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The creators of Rising Damp and Home to Roost died at the age of 88

Rising Damp and Home to Roost: Tribute to Eric Chappell, who wrote classic sitcoms, died at the age of 88.

  • Eric Chappell, creator of Rising Damp and Home to Roost, died at the age of 88
  • A sitcom from Grantham, Lincolnshire, he began his writing career in 1970
  • Rising Damp, who ran ITV from 1974 to 1978, won the Bafta Award for Best Sitcom
  • After success with Rising Damp, Mr. Chappell went on to write Home to Roost
  • Actor Reece Dinsdale, who starred in Home to Roost, paid tribute to the writer

By Mark Tovey for Mailonline

Posted: Apr 24, 2022, 12:03 BST | Updated: April 24, 2022 at 12:41 PM BST

Eric Chappell, creator of the sitcoms Rising Damp and Home to Roost, died at the age of 88.

Mr. Chappell of Grantham, Lincolnshire, began his writing career with The Banana Box, which debuted at the Hampstead Theater Club in 1970 before reaching the West End in 1973.

This West End play was later adapted into Rising Damp, a popular sitcom of ITV, which ran in four series from 1974 to 1978 and starred Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington.

Rising Damp tells the story of a greedy landlord called Rupert Rigsby, who rents a run-down Victorian townhouse to a diverse group of tenants.

After winning the Baft Award for Best Situation Comedy in 1978, Rising Damp was adapted into a film released in 1980.

Eric Chappell, creator of the sitcoms Rising Damp and Home to Roost, died at the age of 88.

Rising Damp tells the story of a greedy landlord called Rupert Rigsby, who rents a run-down Victorian townhouse to a diverse group of tenants. Pictured: Rising Damp characters Rupert Rigsby, played by Leonard Rossiter; and Miss Ruth Jones, played by Frances de la Tour

Rising Damp characters, from left to right: Alan Moore (played by Richard Beckinsale), Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter), Miss Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour) and Philip Smith (Don Warrington)

Following the success of Rising Damp, Mr. Chappell continued to write Home to Roost, which aired from 1985 to 1990 and starred John Thaw, who portrayed a divorce whose life turns upside down after his teenage son, played by Reece. Dinsdale, he’s moving for freedom. washer.

Mr. Dinsdale, 62, announced Mr. Chappell’s death in a tweet yesterday.

He wrote on a social media platform: “I just heard that Eric Chappell, writer of #HomeToRoost, #RisingDamp and many other shows, died on Thursday,

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, sir … your scripts have been a complete joy to play. Great times!

“My love and deepest condolences to his friends and family RIP Eric.”

Roost’s main stars, from left to right: Henry Willows (played by John Thaw), his teenage son Matthew (Reece Dinsdale) and his daughter Julie (Rebecca Lacey)

After the success of Rising Damp (1974 to 1978), Eric Chappell continued to write Home to Roost about a divorced man whose life turned upside down after his teenage son, played by Reece Dinsdale, moved to his free block. Pictured from left to right: Home to Roost characters Henry Willows (John Thaw) and Matthew (Reece Dinsdale)

Actor and director Reece Dinsdale, who played Matthew’s grumpy teenage son in Home to Roost, paid tribute to playwright Eric Chappell, who won the Baft Award, who died on 21.

Mr. Chappell, who died on April 21, worked for 22 years as an auditor for the East Midlands Electricity Board and wrote several novels that were rejected before taking a break from drama.

“RIP Eric Chappell, one of the greatest greats of all time,” tweeted Jed Mercurio, creator of the BBC’s Line of Duty.

Mr. Mercurio continued, “His great comedies have entertained millions, week after week, for decades.”

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