A PERFECT GENTLEMAN
A PERFECT GENTLEMAN
Rehearsals: 5th – 8th October 1975 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 9th October 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 10th October 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 7:30pm 5th December 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Don Warrington – Philip
Henry McGee – Seymour
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Ronnie Baxter
Designer – Colin Pigott
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – James Ligatt
Floor Manager – Mike Purcell
Stage Manager – Olive Simpson
Production Asst – Celia Sherman Fisher
Lighting – Peter Hardman
Cameras – Mike Boyle
Sound – Chris Warner
Vision Mixer – Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor – Gordon Quin
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Viv Locklin
Prop Buyer – Fred Newell
Scenes – Eric de Quintano
Call Boy – Tim Dowd
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
From a Re-run in 1981
It’s back to battle in bed-sitter land with a lowdown landlord and his luckless lodgers, in…RISING DAMP
Henry McGee plays Seymour, a new tenant in Rigsby’s humble abode. The class-conscious Rigsby is impressed by Seymour’s smooth, sophisticated, impeccably-mannered character and looks forwards to a fruitful association with him. Through his encounter with the seamy Seymour, however, Rigsby is one aspiring member of he gentry who could be well and truly landed.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2774
- Gay Rose does not appear in this episode, no reason is given to her absence, probably at a modelling class or down the Blue Ram Public House!
- Fridays at 7.30pm, opposite repeats of The Wonderful World of Disney
- ‘A Perfect Gentleman’ – 7.05 million (15th)
Did you know?
- Eric had worked with Henry McGee on a play in the late 60s. He found Henry very charming and pleasant and offered to write a part just for him. He sent Henry the script and, in return, Henry sent him a cheque for 100 pounds! Eric was blown away by this gesture and offered to send it back to Henry but it was refused, all Henry wanted was an airing of the show. The show Eric had written his part in was ‘The Spanish Dancers’ in 1971 for HTV in Wales. To repay Henry, Eric went to Henry to play the role of Seymour.
- Henry and Leonard were friends, both politically involved and unionised.
- Seymour is seen with a copy of ‘Readers Digest’ in the second half of the episode.
- YTV staff canteen provided all the food seen in the end scene in Rigsby’s flat, even the curled sandwiches.
- Golf clubs were provided for Leonard to use.
- A ‘pop’ noise was fed in to simulate the gas kicking in on the cooker.
- The end credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Don Warrington #8
Henry McGee #10