FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
Rehearsals: 5th – 8th March 1978 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 9th March 1978 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 10th March 1978 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Tuesday 8pm 11th April 1978
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
John Clive – Gwyn
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Vernon Lawrence
Designer – Peter Caldwell
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – Liz Evett
Floor Manager – Pat Richards
Stage Manager – Olive Simpson
Production Asst – Ellie Kyle
Lighting – Peter Hardman
Cameras – Colin Philpott
Sound – Ian Hughes
Vision Mixer – Sue James
Tech Supervisor – Harry Nicholson
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Judy Binns
Asst Stage Manager – Vanessa Ford
Props – Arthur Lake
Production Buyer – Gil Procter
Scenes – Ed Bailey
Call Boy – Val Lawson
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
A theological student moves in, and Rigsby sees the light in…..RISING DAMP
Landlord Rigsby has little trouble in letting off vacant attic accommodation to a young(?), Welsh, theological student called Gwyn in ‘Fire and Brimstone’. After all, he does say he wants to live simply!
But then Gwyn learns from Rigsby that he will have to share and that doesn’t suit him at all. Rigsby, however persuades him that the other occupant, African chief son’s Philip, needs someone like Gwyn to set him an example. Philip, needless to say, doesn’t particularly want to be saved, nor is he happy about getting another new flatmate….
Alt review from July, 1982
A young Welsh theological student called Gwyn is landlord Rigsby’s latest tenant in a specially-selected episode of Yorkshire Television’s award-winning situation comedy series, “RISING DAMP”, to be screened on the full ITV Network on Thursday, July 1.
Gwyn is quite happy to move into Rigsby’s tatty boardinghouse until he notices there is a second bed in the room, and learns from the grasping landlord that he will have to share. That doesn’t suit him at all at first, but then Rigsby persuades him that the other occupant, African Chief’s son, Philip, needs someone like Gwyn to set him an example. Gwyn accepts the challenge – but the trouble is Philip, understandably, doesn’t particularly want to be saved…
This repeat broadcast was subject to possible TV scheduling (Pattern ‘A’ at ITV) due to the World Cup ’82
Interesting to note
- Production# 2933
- Tuesdays at 8.00pm, opposite new BBC Scotland drama serial The Standard starring Colette O’Neil and Patrick Malahide.
- Richard Beckinsale did not appear in the final series as he was busy with West End musical comedy “I Love My Wife” and Porridge sequel Going Straight. Frequently noted in some articles that his departure from the series was due to his untimely passing.
- ‘Fire and Brimstone’ – 18.55m (1st)
- Although the second episode of the fourth series to be broadcast, ‘Fire and Brimstone’ was in fact the first to be recorded, having been switched with ‘Hello Young Lovers’.
Did you know?
- Minimal set changes or props were used for this episode, just a bible was supplied.
Leonard Rossiter #12
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
John Clive #5