Rehearsals: 5th – 8th November 1974 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Sussex Place, London W6
9:30 – 1:30pm
Walk-Through: 10th November at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 10th November 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 8:30pm 27th December 1974
Rupert Rigsby – Leonard Rossiter
Alan Guy Moore – Richard Beckinsale
Ruth Jones – Frances de la Tour
Philip Smith – Don Warrington
Maureen – Liz Edmiston
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 Gerry Lord
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
Rigsby, the self-styled aristocrat of the flat-letting fraternity who runs the tattiest run-down rooming house in bed-sit land is back in….
For all his faults – and he has plenty – Rigsby cannot be said to give up easily. He just can’t seem to get it through his thick skull that his amorous feelings towards Ruth are not reciprocated. But love is blind as they say, and once more Rigsby’s off a wooing his female tenant.
Student lodgers Alan and Philip are happy to give him advice and a little practical help. Says Alan: “What you need is a little charisma….personal charm….appeal”, and gives him some tablets to calm his nerves. Declares Philip: “In my country, if a man was in your position, he’d get the wood of the ‘Love Tree’ He would burn it outside the girls hut and when she smells the smoke she would appear at the door”.
But Rigsby soon finds out that the wrong tables can turn the tables, and the wrong incense is likely to make one incensed….
Did you know?
- “Charisma” was the first episode to feature the regular opening title sequence. This included a close up of the words “RISING DAMP”, these were superimposed over the varnished wooden door. As the first few bars of Dennis Wilson’s began, the camera pulled away to reveal a full door set into brick walls, complete with doorstep and flaking paint. The credits were superimposed over the bottom of the door.
- An excerpt from The Very Best of Matt Monro LP, 1974, was heard on two occasions. First played at 16rpm and then at the correct 33rpm.
- A racing bike was hired for this episode, owned by Maureen.
- A bag of Sweets doubled for tranquilizers swallowed by Leonard.
- The end credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Interesting to note:
Although this episode was the fourth to be broadcast, “CHARISMA” was in fact the third episode to be recorded, having been switched with “A NIGHT OUT”.
Fridays at 8.30pm, opposite the1961 feature film, El Cid.
‘Charisma’ – was not in Top 20 viewing figures
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
Liz Edmiston #10