THAT’S MY BOY
Rehearsals: 20th – 23rd March 1977 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 24th March 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 25th March 1977 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Tuesday 8:30pm 12th April 1977
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Ann Beach – Mrs Brent
David Daker – Mr James Brent
Baby Fountain – David Brent
Daphne Oxenford – Radio Announcer
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Ronnie Baxter
Designer – Colin Pigott
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – James Ligatt
Floor Manager – Don Clayton
Stage Manager – Olive Simpson
Production Asst – Evelyn Hirschstein
Lighting – John Watt
Cameras – Colin Philpott
Sound – Chris Warner
Vision Mixer – Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor – Mike Wilkinson
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Pam Fox
Props – Andy Rae
Production Buyer – Gil Procter
Scenes – Trevor Hodgson
Call Boy – Graham Thornton
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
It’s back to bedsitter land for another outbreak of…..’Rising Damp’
Unscrupulous, grasping landlord Rigsby returns from Spain, where not only the food was greasy but the people were also, to find that Alan has let two of the empty rooms at the boardinghouse.
Rigsby is delighted in one instance since the tenant in question turns out to be his bloved Miss Jones, who has returned to the fold after an unsuccessful romance. But another unexpected arrival is a baby – and Rigsby hates babies, especially when he thinks the mother is Ruth.
Alt. Review (1982)
It’s back to battle in bed-sitter land with a lowdown landlord and his luck less lodgers, in more outbreaks of…RISING DAMP
Television’s most popular boardinghouse landlord returns to ITV screens on February 18 for seven more hilarious episodes of “RISING DAMP”, first screened on ITV in April and May 1977. In the first episode of the award-winning Yorkshire Television situation comedy series, Rigsby returns from holiday to find that Alan, one of his student lodgers, has let two of the empty rooms at the boardinghouse.
Rigsby is delighted in one instance since the tenant in question turns out to be his bloved Miss Jones, who has returned to the fold after an unsuccessful romance. But another unexpected arrival is a baby – and Rigsby hates babies
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2878
- Tuesdays at 8.30pm, opposite the penultimate series of long-running police drama Z Cars. Moving to a midweek slot improved the success of the show and it began to hit it’s stride.
- ‘That’s My Boy’ – 7.85m (5th)
- For the first time in the series the words ‘THIS WEEK’ followed by the episode title were superimposed over the opening scene of the story.
Did you know?
- Production of the third series of “RISING DAMP” was delayed by two factors; Leonard Rossiter’s commitment to his BBC Television sitcom series “THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN”, and returning series regular Frances de la Tour having fallen pregnant with her son Josh. This latter occurrence may have inspired Eric Chappell to write the opening episode.
- A large doll dressed in baby’s clothes from YTV was used for most of the episode. Telecine inserts were used for close ups of the live baby.
- The baby featured was in fact a girl, the daughter of YTV technician Christine Fountain.
- Pre-recorded and ‘fed in’ lines of dialogue by the radio announcer, actress Daphne Oxenford, were used.
- A merchant navy uniform was hired for David Daker to wear as Mr Brent. The TV Times would credit him as David Baker in the program listing.
- A new anatomical skeleton was used, sporting two eyeballs.
- 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
Ann Beach #5
David Daker #9