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7 January 1987 (UK) See more »
A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent and a permanently drunk bodyguard. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast [4])

Adrian Edmondson ... Edward Catflap (6 episodes, 1987)

Rik Mayall ... Richard Rich (6 episodes, 1987)

Nigel Planer ... Ralph Filthy (6 episodes, 1987)
Michael Redfern ... Policeman / ... (4 episodes, 1987)

Series Directed by
Paul Jackson (6 episodes, 1987)
Ed Bye (4 episodes, 1987)
Series Writing credits
Ben Elton (6 episodes, 1987)
Rik Mayall (6 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Paul Jackson .... producer (6 episodes, 1987)
Alan Wright .... assistant producer (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Original Music by
Peter Brewis (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Ed Wooden (6 episodes, 1987)
David Shore (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Design by
Mel Bibby (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Costume Design by
Inez Nordell (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Ann Humphreys .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Department
Sue Templar .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1987)
Peter Phillips .... graphic designer (5 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
Tony Worthington .... sound supervisor (6 episodes, 1987)
Dennis Cartwright .... film sound recordist (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Wragg .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tommy Mottram .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1987)
Peter Rigby .... camera supervisor (5 episodes, 1987)
David Jackson .... film camera (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Burden .... costume assistant (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Editorial Department
Jill Dornan .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Dona DiStefano .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1987)
Christopher Miles .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1987)
Jackie Tyler .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1987)
John Pomphrey .... technical coordinator (5 episodes, 1987)

Production Companies

Additional Details

204 min | 30 min (6 episodes)

Did You Know?

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 »
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!See more »
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Referenced in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) (TV)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The missing link between "The Young Ones" and "Bottom"., 31 July 2001
Author: fatglyn from Plymouth, England

"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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