List of Rising Damp episodes

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This list includes synopses and broadcast information for the 28 episodes of Rising Damp. Rising Damp is a British sitcom written by Eric Chappell. It stars Leonard Rossiter as a landlord named Rigsby, Richard Beckinsale as Alan, Frances de la Tour as Miss Jones, and Don Warrington as Philip. Alan, Miss Jones, and Philip reside as tenants in Rigsby's house.

The original run of Rising Damp was transmitted on ITV in four series from 1974 to 1978. Rising Damp (1980), a feature film based on the programme, premiered on 5 March 1980. It was written by Eric Chappell, and directed by Joseph McGrath.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 7 2 September 1974 (1974-09-02) 27 December 1974 (1974-12-27) 10 January 2006 (2006-01-10) 7 May 2001 (2001-05-07) 7 September 2007 (2007-09-07)
2 8 7 November 1975 (1975-11-07) 26 December 1975 (1975-12-26) 6 June 2006 (2006-06-06) 14 June 2004 (2004-06-14)1 7 September 2007 (2007-09-07)
3 7 12 April 1977 (1977-04-12) 24 May 1977 (1977-05-24) 16 January 2007 (2007-01-16) 14 June 2004 (2004-06-14) 24 April 2008 (2008-04-24)
4 6 4 April 1978 (1978-04-04) 9 May 1978 (1978-05-09) 17 July 2007 (2007-07-17) 14 June 2004 (2004-06-14) 24 April 2008 (2008-04-24)
1.^ The box set published by Cinema Club on 14 June 2004 (titled Rising Damp: The Works, Series 1–4), omits series two's Christmas episode, "For the Man Who Has Everything". Cinema Club previously published this episode in their 2002 compilation, The Very Best of Rising Damp. The first set to include series two in its entirety was Rising Damp: The Complete TV Series Plus the Movie, published on 21 November 2005 by ITV DVD.

Series 1 (1974)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Code
1 "The New Tenant" 2 September 1974 (1974-09-02) 101

Rigsby has an empty room to let, and Miss Jones has an acquaintance who might be interested.

This episode is alternately titled "Rooksby", after the character in the stage play The Banana Box, from which Rising Damp was adapted. The character was renamed to Rigsby because a real-life landlord named Rooksby complained.[1]
2 "Black Magic" 22 November 1974 (1974-11-22) 102
Rigsby is sceptical but intrigued by a ritual Philip shows him.
3 "A Night Out" 29 November 1974 (1974-11-29) 103
The household goes out to a fancy restaurant for Miss Jones' birthday.
4 "Charisma" 6 December 1974 (1974-12-06) 104
Alan sports an earring to attract the opposite sex. This offends Rigsby, who is nonetheless willing to try other methods, such as a Matt Monro LP and Philip's "love-wood", to appeal to Miss Jones.
5 "All Our Yesterdays" 13 December 1974 (1974-12-13) 105
Spooner (another tenant) annoys the household with his radio. Who will pluck up the courage to confront him about it?
6 "The Prowler" 20 December 1974 (1974-12-20) 106
Miss Jones sees a prowler through her window, and Rigsby suspects everyone else. Fortunately a detective appears and begins to investigate.
7 "Stand Up and Be Counted" 27 December 1974 (1974-12-27) 107
An election polarises the household: Rigsby supports the Conservatives, Alan and Philip lean towards Labour, and Miss Jones is impressed with the Liberal candidate.

Series 2 (1975)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Code
8 "The Permissive Society" 7 November 1975 (1975-11-07) 201
Alan and Rigsby have romance troubles.
9 "Food Glorious Food" 14 November 1975 (1975-11-14) 202
Philip wagers Rigsby to fast for 48 hours.
10 "A Body Like Mine" 21 November 1975 (1975-11-21) 203
A fitness craze sweeps the household and causes Rigsby to start improving his fitness.
11 "Moonlight and Roses" 28 November 1975 (1975-11-28) 204
Rigsby tries to stop the love of his life, Ms. Jones, from leaving Bleak House for a poetic librarian.
12 "A Perfect Gentleman" 5 December 1975 (1975-12-05) 205
A conman, Seymour, preys on Rigsby's gullibility.
13 "The Last of the Big Spenders" 12 December 1975 (1975-12-12) 206
Rigsby buys new furniture to impress Brenda.
14 "Things That Go Bump in the Night" 19 December 1975 (1975-12-19) 207
Rigsby's ghost story backfires on him and he believes the house is haunted.
15 "For the Man Who Has Everything" 26 December 1975 (1975-12-26) 208
Rigsby has a miserable Christmas with no cards, no friends, and nobody to kiss underneath his mistletoe.

Series 3 (1977)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Code
16 "That's My Boy" 12 April 1977 (1977-04-12) 301
A baby occupies the tenants and eventually Rigsby.
17 "Stage Struck" 19 April 1977 (1977-04-19) 302
A playwright wants Rigsby for his leading man.
18 "Clunk Click" 26 April 1977 (1977-04-26) 303
Rigsby takes Ruth for a spin in his new car and he believes he has run over his cat, Vienna.
19 "The Good Samaritans" 3 May 1977 (1977-05-03) 304
A suicidal man moves in to the bed-sitter.
20 "Fawcett's Python" 10 May 1977 (1977-05-10) 305
An erotic dancer and her snake worry the tenants.
21 "The Cocktail Hour" 17 May 1977 (1977-05-17) 306
Rigsby gives Alan advice on 'society' behaviour.
22 "Suddenly at Home" 24 May 1977 (1977-05-24) 307
A hypochondriac is convinced he is going to die. Nobody believes his excuses, until he has eaten Ruth's soup.

Series 4 (1978)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Code
23 "Hello Young Lovers" 4 April 1978 (1978-04-04) 401
Rigsby mistakes a courting couple for newlyweds.
24 "Fire and Brimstone" 11 April 1978 (1978-04-11) 402
A religious tenant is sent to convert Rigsby.
25 "Great Expectations" 18 April 1978 (1978-04-18) 403
Rigsby has been left money, on condition.
26 "Pink Carnations" 25 April 1978 (1978-04-25) 404
Rigsby and Ruth become 'lonely-hearts'.
27 "Under the Influence" 2 May 1978 (1978-05-02) 405
A gypsy hypnotises Rigsby.
28 "Come on in, the Water's Lovely" 9 May 1978 (1978-05-09) 406
Ruth agrees to marry Rigsby, but things don't go according to plan.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rising Damp: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 

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