The BEST Episodes of Rising Damp

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Network: ITV1

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Come on in the Water's Lovely

#1 - Come on in the Water's Lovely

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 1978

Rigsby finally proposes to Ruth when he receives his long awaited divorce papers.

star 8.90
30 votes
Directors: Vernon Lawrence
The Permissive Society

#2 - The Permissive Society

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 7, 1975

Philip arranges a blind date for Alan, so he can be alone with Ruth, who's been let down by her latest suitor.

star 8.82
38 votes
Great Expectations

#3 - Great Expectations

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 18, 1978

Rigsby persuades Ruth to impersonate his estranged wife so he can collect an inheritance from his great uncle.

star 8.81
32 votes
Under the Influence

#4 - Under the Influence

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 1978

Rigsby persuades a tenant behind on his rent to hypnotize Ruth and plant the idea she's madly in love with Rigsby.

star 8.81
31 votes
Stage Struck

#5 - Stage Struck

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 19, 1977

When Alan and Ruth are cast as lovers in a play written by a new tenant, Hillary, a jealous Rigsby decides to take up acting.

star 8.73
33 votes
The Lodgers (a.k.a Rooksby)

#6 - The Lodgers (a.k.a Rooksby)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 1974

Alan tries to talk landlord Rigsby into moving him from the damp, freezing attic, and into the newly vacated room downstairs. Rigsby is having none of it, and instead is persuaded by Miss Jones into letting it to her friend from the university, Philip. Rigsby is not quite so enthusiastic however, when he sees that Philip is black. He is even less enthusiastic when he begins to suspect that the new tenant has designs on Miss Jones. Alan and Rigsby both plot to get rid of Philip, but it is Miss Jones' constant and unwanted attention that cause Philip to pack his cases. Rigsby, unwilling to refund a weeks rent and upon hearing he is the son of a chief, persuades Philip to swap to another room, and so squeezes him in with a less than willing Alan.

star 8.55
49 votes
Moonlight and Roses

#7 - Moonlight and Roses

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 28, 1975

Rigsby jumps to the conclusion that Ruth has fallen in love with him.

star 8.00
34 votes
Fawcett's Python

#8 - Fawcett's Python

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 10, 1977

Ruth becomes indignant with Marilyn, the new tenant, who is an exotic dancer with an unusual prop in her act.

star 8.00
33 votes
Black Magic

#9 - Black Magic

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 13, 1974

Rigsby has been busy trying to attract Miss Jones' attentions. Meanwhile, Miss Jones has been busy trying to attract Philip's attentions. During a chat with the boys, Rigsby is told that Philip has ten wives, and that he is seen as a God in his own country. Rigsby is somewhat sceptical and demands proof of Philip's powers. Philip claims he can make something appear, and so performs a small ritual in which he bangs the floor three times with a ceremonial spear. Before long, a scantily clad Miss Jones enters the room in something of a fluster, hastily makes an excuse and leaves. Rigsby however, is still not convinced. Later, when he is alone, Alan tries the same ritual, and again Miss Jones rushes upstairs believing the knocking to be a call from Philip. Later, when Rigsby finds himself alone in the room with the spear, he cannot resist attempting to conjure Miss Jones' appearance himself. Unfortunately he only manages to raise the laughter of Alan and Philip who spy on him from the door

star 7.99
69 votes
For the Man Who Has Everything (Christmas Special)

#10 - For the Man Who Has Everything (Christmas Special)

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 26, 1975

Rigsby spends Christmas alone, but both Alan and Philip return early looking for some solitude for romance.

star 7.97
64 votes
Pink Carnations

#11 - Pink Carnations

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 1978

Rigsby tries to find a woman through an ad in the personals column and receives a surprising response.

star 7.90
31 votes
Directors: Vernon Lawrence
Things That Go Bump in the Night

#12 - Things That Go Bump in the Night

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 19, 1975

Rigsby tries to spook Alan by telling him that the boarding house is haunted.

