THE PERMISSIVE SOCIETY
Rehearsals: 20th – 22nd July 1975 at The Sulgrave Boys Club, 287 Goldhawk Road, London, W12
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Walk-Through: 24th July 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 25th July 1975 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 7:30pm 7th November 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
George A. Cooper – Mr Cooper
Creator/Writer – Eric Chappell
Producer/Director – Ronnie Baxter
Designer – Colin Pigott
Music – Dennis Wilson
Casting – James Ligatt
Floor Manager – Mike Purcell
Stage Manager – Terry Knowles
Production Asst – Mary Byrne
Lighting – Peter Squires
Cameras – Stuart Hinchliffe
Sound – Dave Whiteley
Vision Mixer – Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor – Gordon Quinn
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Viv Locklin
Prop Buyer – Mike Killman
Scenes – Eric de Quintano
Call Boy – Tim Dowd
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
ITV’s notorious landlord and his luckless lodgers return in outbreaks of…Rising Damp
Student lodger Alan is all excited at the prospects offered by a blind date, on which fellow student lodger, Philip, is taking him. No wonder, for the girls in question happen to have a self-contained flat. But landlord Rigsby, brimming with old fashioned righteousness and, perhaps, with more than a suggestion of envy in his voice, is highly critical of Alan’s Cassanova like approach to the date. “Just you remember”, he warns him. “The permissive society stops at that front door – and we don’t want any of it in here.”
Alan’s amorous adventure, as it happens, doesn’t work out as smoothly as it might have done – especially when he is later confronted by a highly irate father… However, when Rigsby later discovers Ruth tearful ad depressed, having heard of Philip’s 10 wives back home, he begins to think there might be something in this permissive society business after all….
Alternate review kicking off Series 2, Friday’s from November 7, 1975. Saturdays, from November 8, 1975.:
“Say it with flowers…” (Even if they are pinched from the local park). That’s the way to win a woman’s heart according to landlord Rigsby when he goes a wooing of Ruth, the genteel, fluttering tenant of one of his rooms in his run-down lodging house. And does it work?
The answer lies in a new series of “RISING DAMP”, Yorkshire Television’s highly acclaimed situation comedy about a disreputable landlord of a seedy lodging house and his hapless lodgers which will be networked for the next eight Friday nights from November 7.
“RISING DAMP” is written by ERIC CHAPPELL, a former Electricity Board auditor from Grantham who is now writing professionally, and who has won this year’s Pie Colour Television Award for the Most Promising New Television Writer.
Alternate review from April 1981
Widely regarded as one of ITV’s best-ever situation comedies, the award-winning “RISING DAMP” returns to the nation’s screens with a series of six specially-selected episodes from the earlier series, originally screened in 1974 and 1975….
Intersting to note:
- Production# 2771
- Did Rigsby move since the end of the first series? There’s certainly been a change in the rooms…
- Series 2 commenced during the summer of 1975, an unforeseen circumstance later in the series ‘Moonlight & Roses’ would change the path of the series near the end of its run.
- Though the first episode to be broadcast, “THE PERMISSIVE SOCIETY” was in fact the 2nd episode to be recorded, after “FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD”.
- ‘The Permissive Society’ – not in Top 20 viewing figures
- Fridays at 7.30pm, opposite US imports The Invisible Man, starring David McCallum
Did you know?
- Rehearsals took place at the Sulgrave Boys Club at 287 Goldhawk Road. This location was also where the band ‘The Who’ would originally form. Roger Daltrey, a member of the Sulgrave Boys Club in the 1950s, initially started a skiffle group known as The Sulgrave Rebels. They then became The High Numbers, then The Detours. The club was later named the Sulgrave Youth Club and still going strong.
- A mew was ‘fed in’ during the scene in which Rigsby aims a kick at Vienna.
- Ruth can be seen clutching her paperback novel of, Barbara Cartland’s “A HEART FORSAKEN”
- End credits were superimposed over the closing scene of this story.
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
George A Cooper #7