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Welcome to the Rentaghost guide at TV.com. Rentaghost was conceived and written throughout its 9 series by Bob Block, the prolific comedy writer from the 1940s to the 1980s. (Website: www.Bob-Block-scriptwriter.co.uk)

Plot Summary Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public. Over the years many ghosts came and went but the main Rentaghost crew consisted of - Timothy Claypole - A jester at the court of Queen Matilda (The Dreaded Tyrant of the Twelfth Century) Hazel the McWitch - The ghost of a Scottish witch who was recruited during the rentapotion venture Nadia Popov - A Dutch ghost who still suffered from hayfever and had a habit of 'popping off' whenever she saw a flower Fred Mumford - Originally founded Rentaghost after becoming a ghost in a shipping accident six months previously and runs the business for a short time. Hubert Davenport - A distinguished Victorian gentleman. The Meaker's next door neighbours, Rose and Arthur Perkins, were convinced that the Meaker's were a pair of nutters and hired a private detective then tried to get a psychiatrist to convince them that they needed treatment. Harold Meaker - Originally the spooks landlord but later took over the business when Fred Mumford couldn't keep up with the rent. Ethel Meaker - Harold's wife who fancies herself as a bit of a singer. TRANSMISSION DETAILS Series One Five Episodes broadcast on BBC 1 Tuesdays at 5.15pm from 6th January - 3rd February 1976 Series Two Six Episodes broadcast on BBC 1 Tuesdays at 5.15pm from 16th May - 22nd June 1976 Series Three Six Episodes broadcast on BBC 1* Tuesdays at 4.40pm from 22nd February - 29th March 1977 Series Four Six Episodes broadcast BBC 1 Thursdays at 4.35pm from 14th September-19th October 1978 Rentasanta Special Episode 24 - BBC 1 Thursday 21st December 1978 at 4.30pm Series Five Five Episodes broadcast on BBC 1 Fridays/Tuesdays at 5.10pm from 7th - 21st March 1980 Series Six Six Episodes broadcast on BBC 1 Fridays at 5.05pm from 24th April - 29th May 1981 Series Seven Thirteen episodes (including the special) broadcast on BBC 1 Tuesdays at 5.10pm from 5th October - 29th December 1982 It's Pantomime Time! Special Episode 47 - tx BBC 1 Tuesday 21st December 1982 at 5.10pm Series Eight Five Episodes broadcast BBC 1 Tuesdays at 4.40pm from 18th October-15th November 1983 Series Nine Five Episodes broadcast on BBC 1 Tuesdays at 4.35pm from 9th October - 6 November 1984 THEME TUNE The distinctive theme tune to Rentaghost was written and sung by Michael Staniforth (Timothy Claypole in the series). Different versions of the theme tune exist. First, the familiar theme tune followed by an alternate version used twice during the first series. Also detailed are a longer version from the 1983 Rentaghost annual and the complete Rentasanta theme. RENTAGHOST If your mansion house needs haunting just call, Rentaghost, We've got spooks and ghouls and freaks and fools, at Rentaghost, Hear the Phantom of the Opera, sing a haunting melody, Remember what you see is not a mystery but ..... Rentaghost! At your party be a smarty then hire Rentaghost, If you want a fright climb the spooky heights, with Rentaghost, You can let our spirits move you, and for fun play ghostman's knock, Because we aim to shock, we hope you knees will knock, that's Rentaghost. Let me say the most terrific simple ghost, not scientific, Maybe supernatural ghouys of the day. Heavy footsteps in your attic means a spectre telepathic, Is descending just to spirit you away ..... Yaaay! We are extraordinary fellas here at Rentaghost, To be another Uri Geller come to RRRRRentaghost. For a biography we've ghost writers, And not forgetting a ghost script, An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt, Ring Rentaghost, An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt, Ring Rentaghost! RENTAGHOST 1975 If your mansion house needs haunting just call, Rentaghost, We've got spooks and ghouls and poltergeists, at Rentaghost, Hear the Phantom of the Opera, sing a haunting melody, Because what you see is not ESP but, Rentaghost. At your party have seance so hire Rentaghost, We give medium tables here at, Rentaghost, You can let our spirits move you, and for fun play ghostman's knock, 'Cos we aim to shock, we hope you knees will knock, that's Rentaghost. Well it's hardly scientific but it's really quite terrific, It's the spirit of the thing that counts for you. To be a great manifestation, a phenomenal fixation, Get scared to death, become a ghost too. We are extraordinary fellas here at Rentaghost, To be another Uri Geller come to RRRRRentaghost. For a biography we've ghost writers, And not forgetting a ghost script, An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt, Ring Rentaghost, An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt, Ring Rentaghost! RENTAGHOST Annual 1983 If Your Mansion House Needs Haunting Just Call Rentaghost We've Got Spooks and Ghouls and Freaks and Fools At Rentaghost Hear the Phantom of the Opera Sing A Haunting Melody Remember What You See is Not A Mystery But Rentaghost At Your Party Be A Smarty and Hire Rentaghost If You Want A Fright Climb the Spooky Heights with Rentaghost You Can Let Our Spirits Haunt You and for Fun Play Ghostmans' Knock Because We Aim to Shock We Hope Your Knees Will Knock That's Rentaghost Let Me Say We're Most Terrific Simple Ghosts Not Scientific Merely Supernatural Ghoulies of the Day Heavy Foot Steps in Your Attic Means A Spectre Telepathic is Descending Just to Spirit You Away Hey! We Are Extraordinary Fellows Here At Rentaghost To Be Another Uri Geller Come to Rentaghost For A Biography We've Ghost Writers and Not Forgetting A Ghost Script An Apparition Quipped From Deep Inside A Crypt Ring Rentaghost An Apparition Quipped From Deep Inside A Crypt Ring Rentaghost! Every Guy and Girl Will Love the Spirit World of Rentaghost A Seance Or Two Will Blast the Past to You Via Rentaghost For Litations Try Our Visitations Great Manifestations Astrally Its Simple Esp Plus Psychic Energy And Rentaghost. We've Got Clanking Chains And Supernatural Brains At Rentaghost If Things Keep Falling Down A Poltergeist's Around From Rentaghost We Answer Any Calls We Roller Skate Through Walls We Wander Headless Down Your Halls If You Want Moans And Groans Vibrating 'Round Your Homes Call Rentaghost. Can Our Physic Save Your Souling Send Your Spirits Rock And Rolling Let Our Ghost From Coast to Coast Waft Over You To Be A Ghastly Innovation A Phenomenal Sensation Just Get Scared to Death Become A Ghost Too..Ooh! We Knock Upon Your Door Then Enter Through The Floor That's Rentaghost You Want An Exorcist to Clear The Mystic Myths Call Rentaghost Invisibility Plus Our Agility to Raise Your Spirits 'Scuse The Pun Is What Makes it Fun to Be A Deadly Son of Rentaghost When All is Said And Done Our Vision is The One Ring Rentaghost. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! RENTAGHOST Xmas 1978 Rentasanta Claus a day, We'll deliver come what may, You may never hear us knocking, But we'll fill your Christmas stocking. Sweets and toys are just a shade of, Magic stuff that dreams are made of, Thrills and chills and lots of fun, Merry Christmas everyone.

