This Week FAWCETT’S PYTHON
Rehearsals: 24th – 27th April 1977 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 28th April 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 29th April 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Tuesday 8:30pm 10th May 1977
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Andonia Katsaros – Marilyn
Jonathan Elsom – Douglas
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 – Gerry Lord
Sound – Chris Warner
Vision Mixer – Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor – Mike Wilkinson
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Pearl Rashbash
Asst Stage Manager – Vanessa Ford
Props – Tony O’Toole
Production Buyer – Gil Procter
Scenes – Bill Donnelly
Call Boy – Martin Dean
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
There are mysteries about Marilyn, in another outbreak of….RISING DAMP
Marilyn, the latest tenant, has impressed some, if not all, of the other occupants. It isn’t surprising that Rigsby and student lodger Alan are showing keen interest – she is a very attractive girl. Risgby’s other female tenant, however, is far less enamoured. In fact, Miss Jones complains about her to Rigsby. She is convinced Marilyn is a ‘fallen woman’. Her nocturnal working hours soon arouse suspicion – and a great deal of interest from Rigsby!
When Rigsby confronts Marilyn, however, he discovers that there is a snake in the grass, so to speak, and the question arises, which biter is going to get bit.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2882
- Tuesdays at 8.30pm, opposite the penultimate series of long-running police drama Z Cars.
- ‘Fawcett’s Python’ – 8.40m (3rd)
- The inspiration for Philip’s fictitious account of the Fawcett’s Python was th renowned real-life explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, who disappeared in the Amazon jungles in 1925 whilst searching for a legendary lost city of gold. He was reported to have show a sixty-two-foot-long giant anaconda.
- Although unnamed in the televised episode, in the rehearsal script Rigsby refers to his next door neighbour as Mr Robinson.
Did you know?
- Normally a live trained python would have been used on the show. But a snake once gave producer Ronnie Baxter such a shock that this time he insisted on hiring two stuffed snakes. From a past experience, noted in The Sun newspaper from May 1977, Ronnie notes, “It happened when we had to use a python in one of my shows. During a break I leaned against what I thought was a drainpipe…until it suddenly moved. Now I just can’t face a live snake around me any more.”
- Two stuffed snakes were obtained for this episode, since Producer/Director Ronnie Baxter was averse to using a live reptile owing to an unpleasant past experience (see series 3 special??).
- The snake belonging to Philip was a simple, static prop. Marilyn’s snake Charlie had thin wires attached to it’s head which gave it limited movement.
- The close up of Charlie in his basked was pre recorded on a telecine insert.
- A curtain rail was fitted across the entrance to Rigsby’s bedroom for him to throw Philip’s snake behind. A partitioning curtain rail was also fitted on the set of Miss Jones’s flat, over which Leonard was meant to throw Charlie during the final scene.
- The recorder music for Frances de la Tour was ‘fed in’, along with Charlie’s hissing during the same scene.
- Clerical attire was provided for guest artist Jonathan Elsom.
- 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
Andonia Katsaros #9
Jonathan Elsom #7