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.

Series 1, Episode 5 is repeated on ITV3 today at 11:35am.

Rising Damp. Image shows from L to R: Alan Moore (Richard Beckinsale), 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

1974 - 1978
28   (1 pilot + 4 series)
Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale, Don Warrington and Gay Rose
Eric Chappell
Ronnie Baxter and Vernon Lawrence
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

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Yorkshire Comedy Pilots

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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
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 1 Episode 5: Today at 11:35am on ITV3
  2. Series 1 Episode 6: Tomorrow at 11:35am on ITV3
  3. Series 2 Episode 1: Thursday at 11:30am on ITV3
  4. Series 2 Episode 2: Friday at 11:35am on ITV3
  5. Series 1 Episode 4: Saturday at 6:45am on ITV3
  6. Series 1 Episode 5: Saturday at 7:15am on ITV3
  7. Series 1 Episode 6: Sunday at 6am on ITV3
  8. Series 2 Episode 1: Sunday at 6:25am on ITV3
  9. Series 2 Episode 3: Monday at 11:30am on ITV3
  10. Series 2 Episode 4: Tuesday 26th February at 11:30am on ITV3Show all repeats
  11. Series 2 Episode 5: Wednesday 27th February at 11:30am on ITV3
  12. Series 2 Episode 6: Thursday 28th February at 11:30am on ITV3
  13. Series 2 Episode 7: Friday 1st March at 11:35am on ITV3

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