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For the Man Who Has Everything 

Following a lonely Christmas spent with only Vienna as company, Rigsby is visited by the milkman, Fred, wanting his money, and post woman Gwen, who delivers a card - sent by himself - but ... See full summary »

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Ronnie Baxter (uncredited)

Writer:

Eric Chappell
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Episode complete credited cast:
Leonard Rossiter ... Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale ... Alan
Don Warrington ... Philip
Gabrielle Rose ... Brenda (as Gay Rose)
Larry Martyn ... Fred
Elizabeth Adare ... Lucy
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Gwen
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Following a lonely Christmas spent with only Vienna as company, Rigsby is visited by the milkman, Fred, wanting his money, and post woman Gwen, who delivers a card - sent by himself - but declines to kiss him under the mistletoe. Alan and Brenda return from spending Christmas with his parents and both, separately, give him bath salts as a present. Philip comes back with a girl-friend Lucy, assuming they would be alone in the house. He tells Rigsby he has a present for him in his room and Rigsby wrongly believes this is Lucy. As she is black he imagines she has just arrived from Africa - rather than Northampton - and tries to teach her the British custom of kissing under the mistletoe. However Philip comes in to do that and gives Rigsby his actual present, a bottle of wine so strong it takes his power of speech away. Gwen and Fred return - she is now prepared to kiss Rigsby under the mistletoe but Fred gets in first! Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

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21 December 1975 (UK) See more »

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Featured in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »

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For the Man Who Has Everything
20 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Christmas special sees Rigsby on his own on Boxing Day, only Vienna is keeping him company. He was meant to visit his brother and both the milkman and the postwoman realise he has been on his own at Christmas. To make things worse the milkman has run out of double cream.

However Rigsby is not on his own for long. Alan and Brenda sneak in to be together thinking Rigsby is away. Later Phillip sneaks in with a girlfriend from Northampton.

Rather amusing to see Rigsby's lodgers give him bath salts as a Christmas present implying that he smells. Rigsby thinks that Phillip has got him a woman from darkest Africa when in fact he just bought him some strong spirits.


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