Oh…Miss Jones!



Rehearsals: 12th – 15th October 1975 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12

1:30pm – 5:30pm

Walk-Through: 16th September 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds

Recorded: 17th September 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds

Broadcast: Friday 7:30pm 12th December 1975


Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby

Richard Beckinsale – Alan

Don Warrington – Philip

Gay Rose – Brenda

Campbell Singer – Flint

Robert Gillespie – Gasman

Ronnie Brody – Charlie


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 Hardman

Cameras – Gerry Lord

Sound – Chris Warner

Vision Mixer – Chris Foley

Tech Supervisor – Gordon Quin

Wardrobe – Brenda Fox

Make-up – Viv Locklin

Prop Buyer – Fred Newell

Scenes – Bill Donnelly

Call Boy – Graeme MacArthur

Warm-up – Felix Bowness

Episode Review

Rigsby’s decided to splash out on some brand new designer furniture. Well, that’s what being a miser…sorry thrift, and years of bread and butter puddin’ will do for you! Neither a lender nor a borrower be, os his motto and seeing as though Alan’s skint, as usual a victim of inflation, there’s going to be no charity from Scrooge. Young Brenda’s overcome by Rigsby’s new furniture additions and he’s even invited her down for a meal, but where’s the money coming from to pay for that? He’s already raided the gas meters!
However, all the furnitures been bought ‘on-the-knock’ and a lapse in payments leaves Rigsby with a visit from Mr Flint and Charlie. Rigsby’s left looking for sympathy, and cash, and Brenda’s off down the pub!

Interesting to note:

  • Production# 2775
  • Fridays at 7.30pm, opposite repeats of The Wonderful World of Disney
  • ‘The Last of the Big Spenders’ – 7.30m (13th=)
  • At one point Rigsby mentions to Brenda that Vienna is “chasing the dog all around the garden”, if the said dog belongs to the landlord, or even the neighbour, then this is the only time it is referred to.

Did you know?

  • A quantity of furnishings were hired to represent the new furniture.
  • A gasman’s uniform was hired for Robert Gillespie
  • Rigsby produces the same purse he used in the previous episode, ‘A Perfect Gentleman’.
  • Thanks to Robert Gillespie’s recent documentation of the his scene with Leonard, playing the Gasman, we now know how the scene with the falling coins was achieved, contrary to my recent understanding that pouches were sewn inside Leonard’s trousers to hold a substantial amount of loose coins. Here’s Robert’s review of the scene, “To get the coins to spill from each pocket, as seen, he asked for a large match box on a pivot in one pocket and for the pocket bottom to be loosely tacked in the other. Also, the compo studio floor rendered the falling coins soundless, so Len pushed for us to end on a bit of plywood. The director shot the scene in close-up at first. Len politely suggested that it was a better build-up to see him jiggling his pants’ pockets. In the end, we did it in a single take.”  Fo more information, please visit his excellent website HERE.
  •  As Rigsby’s pocket bursts and the coins hit the floor, the scene breaks for the adverts, whereupon you can clearly hear Leonard say “Like peeling grapes”, this seems to have been recorded in error as the episode went to commercial break. This is audible on only a select few recordings, it is omitted from the North American releases by Acorn Media.
Dressing rooms:

Leonard Rossiter #12

Richard Beckinsale #11

Don Warrington #8

Robert Gillespie #10

Campbell Singer #5

Ronnie Brody #9

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