Filthy, Rich and Catflap

Season 1 Episode 6

Smear Campaign

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1987 on BBC Two
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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 (14)

    • Eddie: Sex, drink, nightclubs.
      Richie: I've got it! "Richie has some sex and a drink in a nightclub."
      Eddie: , no, what about, "Richie has sex with a knight whilst drunk in a club"?
      Richie: Good, good. What about "Richie gets put in the club by a drunk during the night"?

    • Richie: What about my drug problem?
      Eddie: Which is?
      Richie: Well we've run right out of aspirin. And I'm getting very fond of Night Nurse.

    • Prison Officer: The condemned man ate a hearty breakfast consisting of 40 fags and a bottle of Scotch. Unfortunately we were unable to comply with his last request due to objections from the RSPCA.
      Filthy: Bloody do-gooders

    • Mr. Wucker: This story of yours about the chancellor of the exchequer. Couldn't you work a bird into it some way? Oh, come on. Look you're a journo for God's sake, take some pride in your work. Who is this chancellor for a start?
      Richie: Well he's a government minister, Mr. Wucker.
      Mr. Wucker: Ah, it's a he, eh? Oh, that means he's knobbed somebody recently, right? Find out who, offer her £200 quid and get her to do us a topless and if she won't, have her house robbed, pinch her photo albums and find me a tits-out sunbathing shot.
      Richie: Er, I don't think Mrs. Lawson's ever been tits-out sunbathing.

    • Richie: Mr. Wucker, we hate unions and you've saved England by destroying them. How clever you were to move your premises to Wapping so that under Thatcher's new union laws, you could sack everyone after many years' service and when they gathered outside your gates to protest at their impending starvation, how lucky we taxpayers were to be able to pay for thousands of police to keep them away from your huge stash of cash which they'd earned for you in the first place.

    • Filthy: This is no time to mince with words, Eddie. We must be honest. Richie is a lying, cheating, vicious right-wing bastard with the sexual sophistication of a mentally retarded donkey. Which means you are ideally suited to be.
      Richie: A journalist?

    • Richie: Eddie, could we please just get on with the play? Who knows who's watching. Mrs. Thatcher's probably watching. She's a wonder woman workaholic who needs no sleep and does a 36 hour day.
      Eddie: Well she'd need 36 hours a day to screw things up the way she does.

    • Richie: No, no, no! It's all in the book. "Why, Doctor," Mr Brownlow will say in his gruff but kindly voice, "Know ye not these two little urchins, Eddie and Richie? Study on the portrait of my dead daughter. Surely you'll vouchsafe that their faces are just like Fanny's?"
      Eddie: Speak for yourself.

    • Richie: Your Honour, I throw myself on the mercy of the court. I am only 14 years old. Make me your ward. Bring me up as your own and in time we shall learn to love each other. I have been cruelly used and am an emaciated waif.
      Eddie: That's right your honor. A 14-stone emaciated waif.
      Richie: I've got heavy bones

    • 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.


    • "Richie: Er, I don't think Mrs Lawson's ever been tit-out sunbathing."  This is a reference to the the wife of the chacellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson who was chancellor when the episode was filmed.

    • Dingo Wucker: Hey, let's be careful out there.

      A reference to the famous line of Sergeant Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues.

    • Media mogul Dingo Wucker is an obvious reference to Rupert Murdoch.

    • Richie: (complaining about Midge Ure) No wonder Andrew Ridgeley left the act.

      Richie confuses Ultravox with Wham!, the band of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

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