Rising Damp. Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Rising Damp

ITV sitcom about a bad landlord. 28 episodes (pilot + 4 series), 1974 - 1978. Stars Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale, Don Warrington and Gay Rose.

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1974 - 1978
Channel
ITV
Episodes
28   (1 pilot + 4 series)
Starring
Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale, Don Warrington and Gay Rose
Writer
Eric Chappell
Directors
Ronnie Baxter and Vernon Lawrence
Producers
Ronnie Baxter and Vernon Lawrence

An unnamed northern university town is home to Rupert Rigsby, landlord of arguably the seediest, most run-down boarding house that England has to offer. His unlucky tenants include Ruth Jones, an administrator at the university; Alan, a medical student; and Philip, who is studying town and country planning.

Between them, Alan and Philip are the focus and foil of the majority of Rigsby's many prejudices, usually at the expense of his dignity and standing in the eyes of Miss Jones, with whom he is hopelessly and pathetically in love.

Production Details

Part of

Yorkshire Comedy Pilots

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 2nd September 1974 on ITV at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 9th May 1978 on ITV at 8pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 7th October 2019 at 9:55am on ITV3

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