Oh…Miss Jones!



Rehearsals: 19th – 22nd November 1974 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Sussex Place, London W6

9:30 – 1:30pm

Walk-Through: 24th November at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds

Recorded: 24th November 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds

Broadcast: Friday 8:30pm 3rd January 1975


Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby

Richard Beckinsale – Alan

Frances de la Tour – Ruth

Don Warrington – Philip

Derek Newark – Spooner


Creator/Writer Eric Chappell

Producer Ronnie Baxter – tbc

Director Len Lurcuck

Designer Colin Pigott

Music Dennis Wilson

Casting James Ligatt

Floor Manager Mike Purcell

Stage Manager Terry Knowles

Production Asst Mary Byrne

Lighting Peter Hardman

Cameras Arthur Tipper

Sound Ian Hughes

Vision Mixer John Cooper

Tech Supervisor Gordon Quin

Wardrobe Brenda Fox

Make-up Diana Caplin

Prop Buyer Rod Saul

Call Boy John Heaton

Warm-up Felix Bowness

Episode Review

A churlish, humourless, professional wrestler requires handling with a certain degree of tact at the best of times. But how does one handle such an aggressive sort of gent at the worst of times – and still come out of it unscathed?
That’s the problem Rigsby faces with the granite-muscled Spooner who at the moment is a particularly unco-operative tenant. Spooner has little time for Rigsby under normal circumstances, and the fact that Vienna, his cat, was responsible for Spooner’s present predicament – a broken leg – certainly hasn’t done much to enhance the latter’s regard for his landlord!
So when Spooner’s fellow tenants complain about the bad-tempered wrestler is playing his radio too loud, it’s going to take all the courage Rigsby can muster to persuade him to turn down the volume.
Of course, a war veteran like Rigsby has had lots of experience staring into the face of adversity. It’s when it comes to staring into the face of Spooner that guts are called for over an above the call of duty….

Did you know?

  • Len Lurcuck suggested that the pork pie and apple to be consumed by Richard in the episode, be supplied by the YTV canteen. Beckinsale expressed a preference for supplying his own, making a good humoured comment regarding those from the YTV canteen.
  • Derek Newark wore a lightweight cast, hinged for easy application and removal.
  • A sweatshirt was made for Spooner with the words ‘THE ANIMAL’ emblazoned across the chest. Derek Newark was allowed to keep the top after recording as a memento.
  • A bowl of goldfish was hired for the scene’s in Spooner’s flat. Plus, a World War II German uniform and a .45 revolver which was loaded with a blank cartridge.
  • Stock music from the archive was used for the music being played through Spooner’s radio.
  • A mew was ‘fed in’ during the scene in which Rigsby aims a kick at Vienna.
  • End credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.

Interesting to note:

  • Production# 2755
  • Len Lurcuck, who was a friend and colleague of Ronnie Baxter, stepped into the director’s shoes when Ronnie was taken ill a few days prior to the filming of this episode.
  • Fridays at 8.30pm, opposite Ken Dodd’s World of Laughter
  • ‘All Our Yesterdays’ – 6.1m (11th)

Dressing Rooms:-

Leonard Rossiter #12

Richard Beckinsale #11

Frances de la Tour #6

Don Warrington #8

Derek Newark #7