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Michael Staniforth ...
 Timothy Claypole (58 episodes, 1976-1984)
Edward Brayshaw ...
 Harold Meaker / ... (55 episodes, 1976-1984)
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 Ethel Meaker (41 episodes, 1976-1984)
William Perrie ...
 Pantomime Horse Dobbin (27 episodes, 1978-1984)
Molly Weir ...
 Hazel the McWitch (26 episodes, 1978-1984)
Hal Dyer ...
 Rose Perkins (26 episodes, 1978-1984)
Jeffrey Segal ...
 Arthur Perkins (26 episodes, 1978-1984)
John Asquith ...
 Pantomime Horse Dobbin (26 episodes, 1980-1984)
Anthony Jackson ...
 Fred Mumford (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
Michael Darbyshire ...
 Hubert Davenport (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
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Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public. Over the years many ghosts came and went but the main Rentaghost crew consisted of - Timothy Claypole - A jester at the court of Queen Matilda (The Dreaded Tyrant of the Twelfth Century) Hazel the McWitch - The ghost of a Scottish witch who was recruited during the rentapotion venture Nadia Popov - A Dutch ghost who still suffered from hayfever and had a habit of 'popping off' whenever she saw a flower Fred Mumford - Originally founded Rentaghost after becoming a ghost in a shipping accident six months previously and runs the business for a short time. Hubert Davenport - A distinguished Victorian gentleman. The Meaker's next door neighbours, Rose and Arthur Perkins, were convinced that the Meaker's were a pair of nutters and hired a private detective then tried to get a psychiatrist to convince them that they needed treatment. Harold Meaker - Originally the spooks landlord but ... Written by Timothy C <claypole@cableol.co.uk>

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Michael Staniforth, who plays Timothy Claypole, was a talented roller skater and appeared in Starlight Express. See more »

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24 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'Rentaghost' was a children's comedy series by Bob Block, who also wrote the equally bizarre 'Pardon My Genie' and 'Robert's Robots'. It concerned an employment agency, run and staffed by three ghosts - trendy Fred Mumford, Victorian Hubert Davenport and jester Timothy Claypole. All used to 'teleport' by pinching their noses! Their landlord, and frequent victim, was Mr.Meaker. Each week, the Rentaghost gang would try their hand at something new - a taxi service, furniture removals, or entertaining hospital patients - usually with disastrous results. Mr.Claypole was always misinterpreting instructions - once, when asked to help Fred's parents move house - he did exactly that. Another story had Mr.Meaker turn into a budgie, and in yet another, his wife became a cocker spaniel. Whenever the doorbell rang, she barked! Fred's parents didn't know their son was dead - he was killed whilst working abroad - hence on home visits, he had to throw Mother's dinners away ( ghosts don't eat ). All very silly, but done with great panache. And it had one of the greatest theme tunes ever!


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