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Filthy, Rich and Catflap

ENERVATING ELTONIANA starring three quarters of the Young Ones as a trio of South London losers – Ralph Filthy (not “Filthy Ralph”), a seedy and shite theatrical agent (NIGEL PLANER); Richie Rich, aka RIK MAYALL playing himself, a “resting” actor; and Eddie Catflap, aka ADRIAN EDMONSON playing himself, a psychowanker. Lasted six episodes, then was taken off due to “violence” complaints, but only because they had a better effects budget than before, so when an axe went through a postman’s head it looked more realistic.



  1. Applemask

    January 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    It was a milkman’s head. And “PISS OFF, POSTIE!” was in The Young Ones. THIS IS IMPORTANT STUFF OKAY

  2. johnnyboy

    January 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Applemask; I always thought in TR&C that he attacked the milkie with an axe, not a postie.
    “Blimey! That candle burned down pretty quick!”

    On raiding a local convenience store:

    “Did you bring the gloves?”
    “Yup, indeedy do!”
    “These are oven gloves”
    “Well, yeah, ’cause you said things might get a little…hot”.

    You don’t get that anymore.

  3. Lee James Turnock

    June 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Some people claim this was better than the Young Ones. Pah, say I. It certainly had its moments but it could have used a script editor, or at the very least, slightly more input from Rik Mayall in the writing department. I seem to remember a lot of (not entirely unjustified) scathing reviews at the time, from the usual “I wrote a column for Private Eye back in 1968 so I know all about comedy and I know this is TERRIBLE” crusty old sods, mostly bemoaning the fact that it looked like a children’s series with added swearing and innuendos thrown in.
    I watched the whole series again on DVD recently and it’s more interesting than funny. Technically, the sound mix is quite distracting – the microphone often seems too far away from whoever’s talking at the time. Top marks to Mel Bibby for that authentically seedy set, though, with photos of your man Mayall frantically gurning alongside the likes of Bernard Manning in the background.

  4. Karl Savage

    March 25, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Forever immortalised in my mind just for the names Eggy Guffer and Jumbo Whiffy (Mel Smith and Norman Pace in cameo appearances, if memory serves). Said scene also containing the memorable refrain: “How are you, you old prostitute?” Brilliant.

  5. Richardpd

    November 30, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Supposedly this was going to be co-written by Ben Elton & Rik Mayall, but Elton was bed-ridden for a few weeks & filled the time by redrafting the scripts a few times & by the time he recovered decided the were decent enough to use. As you might expect Mayall wasn’t too pleased with not being able to put his touched to the scripts.

    The repeats & DVD releases have been affected by the amount of music used in the episodes.

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