Rising Damp

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Rising Damp

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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.

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Richard Beckinsale

Richard Beckinsale

Alan Moore (eps 1 - 22)

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

Gabrielle Rose

Gabrielle Rose

Brenda (eps 11 & 13 - 15)

Christopher Strauli

Christopher Strauli

Alan

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A classic show.

    9.5
    This is a classic but an almost forgotten show. The show is set in a grimy suburb boarding house run by Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). It follows his dealings with his two student boarders; Alan (Richard Beckinsale) and Philip(Don Warrington) and his attempts to seduce Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour) which come to an unforgettable climax in the series finale.



    With such a strong cast and scripts, the eposides are witty and fast. The strength of Rossiters performances shine through and his talent and comic timing give it an edge over many of the other boring sitcoms of the time. One of the few timeless sitcoms made by ITV, it can still be seen from time to time on ITV3.moreless
  • Another British sitcom classic.

    9.0
    \'Rising Damp\' is shown pretty regularly on TV all these years after production ceased on the series, which must be a testament to its staying power.



    Set in a grimy house where landlord Rigsby and his tenants (the refined Miss Jones, object of his affections; Alan, a long-haired student of medicine who never seemed to do anything useful; and Philip, a black man of tribal descent, possibly ...) rubbed along together week by week, with new lodgers coming and going, and Rigsby continuing his relentless pursuit of Miss Jones, \'Rising Damp\' was pretty much perfect.



    Not dated at all when viewed recently, these are genuinely comic characters (especially the excellent performance of the peerless Leonard Rossiter as Rigsby) in amusing situations. Rather like Rigsby\'s cat, Vienna, we sit back and watch with interest as events unfold and entertain us.



    I loved it. Laurels all round (Frances de La Tour, who is an accomplished dramatic actress on stage aside from her comedy work here, as Miss Jones; Don Warrington, still around and not looking much older, as Philip; and lovely Richard Beckinsale, who sadly died in his early thirties at the end of the 1970s, as Alan) and long may the brown door and that tinkly pub piano theme grace our screens.moreless
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