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  • "We aim to shock, we hope your knees will knock..."

    7.8
    'Rentaghost' was a children's comedy series by Bob Block, who also wrote the equally bizarre 'Pardon My Genie' and 'Robert's Robots'. It concerned an employment agency, run and staffed by three ghosts - trendy Fred Mumford, Victorian Hubert Davenport and jester Timothy Claypole. All used to 'teleport' by pinching their noses! Their landlord, and frequent victim, was Mr.Meaker. Each week, the Rentaghost gang would try their hand at something new - a taxi service, furniture removals, or entertaining hospital patients - usually with disastrous results. Mr.Claypole was always misinterpreting instructions - once, when asked to help Fred's parents move house - he did exactly that. Another story had Mr.Meaker turn into a budgie, and in yet another, his wife became a cocker spaniel. Whenever the doorbell rang, she barked! Fred's parents didn't know their son was dead - he was killed whilst working abroad - hence on home visits, he had to throw Mother's dinners away ( ghosts don't eat ). All very silly, but done with great panache. And it had one of the greatest theme tunes ever!moreless
  • Great Spooky Fun

    7.0
    Rentaghost stands out in my memories as one of my favourite programmes when I was at school, but I think it's probably best if I don't re-watch it to find out what I think of it now.



    I tend to remember the 80s seasons most, which concentrated on Timothy Claypole, after the departure of Mumford and Davenport and the arrival of Hazel the McWitch and Nadia Popov.



    It was probably all very silly and I'm not sure that there was a great deal of story to each episode, but it was great fun and it made me laugh at the time, which was the main thing.



    It must have had something going for it, it certainly had a long run.

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