Rising Damp

Rising Damp was one of those rarest of things, a successful i.e. funny ITV comedy. The show had its origins in a 1971 stage play by Eric Chappell, The Banana Box. Not wishing to leave the job to anyone else, in fact it was Chappell who wrote the adaptation for the small screen. In total there were four full series of Rising Damp - a total of 28 episodes. The pilot show, in effect the first episode of the first series, was shown on 2 September 1974, with the remaining six episodes shown on consecutive Fridays from 13 December 1974.

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Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
Audience Rating: Parental Guidance
Manufacturer: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
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  • Leonard Rossiter
  • Frances de la Tour
  • Richard Beckinsale
  • Don Warrington
  • Denholm Elliott

The show centred around the relationships between various misfits thrown together by necessity. Prime amongst the protagonists was of course, Rupert Rigsby played so memorably by Leonard Rossiter. Then we had Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour); Alan Guy Moore (Richard Beckinsale) and Philip Smith (Don Warrington). Various other parties came and went over the course of the four series, but these four are the most identified with the show. All four characters are in essence losers. None of them offers a positive view on life. To that end, I suppose that viewers loved the show - and having four series on ITV would prove this point. Whatever trials and tribulations may be going on in our own mundane little lives, nothing ever goes right for the show's characters. The fact that many of the episodes descended into high farce of course added to its appeal.

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