Rehearsals: 26th – 29th November 1974 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Sussex Place, London W6
9:30 – 1:30pm
Walk-Through: 1st December 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 1st December 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 8:30pm 10th January 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
George Sewell – Baker
Michael Stainton – Policeman
Extra: Kelwyn Harrison – Non-speaking Policeman
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 – Gerry Lord
Sound – Ian Hughes
Vision Mixer – Kay Harrington
Tech Supervisor – Gordon Quin
Wardrobe – Brenda Fox
Make-up – Diana Caplin
Prop Buyer – Rod Saul
Call Boy – John Heaton
Warm-up – Felix Bowness
With landlord Rigsby, it’s one long bed-sitter battle in….RISING DAMP
It’s the return of Rigsby and the bleakest boardinghouse in bed-sit land, in another outbreak of….
It’s a bleak, foggy night….not fit enough, to turn a cat out. Except Rigsby’s cat, Vienna, that is. He’s not too bothered about a spot of inclement weather because he’s got other things on his mind.
Suddenly, there’s a scream, followed by another. It’s Ruth – she’s seen a prowler in her room. Rigsby, Sir Galahad that he is, rushes eagerly to protect her. But then the police arrive, and by the time the Agatha Christie-type investigations have got under way it’s Rigsby who appears to need protection…from the police! GEORGE SEWELL, star of such television series as “Special Branch”, “UFO”, “Paul Temple” and “The Power Game”, and films like “Get Carter”, “Robbery”, “Sparrows Can’t Sing” appears in the guest role of ‘Detective Constable Baker, Regional Crime Squad’.
Did you know?
- Two mews were ‘fed-in’ during the sequence in which Rigsby attempts to call Vienna into the house.
- The peep-hole through which Richard is seen looking into was illuminated from beneath the set by a light bulb.
- A special compartment was constructed in the floor of the second floor flat set, where Rigsby’s cash box is removed.
- A sound effect to suggest a train was passing close to the house was also fed in.
- Two police uniforms were hired for Michael Stainton and Kelwyn Harrison
- The number of Rigsby’s boarding house is shown to be 917
- Alan is seen reading erotic novel entitled ‘Peephole Pervert’ by David Andre.
- End credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2756
- Rigsby’s account of witnessing an incident between a drunken motorist and a woman cyclist, and the plot device of the peep-hole in the floor of the attic flat, both have their origins in the stage play ‘The Banana Box’.
- Fridays at 8.30pm, opposite the sitcom Second Time Around starring Michael Craig
- ‘The Prowler’ – 7.10m (15th=)
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
George Sewell #9
Michael Stainton #7
Kelwyn Harrison #5