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Rising Damp

THAT KNACKERED-SOUNDING piano theme was your welcome into…LEONARD ROSSITER in skanky clothes, the skeleton in the corner, RICHARD BECKINSALE, that knackered old door, DON WARRINGTON as supposed African King’s son or something, “I knew it! I knew it! Bloody communists!”, “At least you still like me, don’t you, Vienna?”, FRANCES DE LA TOUR powdering her nose, FRANCES DE LA TOUR entertaining a posh friend who a) if female, Richard and Don fancy, b) if male Len is jealous of, and everybody ganging together to fool Rigsby into thinking the house is haunted. Every bloody week.



  1. mark

    June 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    A little dismissive, surely? I’d say this was ITV’s best ever sitcom. Although that’s not exactly the most ringing endorsement. OK, it’s up there with the finest BBC sitcoms.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Indeed it was ,Mark, this proved that ITV could finally make a decent sitcom. Music was by Dennis Wilson, which I assumed to be the drummer out of the Beach Boys moonlighting between albums until told otherwise.

  3. Rob Johnson

    September 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    A comic masterclass from Leonard Rossiter. He WAS the show.

  4. david

    May 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Lenord rossiter was a comic genius and a credit to my home city of liverpool

  5. Richard

    June 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Couldn’t agree more with TVCream review. This programme is possibly the most overrated “comedy” of all time.

    • Glenn Aylett

      August 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      Noooo, The Young Ones IMHO, which was like Rising Damp done by alternative comedians and which I rarely found funny. Yes, along with never watching Neighbours at the height of its popularity in 1988, I was one of a brave minority of under 21s who disliked The Young Ones. Another one was a born again Christian, who frowned at the amount of blasphemy on the BBC, and a teenage girl who found the housemates ugly and dirty.

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