“ Genre: Television - Rising Damp / Theatrical Release: 1974 / Parental Guidance / Director: Vernon Lawrence, Ronnie Baxter, Ian MacNaughton, Len Lurcuck / VHS Tape released 2002-08-19 at Cinema Club / Features of the VHS Tape: PAL „
Written by Eric Chappell.
You will laugh out loud.
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?"
Series two ran from 7th Nov 1975 till 12th Dec 1975.
With a Christmas Special as well.
But because of delays and stage commitments Frances de la tour had to be written out.
She left the show at the end of episode 4.
She was replaced by Brenda in episode 5.
Episode 1. - The Permissive Society.
Rigsby, "Erogenous zones, somewhere near the equator"?
Episode 2. - Food glorious Food.
Ruth's got the collecting tin out and Rigsby bets he can go without food for 48hrs.
Episode 3. - A Body like Mine.
The Famous BOXING match between Rigsby and Philip.
Episode 4. - Moonlight and Roses.
Desmond arrives, Desmond leaves with Ruth. And Brenda arrives.
Episode 5. - A Perfect Gentleman.
Rigsby gets ideas above his abilities
Episode 6 - The Last of the Big Spenders.
Rigsby buys new furniture to impress Brenda.
Episode 7 - Things that go Bump in the Night.
A ghost story featuring The Grey lady.
Christmas Special - For the Man who has Everything.
Rigsby basically playing 'Scrooge'.
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!