MOONLIGHT AND ROSES
Rehearsals: 11th – 14th September 1975 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 18th September 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 19th September 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 7:30pm 28th November 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Robin Parkinson – Desmond
Gay Rose – Brenda
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 Squires
Cameras – Gerry Lord
Sound – Dave Whiteley
Vision Mixer – Chris Foles
Tech Supervisor – Gordon Quinn
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Viv Locklin
Prop Buyer – Fred Newell
Scenes – Bill Donnelly
Call Boy – Graeme MacArthur
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
There’s competition for landlord Rigsby in….RISING DAMP
Rigsby’s perplexed tenant, Ruth, has found new love, and it certainly seems like the real thing. Rigsby, always searching for the slightest hint of encouragement from the light of his life, believes it has finally happened, and that she’s finally fallen forhim, besides, you can’t resist that sort of charm for long. Alas, poor Rigsby is in for a rude awakening – for the new man in Ruth’s life is not him, but Desmond from the local library….
“What….D-e-s-m-O-n-d?!?” Rigsby has one weapon against Desmond in the fight for Ruth’s heart – cunning! All’s fair in love and war they say – but trust Rigsby to abuse the privilege.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2773
- ‘Moonlight and Roses’ – not in Top 20 viewing figures
- Fridays at 7.30pm, opposite US imports The Invisible Man, starring David McCallum
Did you know?
- In an interview given to the TV Times in 1975, Ruth’s character was referred to as Jill.
- The rehearsal script featured several sequences which were almost entirely different than the broadcast script; a greater emphasis was given to astrology, with an alternative ending – see below for images from the script.
- During the break in production, the lower jaw of the anatomical skeleton on the attic flat set had become detached whilst in storage and subsequently lost. It would remain without it for the rest of the series.
- Tinted lighting was used throughout the episode to simulate moonlight.
- The chimes of a large clock were ‘fed in’ during the opening scene.
- Did Rigsby move? Perhaps caused by his political intervention in Stand Up and Be Counted, or maybe just a renumbering scheme by the Royal Mail – his boardinghouse is shown to be number 34.
- A large quantity of flowers were obtained to dress Miss Jones’ flat.
- The end credits were super imposed over the closing scene of this story, and partly over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
Gay Rose #6 (previously occupied by Frances de la Tour)
Robin Parkinson #9