A NIGHT OUT
Rehearsals: 12th – 15th November 1974 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Sussex Place, London W6
9:30 – 1:30pm
Walk-Through: 17th November at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
5 – 5:30pm
Recorded: 17th November 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 8:30pm 20th December 1974
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Derek Newark – Spooner
Frank Gatliff – Charles Briggs (Manager)
Extras – Tom Growlin, Penelope Carlisle, Sylvia Stoker, Patrick Lynas, Douglas Quaterman, Norah Blackman, Mark Freeman, Yvonne Sommerling, Stuart Teal, Tom Harrison, Martin le Roy.
Walk-ons – Peter Newton, Mike Thorley, Alan Frith, Fenella Stone, Conrad Vince, Carl Rae, Angela Elliott, Winifred Williams, Lisa Anning, Joanne Aspey.
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 Ian Hughes
Vision Mixer Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor Gordon Quin
Wardrobe Brenda Fox
Make-up Diana Caplin
Prop Buyer Rod Saul
Call Boy John Heaton
Warm-up Felix Bowness
With landlord Rigsby, it’s one long bed-sitter battle in….RISING DAMP
When it comes to satirical ? elegance, landlord Rigsby is hardly likely, under normal circumstances, to win any fashion award – with the possible exception of first prize at a tramps ball. But tonight the circumstances aren’t normal and Rigsby is dressed to kill. At least, he thinks he is.
In reality the only ones he is likely to kill are student lodgers Alan and Philip – they could die laughing!
“Tonight’s a special occasion”, Rigsby explains. It’s Ruth’s birthday and so that she won’t have to spend it alone in her flat, he’s planned a special surprise for her. He’s booked a table at an exclusive country club.
And so, with Alan and Philip making up the numbers, the dashing, debonair, man-about-town Rigsby sets out to give Ruth an evening she’ll remember for a long time. And, with the unwelcome help of an irate professional wrestler and a snooty restaurant manager, he certainly succeeds…
Did you know?
- Two suits of armour and a number of waiter’s outfits were hired for this episode. The contents of Spooner’s wardrobe were supplied by YTV’s costume dept.
- Music was taken from stock for the latter half of the episode.
- A large amount of candles and accessories were sourced for The Grange sets.
- A length of wire was attached to one of the suits of armour so that it could be made to fall as Rigsby and Alan exit The Grange.
- The opening and end credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2754
- Although the third episode to be broadcast, “A NIGHT OUT” was the fourth episode to be recorded.
- Fridays at 8.30pm, opposite Ken Dodd’s World of Laughter
- ‘A Night Out’ – not in Top 20
“There are so many factors that make it a paragon of funnies. Firmly based in a human situation, garlanded with topical pokes and timeless ones, it is fully exploited by a marvellous cast.”
Tom Holt, The Stage and Television Today (23 January 1975)
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
Derek Newark #7
Frank Gatliff #10