A BODY LIKE MINE
Rehearsals: 27th – 29th July 1975 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 31st July 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 1st August 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 7:30pm 21st November 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Ronnie Baxter
Designer – Colin Pigott
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – James Ligatt
Floor Manager – Mike Purcell
Stage Manager – Terry Knowles
Production Asst – Mary Byrne
Lighting – Peter Squires
Cameras – Colin Philpott
Sound – Mike Naylor
Vision Mixer – Jackie O’Gorman
Tech Supervisor – Harry Nicholson
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Viv Locklin
Prop Buyer – Mike Killman
Scenes – Bill Donnelly
Call Boy – Graeme MacArthur
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
There’s a keep fit craze going on in Rigsby’s boardinghouse. They’re all at it – except Rigsby. He considers himself to be quite fit enough. Until, that is, his beloved Rut criticizes his physical state, he lives on suet pudding! That does it! From then on, Rigsby’s physical education starts in earnest.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2772
- Fridays at 7.30pm, opposite US imports The Invisible Man, starring David McCallum
- ‘A Body Like Mine’ – not in Top 20
- A cushion was placed on the floor of the attic flat for when Rigsby drops Vienna to demonstrate the feline’s “perfect reflexes”. A ‘thud’ and a series of distressed mews were ‘fed in’ to complete the illusion of the cat landing on it’s back and making a quick exit.
- Following the recording of this episode, Eric Chappell became seriously ill, requiring a break from the production schedule. Frances de la Tour’s stage commitments clashed with the revised recording block, and she was temporarily written out of the series.
- This circumstance led to the creation of a new regular female character; a chirpy cockney artists model named Brenda – surname never revealed. This would create a certain love interest for Alan, and Rigsby.
- The role was originally given to an actress who started rehearsals but then withdrew shortly after citing incompatibility with Leonard Rossiter. With Chappell and Baxter under pressure to replace her, Baxter recalled a young Canadian girl he had seen on stage in Leeds a year prior. She (Gabrielle Rose) was called and she was given just 5mins to make up her mind. She is quoted as saying “I reckon I took just ten seconds to say yes”, she would later recall.
Did you know?
- Weights, fit-grips, a chest expander and other body building equipment were hired for this episode.
- An old mattress was used as an improvised punching bag.
- Continuity was brought to the episode by Ruth’s reference to The Grange, previously mentioned in ‘A Night Out’.
- The end credits were superimposed over the ‘RISING DAMP’ caption slide.
- Tommy “Get in There!” Lawton, referenced by Rigsby, was an England striker who also played for Everton, Notts County, Burnley, Arsenal and Chelsea. He had an unblemished disciplinary record… just like the legend Gary Lineker!