Rising Damp

ITV (ended 1978)


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  • A classic show.

    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.
  • Another British sitcom classic.

    \'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.
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