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Rising Damp Series

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Caught this by accident on ITV3 today.

Still brilliant after all these years.

My Hungarian friend thinks it is hilarious because he just sees Rigsby's blatant racism. He doesn't get the more subtle point - that the black guy, Don Warrington's character - ultimately has the intellectual high ground.

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Yes we lived in cheesy bedsits back then! It was then! :blink:

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My Hungarian friend thinks it is hilarious because he just sees Rigsby's blatant racism. He doesn't get the more subtle point - that the black guy, Don Warrington's character - ultimately has the intellectual high ground.

I thought the dynamic was that they all, including Rigsby, looked up to Philip but Rigsby was always desperate not to admit it.

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Like all great British comedy Rising Damp is about characters who have intellectual and social pretensions they are fated never to fulfil. They yearn to be one thing but always end up being something else. (similar to Hancock or Harold Steptoe).

In addition Rigsby and Miss Jones is one of the greatest tragi-comic love relationships in theatrical history. As doomed lovers a hundred times more poignant than that Romeo and Juliet crap that Shakespeare gave us.

"Miss Jones, You have an hour glass figure"

"Well you know sometimes I can't help wishing I had a little more sand"

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Don't you all remember the episode where it was revealed that Philip was a fraud? No public school education and not the son of an African chief - just another poseur.

Yes, very touching. After Denholm Elliot got caught stealing by Philip he outed him as not being able to speak ?Swahili in the presence of Rigsby; Philip then admitted making it all up. Rather than crow about it Rigsby said something like "You're a prince alright".

Had a quick look for the clip on Youtube but no joy.

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It was actually very realistic, and that's how we lived. I know a lot of younger people here think we all bought six bedroom houses for twelve shillings. :wacko:

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It was actually very realistic, and that's how we lived. I know a lot of younger people here think we all bought six bedroom houses for twelve shillings. :wacko:

No interviewing of potential room mates to ensure compatibility back then.My landlord at the time specialised in rooms over shops and would even put up a thin curtain in the window of an unused shop and let it as a shared room.

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It was actually very realistic, and that's how we lived. I know a lot of younger people here think we all bought six bedroom houses for twelve shillings. :wacko:

Quite right MrPin

As a student back in the 1970s there was 3 of us sharing a single room in digs for a couple of years

The idea of ones own bedsit within the house as portrayed in Rising Damp seemed like unimaginable and unaffordable luxury

Essentially it was just a place to sleep not live or study

It probably explains why I spent in most of my student years either in the pub or the University Library

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