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Rising Damp: Series 1 (DVD)

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Genre: Television - Rising Damp / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Vernon Lawrence, Ronnie Baxter, Ian MacNaughton, Len Lurcuck / DVD released 2006-01-10 at Acorn Media / Features of the DVD: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC

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      02.05.2009 01:33
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      Rising Damp.

      Rising Damp was a huge success for Eric Chappell was first shown in 1974 and made overnight stars of the cast.
      RIGSBY - Leonard Rossiter.
      ALAN - Richard Beckinsale.
      PHILIP - Don Warrington.
      Miss JONES - Frances de la Tour.

      Rather sadly Richard Beckinsale died aged I believe 29 of a heart attack. 'We was robbed' as the saying goes. He would have gone on to even greater things I am sure.

      This single DVD contains all 6 episodes from the first series.

      Pilot episode - The New Tenant.

      Series one.
      1. Black Magic.
      2. A Night Out.
      3. Charisma.
      4. All Our Yesterdays.
      5. The Prowler.
      6. Stand Up And Be Counted.

      Who can forget the barmy Rigsby, the Dopey Miss Jones, the insecure Alan and the confident, if not always truthful, Philip. Here we follow the first series where their characters are formed and the premise for the series is layed down.

      It really is one of those iconic comedies that will stand the test of time. Partly for the writing but in my opinion in main to the comic genius of Leonard Rossiter.
      His face always said it all.

      This DVD is very funny and worth the money, sure the shows are endlessly repeated but its always nice to have your own piece of comedic nostalgia in your collection.

      Very funny even in todays pc world.


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        07.11.2008 17:08
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        worth the money but cheaper to record it off of TV.

        Rising Damp.
        Some points of interest before we start. First broadcast in 1974 Rising Damp was an instant success. Not just because of the wonderful casting or the writing but because of the chemistry between all the cast members.

        Cast and Crew
        ~Eric Chappell~
        originally working for the gas board, Eric quit his job and took to writing.
        His first play was 'The Banana Box'. This was a moderate success and coincidentally starred Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour and Don Warrington.
        Points of interest, in the banana box the landlord was actually called Rooksby.
        Philip was already a tenant with his own flat.
        Eric went on write Rising Damp but after a complaint from an actual landlord called Rooksby he changed the name to Rigsby.

        RIGSBY - Leonard Rossiter.
        Miserly landlord who was married during the war and once said," It was a blunder on the scale of Anzio"

        Miss JONES - Frances de la Tour.
        Frustrated spinster who is a sufferer of headaches resulting in her having to wear 'blue glasses'.

        PHILIP - Don Warrington.
        'Son of a Chief' allegedly.
        Married with 10 wives, allegedly.
        The 2 marks on his cheek where part of an initiation ceremony on his 14th birthday. 1 for becoming a man and the other for his first sexual experience, or so he claimed.

        ALAN - Richard Beckinsale.
        Scruffy, desperate, long haired student.
        Because he is always eating, Rigsby believes he has a tape worm.
        Alan sadly died of a heart attack in 1979. Aged only 28.

        Some classic "Dampism's".
        Alan points to skeleton hanging in the corner,
        "Don't you recognise him? He had this room before me"
        "He was the one who kept saying how cold it was up here".

        "There's nothing between this house and the Urals"
        "You're so lazy you even shave lying down".

        "Miss Jones has just had an intruder and she's very upset about it"
        "Why, did he get away?"

        Rising Damp Episodes.
        The Pilot episode was aired on the 2nd Sept 1974.

        Pilot episode - The New Tenant.
        Philip arrives and moves in, eventually, with Alan.
        This was a huge hit and Rising Damp was commissioned instantly.
        Series one ran from 13th Dec 1974 till 17th Jan 1975.

        Series one.
        Episode 1. - Black Magic.
        Philip bangs on floor with his spear and Ruth magically appears at the door.

        Episode 2. - A Night Out.
        It's Ruth's birthday, so they all go to the 'Grange' for a meal.

        Episode 3. - Charisma.
        Rigsby burns some 'Love Wood' outside Miss Jones's door.

        Episode 4. - All Our Yesterdays.
        Spooner won't turn his radio down so Rigsby shoots him.

        Episode 5. - The Prowler.
        Somebody is sneaking around the house and then a detective magically appears.

        Episode 6. - Stand Up And Be Counted.
        With Rigsby conservative and Philip/Alan labour, which way will Ruth vote?

        Was Rigsby a racist, well the comments could be nothing else but he was actually jealous of Alan and Philip, believing them to be living great lives, free and unhampered.
        Remember Philip always had the last laugh and showed Rigsby up.
        It held a light up to society showing how despicably awful racism was/still is.

        Why is it still endlessly repeated when other comedies such as 'Love thy neighbour' have gone to oblivion?
        My theory is that it must be in the writing?
        And that the comedy didn't hinge on the racial aspects, there where lots of interplay between all of the other characters.
        The series will last the test of time both as a great comedy and a warning of how things should not be.

        When comedy was actually funny!



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