[-[[caption-width-right:300:Clockwise, from top left: Ralph Filthy, Richie Rich, and Eddie Catflap]]-]


''Filthy Rich & Catflap'' is a BritCom that some cast members of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' made between ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}''.

Creator/RikMayall plays Richie Rich, a [[SmallNameBigEgo talentless, unheard-of]] LargeHam actor on a manic crusade for fame and glory. He is assisted(?) in this endeavour by his useless sponging agent Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planer), and his violent alcholic minder Edward Catflap (Adrian Edmondson).

The show has absolutely NoFourthWall and mostly takes the piss out of regional showbiz and the SmallNameBigEgo people who work in it. It featured a lot of [[TheCameo cameos]] from light-entertainment celebrities and the alternative comedy scene, such as Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie.

It ended [[BritishBrevity after six episodes]] when Mayall complained to co-writer Creator/BenElton about his writing privileges. Elton didn't listen and Mayall left.

!!This show provides examples of:
* AccidentalMurder: At least four dead milkmen in the first episode. Five, if you include the one in the hospital.
* AlliterativeName: Richie Rich.
* AttentionWhore: Richie.
* AssShove: Insinuated:
-->'''Eddie:''' Richie, it's your choice. I can either stuff the meat into the oven, you into the oven, or the oven into you. Which is it to be?
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: Richie's incredible success at the end of the series drives Eddie to [[PostModernism smashing up the set.]]]]
* BetterThanABareBulb: The show delights in hanging lampshades.
* BritishBrevity: Only six episodes were made, thanks to an argument between Rik Mayall and writer Ben Elton.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Subverted when Eddie hits Richie in the balls with one.
* CatchPhrase: Filthy has "Hello is that...? Yes I can hold."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Richie thinks his agent has got him work in theatre and rehearses it with Eddie:
-->'''Richie:''' Now I play Romeo and you play the Fiery, War-like Tybalt. Right, it's a fight. ''(reciting play)'' Away to heaven, respected lenity, / And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now. / Now, Tybalt- ''(Eddie punches him in the face so hard, he falls and smashes through a door)'' [[OhMyGods WHAT in the name of Satan's PORTION!?]]
-->'''Eddie:''' I was acting. You said it was a fight.
* DaddyDNATest: [[spoiler: Except the DNA test is part of an [[MassiveMultiplayerScam elaborate plan]] to share Richie's money between Eddie, Eddie's cousin, and Filthy. And the blood sample is pure lager.]]
* DisposingOfABody: [[spoiler: The [[AccidentalMurder dead milkmen]] in episode one.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: This exchange:
-->'''Eddie:''' Let's put the body in the cupboard before it begins to whiff.\\
'''Richie:''' Uh-uh-uh -- if that were our criteria for putting things in the cub, we would have put you in one ages ago! ''[Eddie stares at him]'' Because you're so whiffy.\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah, I got it -- I just didn't think it was funny. That's all.
* DoubleEntendre
** "Oo-er!"
** Richie appears in a game show called ''Oo-er sounds a bit rude!''
* EroticAsphyxiation: When Ralph is in prison awaiting execution by hanging, he takes some pleasure in knowing that the asphyxiation will give him an erection: his first one in years.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Played straight for most of the series. [[spoiler: And then subverted! The series ends on a cheery "Made it!" from Richie.]]
* FanBoy: Richie seems to have Tarby on the brain.
* GayBarReveal:
-->'''Richie:''' Bloody fairies! That's what you are, isn't it?\\
'''Men at bar:''' Yes.\\
''(Richie and Eddie are thrown out)''
* HangingJudge: A literal example passes judgement over the three at the beginning of the sixth episode.
* HappyEnding: [[spoiler:Richie finally seizes fame by being the only TV presenter left standing, leading to round-the-clock hosting of every show on every channel. His flagship show, "Richtime", opens with a musical number about how he's better than everyone else because he's "in showbiz". Catflap gets annoyed by this and destroys the ''Filthy Rich & Catflap'' set, sparing everyone]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Richie.
* {{Jerkass}}: The three title characters.
* LargeHam:
** '''Eddie:''' If you don't shut up I'LL RAM YOUR HEAD INTO THE MICROWAVE!
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: Ralph Filthy
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: [[spoiler: The entire paternity plot was a scam by Eddie, his relatives, and Filthy.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dingo Wucker, the Australian media baron in the final episode, is clearly a parody of UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch.
* NoFourthWall
* OhMyGods: "What in the name of Satan's ''[[UnusualEuphemism portion]]''?!"
* RepetitiveName: Richie Rich.
* RunningGag: The doorbell sounds like a fart. Of course, the cast take advantage of this.
* SadistShow: Completes the Mayall-Edmondson trinity of Sadist Shows alongside ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' and ''Series/TheYoungOnes''.
* SelfDeprecation: Eddie often criticises the series, much to Richie's dismay.
--> '''Richie:''' Filthy, if this is some kind of joke...
--> '''Eddie:''' Then it'll be the first one on the show this week!
* ShowWithinAShow: Richie goes on a fictionalised version of ''Series/BlanketyBlank'' called ''Oo-er Sounds A Bit Rude'' hosted by Ivor Whopper.
* TheStarscream: Eddie fits this trope at times. Particularly in the first episode.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Richie fits this to a T.
* StrawmanPolitical: Dingo Wucker in episode 6. His conservative agenda is based mainly on his cruelty and paranoia.
* TakeThat:
-->'''Filthy''': And then give that comic the world's best gag --
-->'''Eddie''': Which would have to be [[MargaretThatcher Thatcher's]] '79 election promise to cut unemployment!
** There are a number of digs at [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem conservatism]] (par for the course; see also ''Series/TheYoungOnes''). This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at the end of the very first episode.
--->"Look, I've had just about enough left-wing soapbox rhetoric for one week!"
** The last episode has more than a few digs at Rupert Murdoch and tabloid journalists.
** An in-show example occurs when they systematically smear everyone in British showbiz.
* TakeThatMe: In a meta-sense; after Eddie and Richie indulge in an extended satirical dig at the police force, Richie undercuts the proceedings by pointing out "Next time ''you're'' in trouble, ''you'' try calling an alternative comedian!"
* TrouserSpace: Eddie can fit 3 whole chickens in his trousers.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* UnusualEuphemism:
** "I've sustained some quite considerable Belisha beacons in my time, thank you!"
* WhoWritesThisCrap: When Eddie asks Filthy to explain something.
--> '''Filthy:''' If I told you that I'd ruin the plot, wouldn't I, Eddie?
--> '''Eddie:''' Well, there's not a lot to ruin, is there, really. I'd hardly call this meaningless stream of bot and knob gags a plot, would you?
* WithFriendsLikeThese
* YouHaveFailedMe: Played with in episode 5. Normally when Filthy tells Richie and Eddie to be on time, they never are, but when he tells them to be on time for TVam, he doesn't want them to be, so they fail to fail him.