Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987– )

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A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent and a permanently drunk bodyguard.

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 Edward Catflap (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Richard Rich (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Ralph Filthy (6 episodes, 1987)
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Richie (Rik Mayall) is a former actor who has only one ambition - to be famous. He believes that everyone knows who he is and often has a paranoid feeling that people are out to get him. He lives with his minder Edward (Ade Edmondson), a drunk. His agent Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planner) is not very good at his job and apart from being an agent, he is involved in some rather shady businesses. This series follows Richie's pathetic attempts to reach stardom. He stops at nothing to reach his goal, he even contemplates killing his own father. Fourth wall breaking happens very often. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry make an appearance in one episode, as well as young Chris Barrie. Written by Audrey_L

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A main factor in the show only lasting one series was a falling out between Rik Mayall and Ben Elton over writing privileges. Mayall felt Elton was dominating the series and that he was shut out of the writing process. See more »

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Edward Catflap: Richie, if you don't stop talking, I am going to cut off your head, put it in the microwave until it goes ping, mash it up with a bit of milk and butter, and ram it up your backside!
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The missing link between "The Young Ones" and "Bottom".
31 July 2001 | by (Plymouth, England) – See all my reviews

"Filthy, Rich and Catflap" is a lost treasure of British comedy. Only six episodes were ever made, which the BBC repeated just once, and it has not been seen on any British cable or satellite channels for years. This is a shame, as it really is a great series, if not exactly a classic.

Written by Ben Elton (co-creator of "The Young Ones" and "Blackadder"), and starring three quarters of "The Young Ones" cast (Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer), "Filthy, Rich and Catflap" is essentially Elton's attempt at combining satire with the violent and surreal slapstick of "The Young Ones".

The series centres around the inutterably sad Richie Rich (Mayall), a washed-up entertainer and actor, and his futile quest for recognition of his non-existent talent. Unfortunately for Richie, his lack of ability is entirely at odds with his inflated ego and self-image as some sort of Bohemian.

Other regular characters are Eddie Catflap (Edmondson), Richie's rather psychotic "minder", and the very seedy Ralph Filthy (Planer), Richie's ineffectual agent, who also has sidelines in child prostitution and pornography, which he operates under the guise of a "stage school".

The satirical element of the series targets both television culture and the nature of celebrity itself, particularly those celebrities who (like Richie) believe the world owes them a living. In this sense, the series is almost a precursor to the more successful "Absolutely Fabulous", which appeared five years later.

The series also contains some well-observed spoofs, such as the tacky game show "Oo-er, Sounds a Bit Rude!", and boasts an impressive list of guest stars, many of whom were virtually unknown at the time, like Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, David Baddiel and Chris Barrie, not to mention existing household names (in Britain, at least) like Barbara Windsor, Mel Smith, Anne Diamond and the Nolan Sisters. (The list of guests probably explains the lack of repeats - the repeat fees would bankrupt the BBC!)

Some of the plots tend to lose their way occasionally - what was ground-breaking in "The Young Ones" is not necessarily so here, which perhaps confirms that Ben Elton writes his best stuff when working with others.

Of course, in amongst the sharp satire, silly plots and glittering guest stars, there is also the now familiar spectacle of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson beating the crap out of each other - so, if you're a fan of "The Young Ones" or "Bottom", you'll probably enjoy "Filthy, Rich and Catflap" too.

If you ever get a chance to see it, that is.




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