At its peak, over 18 million viewers tuned in to observe the day-to-day events at Rigsby's dingy boarding house in Eric Chappell's hilarious sitcom Rising Damp. The landlord from hell, Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) prowled around his dilapidated eyrie, poking his nose into his lodgers' affairs. The biggest bigot alive, Rigsby took great solace in picking an argument with Alan and Phlip (Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington) - both students studying at the nearby university - in their claustraphobic attic room, while having nothing but kind words for Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour), the object of his desire, who lives in the bedsite below... Episodes Comprise: - Charisma - A Perfect Gentleman - For the Man Who Has Everything - Stage Struck - Come On in - The Water's Lovely'
There is a good age for watching this probably between 50 and 70. I am in that group and loved it partly for nostalgic reasons but also because I like the characters. Younger viewers I suspect will find it shabby, slow and a bit slapstick. None of it could be described as witty or sharp some of the jokes are based on racial stereotype funny only in the 70's when it was just a bit risque. Now not only old but embarrassing. I am however a die hard Rossiter fan.