Rising Damp

ITV (ended 1978)


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Episode Guide

    • Pink Carnations
      Pink Carnations
      Season 4 - Episode 4

      Rigsby tries to find a woman through an ad in the personal column and receives a surprising response.

    • Fire and Brimstone
      Fire and Brimstone
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Rigsby convinces his new tenant, a pious Welsh student, that Philip is in need of spiritual guidance, but it's Rigsby who sees the light.
    • A Body Like Mine
      A Body Like Mine
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Rigsby reluctantly joins a communal fitness craze.
    • Great Expectations
      Great Expectations
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Rigsby persuades Ruth to impersonate his estranged wife so he can collect an inheritance from his great uncle.
    • Stage Struck
      Stage Struck
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      When Alan and Ruth are cast as lovers in a play written by a new tenant, Hillary, a jealous Rigsby decides to take up acting.
    • Under the Influence
      Under the Influence
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Rigsby persuades a tenant behind on his rent to hypnotize Ruth and plant the idea she's madly in love with Rigsby.
    • Clunk Click
      Clunk Click
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Rigsby tries to impress Ruth with a fancy new car.
    • For the Man Who Has Everything
      For the Man Who Has Everything
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Rigsby spends Christmas alone, but both Alan and Philip return early looking for some solitude for romance.
    • A Night Out
      A Night Out
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Alan and Philip are pleasantly surprised by Rigsby's rather dapper appearance. It is Miss Jones' birthday, and Rigsby has booked a table at The Grange. The only problem is that he doesn't know how to ask her, and so he has to invite the boys in order that they will ask her for him. After a quick rummage in the wardrobe of another tenant, Spooner the wrestler, Rigsby and Alan acquire suitable attire for the restaurant, and so they all depart for the evening. Unfortunately for Rigsby, Philip seems to be holding Miss Jones' attention at the table and on the dance floor. That is until the band strike up a waltz, which happens to be Rigsby's forte. His luck is short lived however, as Spooner turns up and demands to know why Rigsby is wearing his clothes. The resulting fracas sees Miss Jones' embarrassed exit, and Rigsby's ejection, from the restaurant.moreless
    • Moonlight and Roses
      Moonlight and Roses
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Rigsby jumps to the conclusion that Ruth has fallen in love with him.
    • Permissive Society
      Permissive Society
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Philip arranges a blind date for Alan, so he can be alone with Ruth, who's been let down by her latest suitor.
    • Come On In the Water's Lovely
      Come On In the Water's Lovely
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Rigsby finally proposes to Ruth when he receives his long awaited divorce papers.
    • The Perfect Gentlemen
      The Perfect Gentlemen
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      A well-bred new tenant brings out Rigsby's aristocratic aspirations.
    • Food Glorious Food
      Food Glorious Food
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Rigsby has to choose between his pride and his stomach when Philip challenges his ability to go without food for three days.
    • The Prowler
      The Prowler
      Season 1 - Episode 6

      Ruth's screams of a prowler brings Rigsby to her side and prompts a visit from the regional crime squad.

    • Things That Go Bump in the Night
      Things That Go Bump in the Night
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Rigsby tries to spook Alan by telling him that the boarding house is haunted.
    • The Cocktail Hour
      The Cocktail Hour
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Alan becomes engaged to a girl from a snobbish family.
    • Charisma
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      After a recent spate of ill luck in the romance department, Rigsby turns to Alan and Philip to offload his woes. Sensing an opportunity to get a favour out of Rigsby, Alan and Philip bestow instant charisma on him in the form of a huge medallion, a Matt Monro LP and a bottle of relaxant pills. Rigsby wastes no time in visiting Miss Jones to woo her to the strains of Matt Monro, however a mild overdose of the relaxants causes him to fall asleep considerably earlier than he had anticipated. When he finally wakes up, he sets about finding Alan to duff him up, but instead decides to try a plan of Philip's whereby he burns the wood of the love tree outside Ruth's hut, a plan without drawbacks as Ruth will be unable to resist the enchanting aroma. However, as Rigsby's plan goes up in smoke as it were, all favours to Alan and Philip are withdrawn much to their frustration.moreless
    • All Our Yesterdays
      All Our Yesterdays
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Rigsby has to tell Spooner, an ill-tempered wrestler, to turn down the volume on his radio.
    • Black Magic
      Black Magic
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Rigsby has been busy trying to attract Miss Jones' attentions. Meanwhile, Miss Jones has been busy trying to attract Philip's attentions. During a chat with the boys, Rigsby is told that Philip has ten wives, and that he is seen as a God in his own country. Rigsby is somewhat sceptical and demands proof of Philip's powers. Philip claims he can make something appear, and so performs a small ritual in which he bangs the floor three times with a ceremonial spear. Before long, a scantily clad Miss Jones enters the room in something of a fluster, hastily makes an excuse and leaves. Rigsby however, is still not convinced. Later, when he is alone, Alan tries the same ritual, and again Miss Jones rushes upstairs believing the knocking to be a call from Philip. Later, when Rigsby finds himself alone in the room with the spear, he cannot resist attempting to conjure Miss Jones' appearance himself. Unfortunately he only manages to raise the laughter of Alan and Philip who spy on him from the door.moreless
    • Stand Up And Be Counted
      Stand Up And Be Counted
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Rigsby's political loyalties are put to the test as election fever grips the house.
    • Suddenly at Home
      Suddenly at Home
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Rigsby jumps to a drastic conclusion when a hypochondriac tenant is taken to the hospital.
    • The Good Samaritan
      The Good Samaritan
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Even the callous Rigsby becomes concerned over a depressed new tenant who has suffered a series of business and personal problems.
    • The Last Of The Big Spenders
      The Last Of The Big Spenders
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Rigsby tries to seduce a new tenant while fending off bill collectors.
    • The Lodgers
      The Lodgers
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Alan tries to talk landlord Rigsby into moving him from the damp, freezing attic, and into the newly vacated room downstairs. Rigsby is having none of it, and instead is persuaded by Miss Jones into letting it to her friend from the university, Philip. Rigsby is not quite so enthusiastic however, when he sees that Philip is black. He is even less enthusiastic when he begins to suspect that the new tenant has designs on Miss Jones. Alan and Rigsby both plot to get rid of Philip, but it is Miss Jones' constant and unwanted attention that cause Philip to pack his cases. Rigsby, unwilling to refund a weeks rent and upon hearing he is the son of a chief, persuades Philip to swap to another room, and so squeezes him in with a less than willing Alan.moreless
    • That's My Boy
      That's My Boy
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Rigsby returns from his holidays to find that Ruth has returned and that an infant is being passed around for care.
    • Fawcett's Python
      Fawcett's Python
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Ruth becomes indignant with Marilyn, the new tenant, who is an exotic dancer with an unusual prop in her act.
    • Hello Young Lovers
      Hello Young Lovers
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Ruth befriends a young couple who have moved in, fleeing from her disapproving father.