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Rentaghost: the spooky kids show that is much bleaker than you remember
Rewatching Bob Block’s 70s kids’ sitcom for Halloween reveals some surprisingly scary themes at work
I f your mind ever wanders back to the childrens’ TV show Rentaghost, chances are you’ll think of the gaudy 80s version, with characters like Hazel the McWitch, Nadia Popov and Dobbin the Pantomime Horse.
But it didn’t start that way at all. The first series of Bob Block’s comedy for kids aired in 1976 with only three main ghosts. Five episodes are newly available on the BBC Store in time for Halloween – and they are a lot bleaker than you might imagine. Here’s why:
The show starts with a main character nearly getting killed
Fred Mumford is already dead, as it happens, but kids watching in 1976 weren’t to know that. Rentaghost opens with him appearing suddenly in the middle of a road and having to leap out the way of a speeding car.
He is concealing his death from his parents to get money
Mumford has been dead for six months, but his parents don’t know that; they think he went on a trip abroad. Consequently, episode one largely consists of him visiting his folks, avoiding mentioning that he is a ghost, then borrowing £30 to pay the rent on Rentaghost’s London offices, which he explains is his new business venture.
His dad doesn’t like him anyway
There is no love lost between Mr Mumford and his son. John Dawson played the role of Fred’s dad as a man constantly suppressing an explosion of exasperated rage. In one episode, as the ghosts try to entertain hospital patients with a magic show, Mumford Jr ends up trapped in a filing cabinet. There follows a scene where his dad delivers a long rant about what a disappointment he has always been, then shoves his head back down into the cabinet to close it.
The whole show is essentially about failure
Fred Mumford is dreadful at being a ghost. Hubert Davenport, played by Michael Darbyshire, is bullied by his long-dead Victorian “Mama” who regularly appears to scold him about the vulgarities of the modern world. And jester Timothy Claypole, performed majestically by Michael Staniforth, is unable to control his mischievous whims. Their business is a disaster (as epitomised by the chart on their wall).
They get out of scrapes by making people think they are having mental health episodes
To avoid a brush with the law, the ghosts repeatedly disappear and reappear a boat and a tent before a bemused policeman until he calls off the chase, and radios his control room to say he needs to take the day off. On another occasion, to conceal the fact that Mr Claypole has made a patient disappear, Mr Davenport pretends to be the ill man in his hospital bed. The nurse examining the ghost imposter is, naturally, unable to detect a pulse, and leaves the ward believing her patient has died.
It’s nowhere near as bad as you might expect
The sets and costumes are obviously low budget and 70s. Aimed at kids, much of the show’s appeal was in the slapstick comedy and silly visual puns Claypole cannot resist making. Rewatched as an adult, it is much more obvious that Block’s writing owes a huge debt not just to pantomime, but also to the fine British tradition of farce at the theatre.
It will ruin one of Doctor Who’s villains for you
At the end of his era as the Doctor, Patrick Troughton faced a renegade Time Lord, the War Chief, who was helping an evil alien race. Their plan was so vast that the Doctor was forced to call on his own people for help – ultimately leading them to change Doctor Who into Jon Pertwee and exile him to Earth. The War Chief was played menacingly by Edward Brayshaw.
A few years later, Brayshaw took on the role of hapless Mr Meaker, the Rentaghost crew’s landlord – who frequently ends up on the receiving end of whatever has gone awry with the ghost’s plans. By episode four he complains to Fred Mumford with the immortal line of dialogue: “Since you’ve been renting this office I’ve had a birdcage on my head, a premature appendicitis, and now a king-sized lamb chop dropped on me.”
The theme tune is the earworm to end all earworms
Perhaps the most worrying aspect of rewatching Rentaghost some 40 years after it first aired is the fact that for days afterwards, you’ll find the theme tune popping into your head at inopportune moments. Written and sung by Staniforth, it is etched in the mind of anyone who grew up watching childrens’ TV in the 1970s.
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“If your mansion house needs haunting just call Rentaghost, We’ve got spooks, and ghouls, and freaks, and fools, at Rentaghost, Hear the Phantom of the Opera, sing a haunting melody, Remember what you see, is not a mystery, but Rentaghost.”
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- After his death, Fred Mumford wants a second chance at achieving the success that eluded him in life. Coming back to Earth as a spirit, he recruits a Victorian gent and a medieval jester to set up "Rentaghost".
- 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 hay fever 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 ran the business for a short time, Hubert Davenport - a distinguished Victorian gentleman, Harold Meaker - originally the spooks landlord but later took over the business when Fred Mumford couldn't keep up with the rent and Ethel Meaker - Harold's wife who fancies herself as a bit of a singer. 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. — Timothy C <[email protected]>
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Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing, West London 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 Mattilda, 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; founder of Rentaghost after becoming a ghost in a shipping accident, 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 et Ethel Meake dirigent Rentaghost, une compagnie qui loue des fantômes pour le public...
