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

Rising Damp

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1974 - 1978
  • 28 episodes (4 series)

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. 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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1974 - 1978
Channels
ITV
Episodes
28 (1 pilot + 4 series)
Stars
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
Companies

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.

Additional details

Part of

Yorkshire Comedy Pilots

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 2nd September 1974 at 8pm on ITV
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • The Leeds Studios

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