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Series cast summary:
Michael Staniforth ...  Timothy Claypole 58 episodes, 1976-1984
Edward Brayshaw ...  Harold Meaker / ... 55 episodes, 1976-1984
...  Ethel Meaker 41 episodes, 1976-1984
William Perrie ...  Pantomime Horse Dobbin 27 episodes, 1979-1984
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, 1976-1979
Michael Darbyshire ...  Hubert Davenport 24 episodes, 1976-1979
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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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It makes me laugh out loud to this day!
28 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

Despite being too young to know the original run of Rentaghost, I'd still class it as one of the funniest shows of my youth. I'm afraid I have to disagree with some of the reviews here, and say I thought the series got better and better as it went on, it got barmier and barmier, the plots became insanely silly, but insanely funny. Such a shame only the first series was made commercially available, as it's a show I'm sure today's youngsters would love it.

Everything a kid could possibly want, the zany Meakers, the mischievous Mr Claypole, the clumsy Dobbin, and the poor Perkins.

Legendary writer Lynda la Plante appeared in one series, as Tamara Novek, she was ok, but the replacement of Nadia Popov played by Coronation Street legend Sue Nicholls was a joy to watch.

Such an amazingly talented set of performers, Stainforth got to show off his roller dancing talents, and the magical Ann Emery got to sing her heart out.

A much loved show, which proved it was great to grow up in the Seventies and early eighties.

Series Nine was hilarious, Suzi Starlight, Bernie St John and the cellar, magical!

10/10


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