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- First Aired January 6, 1976
- Recent October 16, 1984
- Network BBC One
- Average Runtime 25 minutes
- Genres Children Comedy Family Fantasy
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New neighbours to Harold and Ethel Meaker, Arthur and Rose Perkins (Jeffrey Segal and Hal Dyer) , were also introduced in 1978, and, amusingly, they became convinced that the Meakers were complete and utter nutters, regularly hiring private detectives and psychiatrists to prove that their etiquette was far from normal. In 1981, a Dutch ghost who suffered from severe hayfever was introduced. Miss Popov (Sue Nicholls) would teleport herself ("pop off") whenever she sneezed, usually by catching the whiff of a flower. 1983 saw the introduction of Whatsisname Smith (played by Carry On regular Kenneth Connor) whose name no one could remember. Susie Starlight (Aimi MacDonald) was added to the final series in 1984. She was a fairy godmother who could grant wishes.
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Many of the original cast members are performing in a New York Theatre Workshop streaming show to celebrate Rent ’s anniversary. (Fun fact: Rent ’s very first workshop was at NYTW!) The original cast of Rent included many people we’ve all heard of, even if we’re not Rentheads, such as Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs , and Anthony Rapp. There were many others included who did not go quite as mainstream, but they still made their mark on the arts. So, where is the original cast now?
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Anthony Rapp as Mark Cohen
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Anthony Rapp went on to build out quite the career after being in the original cast of Rent . He appeared in A Beautiful Mind , Twister , Road Trip , and the 2005 Rent film. His name made headlines when he came forward about Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct, but he is so much more than that. He’s now on Star Trek: Discovery as the franchise’s first openly gay character. Anthony got engaged to his partner, Ken, in 2019.
Daphne Rubin-Vega as Mimi Marquez
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While Daphne Rubin-Vega played Mimi Marquez in the original Broadway cast of Rent , the same character was played by Rosario Dawson in the film version because Daphne was pregnant at the time of filming. However, she continued her career on Broadway and TV, most notably in the second season of Smash . Recently, Daphne appeared on Netflix’s Social Distance with her husband, Tommy, and son, Luca.
Fredi Walker-Browne as Joanne Jefferson
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Idina Menzel as Maureen Johnson
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If Idina Menzel wasn’t already a household name after her 2003 Tony win as Elphaba in Wicked , she certainly became one as the voice of Elsa in Frozen (and when John Travolta famously mispronounced her name at the Oscars). Idina has also been in films such as Enchanted and Uncut Gems , and recently teased a new Cinderella film to be released in summer 2021. She and co-star Taye Diggs had a famous showmance, but they divorced in 2013, and Idina remarried in 2017 to actor Aaron Lohr.
Jesse L. Martin as Tom Collins
Jesse L. Martin played the charming MIT professor who preferred to slum it with his starving artist friends and love of his life, Angel. In reality, Jesse continued to pursue acting after being in the original cast of Rent and took on several television roles. One of his biggest roles was in Ally McBeal as her on-again-off-again boyfriend, although he has most recently appeared in The Flash as Joe West.
Taye Diggs as Benny (Benjamin Coffin III)
Taye Diggs played the one friend in the group who actually moved up financially, but he sold out his principles. Outside of being in the original cast of Rent , Taye went on to be just as successful as his character. He was in the films How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Chicago , and became a series regular on Private Practice and All American. It looks like he’s now hunkering down solo during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is writing a new children’s book about race called Why? A Conversation about Race .
Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel Dumott Schunard
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Wilson Jermaine Heredia won a Tony for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Rent as the charismatic and entrancing Angel. He was in the 2005 film version of the musical, and also appeared in the films Flawless and Descent. He’s had a few TV guest spots, but he has mostly been leading acting workshops with Artists and Beyond, as well as participating in concerts and fundraisers.
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- 1976 - 1984
- 58 episodes (9 series)
Childrens' comedy about an agency hiring out ghosts. Stars Michael Staniforth , Edward Brayshaw , Anthony Jackson , Michael Darbyshire , Betty Alberge and more .
Fred Mumford comes back from the dead with a business idea: Rentaghost , offering ghosts and poltergeists for hire. But the spooks on his staff, fussy Victorian Hubert Davenport and mischievous medieval jester Timothy Claypole, make the lively business of life after death a far from smooth affair...
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Recently deceased Fred Mumford needs to find money to fund his new ghost rental business. He hopes his parents will help him, but they have not yet been told their son is dead.
