Rising Damp

Follow
ITV (ended 1978)

USER EDITOR

SrRui

 

6.5
User Rating
33 votes

SHOW REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Write A Review
Rising Damp

Show Summary

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

Video

  • THIS WEEK'S SELECTION OF DVD RELEASES CONTAINS MUCH-LOVED CLASSICS LIKE THE INCREDIBLE HULK AND GUNSMOKE. NOT TAKING A VACATION THIS SUMMER? HEAD TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WITH THE COLLEGE HILL GANG OR CHILL OUT WITH ONE OR ALL OF THE MOST HAUNTED RELEASES FROM ACROSS THE POND. WHATEVER YOUR FANCY, YOU'RE LIKELY TO FIND SOMETHING PLEASING TO POP IN YOUR DVD PLAYER THIS WEEK.

    July 17, 2007 DVD Releases

  • THERE'S A MIXED BAG OF RELEASES IN THIS WEEK'S DVD ROUNDUP, AND LOVERS OF THE OFFBEAT WILL BE PLEASED WITH THE PICKINGS. EVERYBODY LOVES THE KING OF QUEENS, AND SEASON SEVEN HITS SHELVES THIS WEEK. CHECK OUT THE 2005 VERSION OF DOCTOR WHO, AND DON'T MISS RISING DAMP AND ALLO! ALLO! FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

    January 16, 2006 DVD Releases

  • Gabrielle Rose

    Gabrielle Rose

    Brenda (eps 11 & 13 - 15)

    Leonard Rossiter

    Leonard Rossiter

    Rupert Rigsby

    Frances De La Tour

    Frances De La Tour

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

    Don Warrington

    Don Warrington

    Philip Smith

    Christopher Strauli

    Christopher Strauli

    Alan

    Wednesday
    No results found.
    Thursday
    No results found.
    Friday
    No results found.
    • 8:00 pm
      Hunted Poking the Bear
      NEW
      CBS
    •  
      Blindspot Draw O Caesar, Erase a Coward
      NEW
      NBC
    •  
      Arrow The Sin-Eater
      NEW
      CW
    •  
      The Goldbergs So Swayze It's Crazy
      NEW
      ABC
    •  
      Lethal Weapon Unnecessary Roughness
      NEW
      FOX
    • 8:30 pm
      Speechless O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY
      NEW
      ABC
    • 9:00 pm
      Criminal Minds Collision Course
      NEW
      CBS
    •  
      Law & Order: Special Victims Unit No Surrender
      NEW
      NBC
    •  
      The 100 A Lie Guarded
      NEW
      CW
    •  
      Modern Family Heavy Is the Head
      NEW
      ABC
    •  
      Star Alibi
      NEW
      FOX
    • 9:30 pm
      Blackish One Angry Man
      NEW
      ABC
    • 10:00 pm
      Doubt Then and Now
      NEW
      CBS
    •  
      Chicago P.D. Favor, Affection, Mallice or Ill-Will
      NEW
      NBC
    •  
      Match Game
      NEW
      ABC

    More Info About This Show

    Categories

    Comedy