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 ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Michael Staniforth Michael Staniforth ...  Timothy Claypole 58 episodes, 1976-1984
Edward Brayshaw Edward Brayshaw ...  Harold Meaker / ... 55 episodes, 1976-1984
Ann Emery ...  Ethel Meaker 41 episodes, 1976-1984
William Perrie William Perrie ...  Pantomime Horse Dobbin 27 episodes, 1979-1984
Molly Weir Molly Weir ...  Hazel the McWitch 26 episodes, 1978-1984
Hal Dyer Hal Dyer ...  Rose Perkins 26 episodes, 1978-1984
Jeffrey Segal Jeffrey Segal ...  Arthur Perkins 26 episodes, 1978-1984
John Asquith John Asquith ...  Pantomime Horse Dobbin 26 episodes, 1980-1984
Anthony Jackson Anthony Jackson ...  Fred Mumford 24 episodes, 1976-1979
Michael Darbyshire 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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Release Date:

6 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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(58 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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If your mansion house needs haunting....
26 May 2000 | by Spikey-2See all my reviews

"Ooooh Arthur! What are those lunatics The Meekers up to now?"

Aaahhh, *the* tv show of my childhood. Frequently pantomimonic, the antics of Claypole and the cast of (flippin') spooks amused me for a sizeable chunk of my childhood. The early episodes had actual plot and purpose with the profitless Rentaghost business, the later ones were low on quantity with the Spooks living with the Meekers. Christmas cracker joke scripts, a pantomime horse, Christopher Biggins acting more camp than a weekend at Butlins and an unhealthy dose of bluescreen effects with every episode leading to an all-cast chase around the Meekers' living room table as the theme tune played every week.

Harmless fun for the children of the 70s in the days before childrens television had to be educational and lost any creativity it ever had. Gone are the days of sit-coms for kids, but the spirit (ahem) is kept alive in "Rentaghost's" occasional repeats tucked away in the armpit of satellite television.

A classic. No question. Well, you must excuse me, the astral lift is waiting to whisk me away!

"Come away from the window, Rose....."


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