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.

Press Clippings

How we made: Rising Damp

Interviews with Don Warrington and Eric Chappell about the making of the classic sitcom.

George Bass, The Guardian, 25th January 2021

BritBox shows Rising Damp with racist language warning

Classic 70s comedy Rising Damp will be shown on the BritBox streaming service with a warning that it contains offensive racist language. The ITV series starred Leonard Rossiter as seedy landlord Rigsby, who displays his prejudiced ignorance through racist barbs aimed at a well-spoken black tenant.

Adam Sherwin, i Newspaper, 25th November 2020

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 70s

The 1970s is rightly lauded as the golden age of British sitcom.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 1st December 2018

The 8 best sitcom romances ever

With Valentine's Day approaching, love is in the air on Gold - so here is our list of comedy relationship favourites.

Chas Early, BT, 9th February 2017

The danger of constantly celebrating the past

Nostalgia. Easy promotability. A blend of old and new. Low risk. Lots of press. And a brand new half hour to be written by Clement and Frenais, writers of the near-perfect Porridge. What's not to like? As a consumer of comedy, I'm fine with all of the above obviously. As a writer of comedy, my feelings are slightly more mixed.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 14th March 2016

ITV3 to air Rising Damp Forever

Rising Damp will take over ITV3 on Easter weekend, including a new 'definitive' two-part documentary series, Rising Damp Forever.

British Comedy Guide, 1st March 2016

Rising Damp, Lyceum Sheffield, review

A theatrical version of the hit Seventies comedy is funny, if a bit peculiar, finds Dominic Cavendish.

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 2nd July 2013

Rising Damp rises again on stage

TV classic Rising Damp is the latest sitcom to be resurrected on stage, following the likes of Yes, Prime Minister and Steptoe & Son. Actor Don Warrington and writer Eric Chappell discuss reviving the show and how to deal with Rigsby's racist views.

Ian Youngs, BBC News, 16th May 2013

Don Warrington: Rigsby's racist - but that's not the real issue

Don Warrington, star of the TV show Rising Damp, chats to Dominic Cavendish about directing the stage version, and about fame and racism in Britain.

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 15th May 2013

Rising Damp to be revived as stage play

Don Warrington - who played the cultured Philip Smith in the sitcom - will direct the new stage adaptation of Rising Damp from the Comedy Theatre Company.

Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy, 8th April 2013