Rising Damp

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Rising Damp is a British sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV. ITV originally broadcast the programme from 1974 until 1978. It was adapted for television by Eric Chappell from his well-received 1971 stage play The Banana Box (retained as the working title early in the series). The series was the highest-ranking ITV sitcom in BBC's 100 Best Sitcoms poll of 2004.

The setting is a rundown Victorian townhouse let out as bedsits in Yorkshire. The exact setting is not explicitly stated although it is implied to be Leeds; through references to Leeds United, Yorkshire Rider, the M62 and the Corn Exchange.

There are 28 episodes. 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.

A feature film version was released in 1980, reusing several storylines from the television series. As Richard Beckinsale had died the year before, Christopher Strauli was cast as a new character, art student John. The character of Alan is briefly referenced, as having left. The film's theme song features lyrics by Eric Chappell and was released as a 7" single. The B-side features comedy dialogue between Rigsby and Miss Jones.


All 28 episodes plus film

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Weight 0.06kg

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