star 7.89
36 votes
Directors: Len Lurcuck
A Perfect Gentleman

#13 - A Perfect Gentleman

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 5, 1975

A well-bred new tenant brings out Rigsby's aristocratic aspirations.

star 7.87
63 votes
The Cocktail Hour

#14 - The Cocktail Hour

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 17, 1977

Alan becomes engaged to a girl from a snobbish family.

star 7.85
33 votes
Clunk Click

#15 - Clunk Click

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 26, 1977

Rigsby tries to impress Ruth with a fancy new car.

star 7.79
34 votes
A Night Out

#16 - A Night Out

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 20, 1974

Alan and Philip are pleasantly surprised by Rigsby's rather dapper appearance. It is Miss Jones' birthday, and Rigsby has booked a table at The Grange. The only problem is that he doesn't know how to ask her, and so he has to invite the boys in order that they will ask her for him. After a quick rummage in the wardrobe of another tenant, Spooner the wrestler, Rigsby and Alan acquire suitable attire for the restaurant, and so they all depart for the evening. Unfortunately for Rigsby, Philip seems to be holding Miss Jones' attention at the table and on the dance floor. That is until the band strike up a waltz, which happens to be Rigsby's forte. His luck is short lived however, as Spooner turns up and demands to know why Rigsby is wearing his clothes. The resulting fracas sees Miss Jones' embarrassed exit, and Rigsby's ejection, from the restaurant.

star 7.73
45 votes
Stand Up and Be Counted

#17 - Stand Up and Be Counted

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 17, 1975

Rigsby`s political loyalties are put to the test as election fever grips the house.

star 7.62
63 votes

#18 - Charisma

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 27, 1974

After a recent spate of ill luck in the romance department, Rigsby turns to Alan and Philip to offload his woes. Sensing an opportunity to get a favour out of Rigsby, Alan and Philip bestow instant charisma on him in the form of a huge medallion, a Matt Monro LP and a bottle of relaxant pills. Rigsby wastes no time in visiting Miss Jones to woo her to the strains of Matt Monro, however a mild overdose of the relaxants causes him to fall asleep considerably earlier than he had anticipated. When he finally wakes up, he sets about finding Alan to duff him up, but instead decides to try a plan of Philip's whereby he burns the wood of the love tree outside Ruth's hut, a plan without drawbacks as Ruth will be unable to resist the enchanting aroma. However, as Rigsby's plan goes up in smoke as it were, all favours to Alan and Philip are withdrawn much to their frustration.

star 7.61
66 votes
The Last of the Big Spenders

#19 - The Last of the Big Spenders

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 12, 1975

Rigsby tries to seduce a new tenant while fending off bill collectors.

star 7.56
64 votes
The Prowler

#20 - The Prowler

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 10, 1975

Ruth's screams of a prowler brings Rigsby to her side and prompts a visit from the regional crime squad.

star 7.39
91 votes
That's My Boy

#21 - That's My Boy

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 1977

Rigsby returns from his holidays to find that Ruth has returned and that an infant is being passed around for care.

star 7.27
37 votes
All Our Yesterdays

#22 - All Our Yesterdays

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 3, 1975

Rigsby has to tell an ill-tempered wrestler to turn down the volume on his radio.

star 7.22
67 votes
Directors: Len Lurcuck
The Good Samaritan

#23 - The Good Samaritan

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 3, 1977

Even the callous Rigsby becomes concerned over a depressed new tenant who has suffered a series of business and personal problems.

star 7.21
33 votes
A Body Like Mine

#24 - A Body Like Mine

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 1975

Rigsby reluctantly joins a communal fitness craze.

star 7.14
35 votes
Hello Young Lovers

#25 - Hello Young Lovers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 4, 1978

Ruth befriends a young couple who have moved in, fleeing from her disapproving father.

star 7.09
35 votes
Directors: Vernon Lawrence