As you can see from my username I am a huge fan of Rising Damp.
The series, made by Yorkshire TV ran from 1974 to 1978 and starred the legendary Leonard Rossiter as skinflint and seedy landlord Rupert Rigsby, Miss Jones played by Frances de la Tour, was the object of his mainly unwelcome affections.
With an excellent supporting cast in the form of Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington, this was one of ITVs best sitcoms of the 70s.
Post by Charles Bronson on Mar 17, 2015 20:32:09 GMT
I was watching an episode yesterday. I agree with you about it being one of the all time great series. I bought a cracking pictorial biography of Leonard last week in a charity shop for only two pounds, in fanastic condition. It has pictures and stuff from throughout Leonard's career on every page. I was a bit gutted when the wife accidently knocked it of the bed and creased the cover. They reckon it was the intensity of Len's acting, and the work he put into his performances that might have contributed to his heart attack.
Leonard Rossiter brought great quality to loads of characters he played on TV along with Rigsby. He put in a great performance as a convict in Steptoe and Son episode, The Desperate Hours. Rising Damp the film... Never seen it but I will definitely be on the lookout for it on the cheap down at Peckham market
Been watching a few on ITV3 too. I love the TV series but like a few others have mentioned not too keen on the film spin-off either. Leonard Rossiter is 'Rigsby' and is more natural in that role than he was as Reggie Perrin and he was very good in that too. Such a tragedy when Richard Beckinsale died at such a young age too.
I thought it was - ok. The only thing about it that sticks in my mind was the episode where Phillip burned part of the wardrobe & convinced Rigsby that it was some sort of African fertility aid, or similar.