Richie loses his brilliant new game show formula to BBC big shot Jumbo Whiffy. He then resorts to taking advantage of his terminally ill father to get back into the limelight.




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Episode cast overview:
Suzy Aitchison ...
Jill (as Suzi Aitchison)
Ms Tomkins
Perry Benson ...
Freddy Gorgeous
Brian Croucher ...
David Lloyd ...
Eggy Guffer
Ron Pember ...


Out of work for three months Rich pitches his idea for game show 'Star Golfing Secrets' to BBC head of nice entertainment Jumbo Whiffy but Whiffy tricks him into signing over the rights for two pints. Hearing that his father is dying Rich proposes to cash in on it by inviting celebrities to the funeral but when father recovers considers murder. This plan is also scotched when Rich gets a letter from his mother to explain that nobody knows who his real father is - though she does enclose an exploding birthday cake. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 January 1987 (UK)  »

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Where Richie is making gestures to a woman walking by, in one shot Jumbo's drink is on the table. In the next shot it's near his face, then back on the table and in the next shot Jumbo puts it on the table again. See more »


Jumbo Whiffy: You've met Jill, I take it? I don't know what I'd do without her, terrific pair of eh... eyes, eh?
[indicating her bosom with his hands as he laughs]
Richard Rich: Yeah, and fantastic knockers as well, hasn't she?
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References Panorama (1953) See more »

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A death in the family!
26 July 2017 | by (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Richie has come up with the idea of a game show which he pitches to BBCs Head of Light Entertainment, the obese, lecherous Jumbo Whiffy who along with his adviser Eggy Guffer agrees to commission the series but not with Richie as the host. Instead they want Bobby Davro to front the show.

Richie is fuming at having been conned out of his idea but he perks up when he receives a phone call saying that his father is dying. As Richie is a 'celebrity', he decides to cash in on this piece of news by inviting celebrities at the funeral and using this event as an advertising campaign for a florist company entitled Bloody Flora. However, Richie gets another phone call saying that his father is starting to make a recovery. So now what must he do? The Answer? Murder.....

Out of all six episodes of 'Filthy, Rich & Catflap', this was the only one which didn't measure up. It has it's moments, but overall lacks the necessary spark to get it going. The late Mel Smith is impressive as the repugnant Jumbo Whiffy, as was Norman Pace as Eggy, who later would front a partnership with Gareth Hale ( who appeared as a game show host in episode two ) for their long running LWT series 'Hale & Pace'. Lynda Bellingham, also no longer with us, plays the fiery Miss. Tomkins, head of the Bloody Flora company.

Funniest moment - Richie and Filthy discussing inventive ideas for an advertisement. ''Someone decided to advertise instant noodles on the grounds that they taste nice. That's so outrageous, it's brilliant!'' says Richie!

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