Series: Filthy Rich & Catflap
Clockwise, from top left: Ralph Filthy, Richie Rich, and Eddie Catflap
Filthy Rich & Catflap
is a Brit Com
that some members of The Young Ones
cast made between The Young Ones
Rik Mayall plays Richie Rich, a talentless, unheard-of ham actor on a crusade for fame and glory. Adrian Edmondson plays his violent alcoholic minder, and Nigel Planer plays Richie's useless sponging agent.
The show has absolutely No Fourth Wall
The show was ended when Mayall complained to Ben Elton about his writing privileges. Elton didn't listen and Mayall left.
This show provides examples of:
- Accidental Murder: At least four dead milkmen in the first episode. Five, if you include the one in the hospital.
- Attention Whore: Richie.
- Ass Shove: 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?
- Berserk Button: Richie's incredible success at the end of the series drives Eddie to smashing up the set.
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: The show delights in hanging lampshades.
- British Brevity: Only six episodes were made, thanks to an argument between Rik Mayall and writer Ben Elton.
- Careful With That Axe: Subverted when Eddie hits Richie in the balls with one.
- Catch Phrase: Filthy has "Hello is that...? Yes I can hold."
- Comically Missing the Point: Richie thinks his agent has got him work in theatre and rehearses it with Eddie:
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) WHAT in the name of Satan's PORTION!?
Eddie: I was acting. You said it was a fight.
- Daddy DNA Test: Except the DNA test is part of an elaborate plan to share Richie's money between Eddie, Eddie's cousin, and Filthy. And the blood sample is pure lager.
- Disposing of a Body: The dead milkmen in episode one.
- Double Entendre
- Richie appears in game show called Oo-er sounds a bit rude!
- Failure Is the Only Option: Played straight for most of the series. And then subverted! The series ends on a cheery "Made it!" from Richie.
- Fan Boy: Richie seems to have Tarby on the brain.
- Gay Bar Reveal:
Richie: Bloody fairies! That's what you are, isn't it?
Men at bar: Yes.
(Richie and Eddie are thrown out)
- Hanging Judge: A literal example passes judgement over the three at the beginning of the sixth episode.
- It's All About Me: Richie.
- Jerkass: The three title characters.
- Large Ham:
- Richie. "I'M STRETCHED ON THE RACK OF MY OWN GENIUS!"
- Eddie: If you don't shut up I'LL RAM YOUR HEAD INTO THE MICROWAVE!
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Ralph Filthy
- Massive Multiplayer Scam: The entire paternity plot was a scam by Eddie, his relatives, and Filthy.
- No Fourth Wall
- Oh My Gods!: "What in the name of Satan's portion?!"
- Repetitive Name: Richie Rich.
- Running Gag: The doorbell sounds like a fart. Of course, the cast take advantage of this.
- Sadist Show: Completes the Mayall-Edmondson trinity of Sadist Shows alongside Bottom and The Young Ones.
- Self-Deprecation: 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!
- The Starscream: Eddie fits this trope at times. Particularly in the first episode.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Richie fits this to a T.
- Strawman Political: Dingo Wucker in episode 6. His conservative agenda is based mainly on his cruelty and paranoia.
- Those Two Actors:
- Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson are an established comedy duo and have frequently starred alongside each other.
- Two of the characters from the game show episode are references to characters from Are You Being Served? (Mr Humphries and Mrs Slocombe).
- Also, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the same episode.
- Take That:
Filthy: And then give that comic the world's best gag —
: Which would have to be Thatcher's
'79 election promise to cut unemployment!
- There are a number of digs at conservatism (par for the course; see also The Young Ones). This is 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.
- Take That Me: 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!"
- Trouser Space: Eddie can fit 3 whole chickens in his trousers.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Unusual Euphemism:
- "I've sustained some quite considerable Belisha beacons in my time, thank you!"
- "Adolf Hitler's lover rumoured to be a man!
- Who Writes This Crap?!: 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?
- With Friends Like These...
- X Meets Y: Postmodernism meets Comedic Sociopathy.
- You Have Failed Me: Played with in epsiode 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 TV am, he neither thinks they will be, nor wants them to be, and they are this time, so they basically failed to not fail him.