same joke.
      Filthy: I've seen the original seaside postcard he got it off.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The 2004 UK DVD release contains a note on the sleeve that states: For contractual reasons certain edits have been made. This episode is the most heavily edited.

      The 'Oliver' scene where Richie sings 'Consider Yourself' while practising the art of pickpocketing has been cut.

      The scene where Richie sings 'Roxanne' (instead of 'Vienna') to Midge Ure has been cut.


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