Rising Damp Page 13

Rising Damp. Image shows from L to R: Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour), Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter), Philip Smith (Don Warrington). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Rising Damp

Rupert Rigsby is the grubby landlord of a seedy boarding house. His put-upon tenants include students Philip and Alan, and the glamorous Miss Jones

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Facet

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 3:29pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 posts

One of my favourites of all time.

I agree. It's sad to think that it wouldn't be allowed now if it was written now, there would be a massive uproar.

I don't think my generation would understand that the show isn't racist but it's trying to show how ignorant and bigoted Rigsby is and that's where the humour lies.

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 5:47pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 5,818 posts

Yeah! It's like people used to call Till Death Us Do Part racist. The whole point is it's not only non-racist but actively anti-racist: you laugh cos he's a dick. I'm amazed how many people missed that cos if you do miss it, none of the comedy makes sense - it's just boring and offensive.

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Definitely Tarby

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 6:27pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 2,223 posts

Samantha is the spitting image of her dad and with that haircut in Rising Damp Richard Beckinsale would have looked alright with eye shadow and some lippy. Not sure what Rigsby would have made of it though.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 11:04pm
  • England
  • 18,802 posts
Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 23rd August 2017, 5:47 PM

Yeah! It's like people used to call Till Death Us Do Part racist. The whole point is it's not only non-racist but actively anti-racist: you laugh cos he's a dick. I'm amazed how many people missed that cos if you do miss it, none of the comedy makes sense - it's just boring and offensive.

Sleepy

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Wheel

  • Friday 29th December 2017, 11:53pm
  • Wakefield, England
  • 447 posts

Seeing the amount of praise, this show has got, I'm quite looking forward to watch the show for the first time ever on DVD. I haven't seen Reginald Perrin, so I don't know what to expect from Rossiter.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 30th December 2017, 12:07am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,829 posts

You're in for SUCH a treat, Wheel!

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Saturday 30th December 2017, 10:34am [Edited]
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 5,818 posts

Reginald Perrin was great for the first series but it went on too long. How many times can one person fall and rise? With Grot it lost that contact with reality that made the character so appealing.
Leonard Rossiter is always 100%. Even shades of Rik Mayall in there.

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Wheel

  • Saturday 30th December 2017, 12:23pm
  • Wakefield, England
  • 447 posts

I watched the first 2 series of it and I don't like it. I can't really get into it. I feel like it drags on for too long. He plays the character well, but I really don't like it.

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Chappers

  • Sunday 31st December 2017, 12:20am
  • Surreyish., England
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Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 30th December 2017, 10:34 AM

Reginald Perrin was great for the first series but it went on too long. How many times can one person fall and rise? .

It depends on how many photos of Mel C one person has!

I never really got into Rising Damp although I loved TRAFORP.

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beaky

  • Sunday 31st December 2017, 11:21am
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,761 posts

I adore Rising Damp, but you have to suspend disbelief at the way they walk in and out of one another's rooms without knocking!

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Shandonbelle

  • Sunday 31st December 2017, 3:59pm
  • England
  • 6,571 posts

Love Rising Damp, I could just watch Leonard Rossiter's facial expressions forever.

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PW 69

  • Monday 1st January 2018, 1:03am
  • Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 11 posts

Rising Damp is absolutely brilliant and as the series went on, the studio audience had to be increased in the Yorkshire TV studio, because it was that popular for people wanting audience tickets.
Do most people actually realise that the show was supposed to be set in a students boarding house based in the Headingley / Burley area of Leeds ?

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ega95jch

  • Monday 22nd January 2018, 6:51pm
  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1 posts

This has always been one of my top three sitcoms (the others being Fawlty Towers and Father Ted). Just watched a couple of episodes this evening on ITV3 and the sheer class and quality never ceases to amaze.

One thing I've always wondered about, and hopefully someone has the answer. You can see the actors on many occasions on the point of losing it and bursting into laughter, but not actually doing so. Is this the hallmark of extremely disciplined comedy actors, or did multiple takes of some scenes have to take place?

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lofthouse

  • Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:22pm
  • Nowhere, England
  • 10,109 posts

Corpsing? In Rising Damp?

Leonard wouldn't have stood for it!

I hear he was very strict about everything being done professionally etc

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 4:42am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,505 posts
Quote: ega95jch @ 22nd January 2018, 6:51 PM

This has always been one of my top three sitcoms (the others being Fawlty Towers and Father Ted). Just watched a couple of episodes this evening on ITV3 and the sheer class and quality never ceases to amaze.

One thing I've always wondered about, and hopefully someone has the answer. You can see the actors on many occasions on the point of losing it and bursting into laughter, but not actually doing so. Is this the hallmark of extremely disciplined comedy actors, or did multiple takes of some scenes have to take place?

I often thought Miss Jones was on the verge of cracking up in front of Rigsby. Must have been hard not to when he was in one of his trademark verbal flurries.