Worst & Best Rising Damp Episodes/List

Title: Rising Damp
Genre: British Sitcom
Series: 4
Episodes: 28
First Transmission: 1974-1978
Runtime: 25 min
Channel: ITV

Rigsby lords it over his tenants in his seedy bedsit.

 

Episode Rankings

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[Updated July 2020]

 

Best Episode #26

Pink carnationsBy coincidence Rigsby and Ruth answer the personal ad each has placed in the local paper. (1978)

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
One of those classic tales of many sitcoms which involve continual misunderstandings and continual embarrassments.

Worst Episode #24

Fire and BrimstoneA religious Welshman who is a theology student moves into the house and tries to convert Rigsby. (1978)

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
Alan (Richard Beckinsale) did not appear in this episode or any episode in the final series. Amusing but a more workmanlike episode.

 

Full Episode Guide

Key:-
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

#1 The Lodgers (1974) –
Stingy landlord Rigsby is looking for a new lodger.
#2 Black Magic (1974) –
Philip shows Rigsby a ritual that he claims attracts women
#3 A Night Out (1974) –
Rigsby, Alan, Philip and Ruth go out to an upmarket restaurant for Ruth’s birthday.
#4 Charisma (1974) –
Philip tells Rigsby of the wood of the love tree, the burning of which may attract Miss Jones.
#5 All Our Yesterdays (1974) –
Spooner is an annoying lodger, but Rigsby is reluctant to confront him.
#6 The Prowler (1974) –
Miss Jones sees a prowler through her window, and Rigsby suspects everyone.
#7 Stand Up and Be Counted (1974) –
Election fever grabs hold of the household.

Series Two

#8 Permissive Society (1975) –
Everybody is obsessed by sex.
#9 Food Glorious Food (1975) –
Philip wagers Rigsby £5 that he cannot fast for 48 hours.
#10 A Body Like Mine (1975) –
Rigsby challenges Philip to a boxing match but soon regrets it.
#11 Moonlight and Roses (1975) –
Miss Jones is dating a librarian and Rigsby is very jealous.
#12 The Perfect Gentlemen (1975) –
New lodger Seymour cons money out of a gullible Rigsby.
#13 The Last of the Big Spenders (1975) –
Rigsby buys new furniture to impress new lodger Brenda, but his plan fails when the furniture is repossessed.
#14 Things That Go Bump in the Night (1975) –
Rigsby tries to scare Alan with a ghost story about “the Grey Lady.”
#15 For the Man Who Has Everything (1975) –
It’s Christmas and Rigsby is all on his own.

Series Three

#16 That’s My Boy (1977) –
Rigsby comes home from Spain believing that Miss Jones has a baby.
#17 Stage Struck (1977) –
A camp playwright wants Rigsby to play the leading man in his play.
#18 Clunk Click (1977) –
Rigsby takes Miss Jones for a spin in his new car.
#19 The Good Samaritan (1977) –
Mr Gray, the new lodger, feels suicidal, so goes onto the roof to jump.
#20 Fawcett’s Python (1977) –
Rigsby’s new lodger is an erotic dancer with a pet snake.
#21 The Cocktail Hour (1977) –
Alan has a new girlfriend and she is very posh.
#22 Suddenly at Home (1977) –
The new lodger, Osborne, is a hypochondriac and convinced that he is about to die.

Series Four

#23 Hello Young Lovers (1978) –
Misunderstandings abound when Rigsby mistakenly assumes a couple are newlyweds.
#24 Fire and Brimstone (1978) –
A religious Welshman who is a theology student moves into the house and tries to convert Rigsby.
#25 Great Expectations (1978) –
Rigsby has been left some money in a will, but it stipulates that he must be married, so he gets Miss Jones to pose as his wife.
#26 Pink Carnations (1978) –
By coincidence Rigsby and Ruth answer the personal ad each has placed in the local paper.
#27 Under the Influence (1978) –
A gypsy man tries to hypnotise Philip but inadvertently hypnotises Rigsby.
#28 Come On In The Water’s Lovely (1978) –
Miss Jones accepts Rigsby’s marriage proposal, but when the wedding day arrives, she changes her mind.