This Week CLUNK CLICK
Rehearsals: 10th – 13th April 1977 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 14th April 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 15th April 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Tuesday 8:30pm 26th April 1977
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Derek Francis – Mr French
James Bree – Peppery Man (Unseen)
Judy Buxton – Caroline Armitage
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Ronnie Baxter
Designer – Colin Pigott
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – Malcolm Drury
Floor Manager – Don Clayton
Stage Manager – Olive Simpson
Production Asst – Evelyn Hirschstein
Lighting – Peter Hardman
Cameras – Arthur Tipper
Sound – Ian Hughes
Vision Mixer – Sue James
Tech Supervisor – Mike Wilkinson
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Pam Fox
Props – Andy Rae
Production Buyer – Gil Procter
Scenes – Dougie Howell
Call Boy – Graham Thornton
Assistant Stage Manager – Vanessa Ford
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
A spin in the car with Rigsby sends Miss Jones reeling, in…RISING DAMP
When it comes to driving skill, landlord Rigsby could be regarded as an ideal model for the “Keep death off the road” campaign. He invariably ends up on the pavement!
When he roars up to the boardinghouse in a gleaming white, supercharged of course, sport’s car, there’s a fair chance that the local road safety committee’s accidents statistics will soar. His new status symbol could well be a lethal wepon in his hands – but an unsuspecting Miss Jones is very impressed, just as he’d hoped. In fact, she’s putty in his hands when he suggests a drive out to a dance at the local country club. But when they return, putty isn’t the only thing that’s turned to jelly…..
Alt Review April 1976
It’s back to battle in bed-sitter land with a lowdown landlord and his luckless lodgers in another outbreak of…RISING DAMP
All dressed up – and somewhere to go…Miss Jones swallows the bait when Rigsby, proud new owner of a gleaming white sports car, invites her for a run out to the local country club. Miss Jones puts on her ‘glad rags’ and Rigsby too is dressed to kill. Dressed to kill? Well, judging by his maniacal standard o driving, that description certainly isn’t far off the mark!
Alt Review November 1984, broadcast as a tribute to the untimely death of LEONARD ROSSITER.
When landlord Rigsby roars up to the boardinghouse in a gleaming white supercharged sport’s car, there’s a fair chance that the local road safety committee’s accidents statistics could soar. Rigsby’s new status symbol could well be a lethal wepon in his hands – but an unsuspecting Miss Jones is very impressed. Just as Rigsby hoped she would be. In fact, she’s putty in his hands when he suggests a drive out to a dance at the local country club. But when they return, putty isn’t in it. Her legs have turned to jelly…..
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2880
- Tuesdays at 8.30pm, opposite the penultimate series of long-running police drama Z Cars
- ‘Clunk Click’ – 8.45m (5th)
- James Bree was hired to portray an angry motorist who follows Rigsby back to the boardinghouse to complain about his dangerous driving. The scene at the start of the show was edited out due to the show being overlength.
- Leonard Rossiter noted this as his favourite episode, as did Judy Buxton.
Did you know?
- A white Triumph Spitfire MkIV sports car, reg XCX 885J, was hired for this episode. The majority of motor noises and screeching of breaks were pre-recorded and ‘fed in’. The car was driven in at the start of the episode, and when returning from the night out, by Leonard.
- Richard slips as he and Don rush out of the garage. It was left in. Eric Chappell remembers the incident very well. He thought it would be taken out and even Richard Beckinsale was surprised. He approached Eric afterwards and said “The director’s not going to leave that in is he?” and Eric said, “I think so – I don’t believe it’. With Richard’s foppish charm, it just adds to the scene.
- A backdrop was used to suggest the view from the garage.
- Smoke and exhaust fumes was created by dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide)
- The right eyeball is missing from the skeleton.
- Black greasepaint was used around Leonard’s eye to represent the exhaust pipe’s dirt.
- The end credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
Derek Francis #9
James Bree #7
Judy Buxton #10