When Mr Mumford's parents are unable to go on holiday, the Rentaghost team learn that a Highwayman Ghost is terrorising the terminals at Heathrow Airport and that all the staff have gone on strike.
When landlord Mr Meaker comes to collect the rent, the shock of finding out his new tenants are ghosts brings on a case of appendicitis.
Our ghosts for hire get an important job for a security firm, working with a guard dog called Nero, but with Timothy Claypole having one of his mischevious turns and Davenport's Mama interfering, they are more of a liability.
Rentaghost gets a job haunting a stately manor. Mumford needs some help from his ghostly uncle Arthur, who then organises a ghost-strike.
Rentaghost goes into the private detective business, where Mr Meaker becomes a suspect.
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Ben Stiller stars in this American update of a BBC television series centering upon a ghost who runs a temp agency for the supernatural. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum) provide the script, with Madagascar's Tom McGrath handling directing duties.
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Rentaghost was a British children's television comedy show, broadcast by the BBC between 6 January 1976 and 6 November 1984. The show's plot centred on the antics of a number of ghosts who worked for a firm called Rentaghost, which rented out the ghosts for various tasks.
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Only two of the players have lived up to that early promise. The rest are working, but still waiting for the big break.
IT’S been three years since the runaway hit “Rent” opened on Broadway with a cast of talented and energetic unknowns, many of whom seemed marked for stardom.
And where are they now? Two have found fame, but the rest are still waiting for that big break.
The most successful “Rent” alum is Taye Diggs, who played Benjamin Coffin 3rd, the yuppie landlord who evicts his bohemian friends from their Lower East Side tenament.
Since leaving the show in 1997, Diggs, 28, has become a rising movie star. He showered with Angela Bassett in the hit 1998 movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and this week opens in “The Wood,” playing a groom with a bad case of prenuptial jitters.
The film, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, is set in the middle-class black neighborhood of Ingelwood, Calif., and features some of the best hip-hop songs from the 1980s.
Diggs also appeared in “Go” and has leading roles in two upcoming movies, “The House on Haunted Hill” and “The Best Man.”
The actor has buffed up since his “Rent” days and recently was named one of the “Sexiest People Alive” by People magazine.
Another “Rent” actor rocketing to the top is Jesse L. Martin.
The 30-year-old black actor appeared in the short-lived TV series “413 Hope Street” before playing Calista Flockhart’s boyfriend, Dr. Gregory Butters, in “Ally McBeal.”
This fall Martin gets his big break, joining “Law & Order” as the replacement for Benajmin Bratt as a New York police detective.
It’s no surprise that Diggs and Martin have gone on to greater things since “Rent.” Both are handsome and charismatic actors with screen- friendly faces.
What is surprising is that Adam Pascal hasn’t lived up to his hype.
Pascal, the heartthrob blond who made teen-age girls squeal with delight as the HIV-positive rock singer Roger in “Rent,” appeared destined for greatness. He snagged a Tony nomination for his performance, then went on to star in the London production.
He seemed a natural for the movies, but so far his film career has failed to take off. His sole film credit is “SLC Punk,” in which he has a supporting role as a punk rocker from Salt Lake City. Despite decent reviews, the independent movie quickly disappeared from theaters.
Pascal’s career may get a much-needed shot in the arm this fall, however, when he stars in the revamped Disney musical “Aida.” Pascal will play the Egyptian officer Rademes. The show, which has a score by Etlton John and Tim Rice and is being directed by Robert Falls, opens in Chicago in November and heads to Broadway in the spring of 2000.
Anthony Rapp was a journeyman actor before landing the role of video artist Mark Cohen in “Rent,” and a journeyman actor he remains.
He left the New York cast of “Rent” to star in the London production and this past season played the title character in the flop revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Wilson Jermaine Heredia won a Tony as Angel, the gentle transvestite who dies of AIDS in “Rent,” but since then he has been absent from the New York stage.
He played Freddie Mercury in several workshops of a musical based on the rock group Queen, but that project seems to be in limbo. He also acted in regional theaters and currently is appearing in a new musical called “Quark Victory” at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
He can be seen in the upcoming Joel Schumacher movie, “Flawless.”
The film, which stars Robert De Niro, features another “Rent” alum, Daphne Rubin-Vega.
As sexpot Mimi, Rubin- Vega stopped the show every night when she practically made love to a railing while singing the erotically charged song “Out Tonight.”
Rubin-Vega, more a singer than an actress, left “Rent” to record a solo album called “Souvenir,” which will be released early next year, and appeared in the movie “Wild Things.” Rubin-Vega recently returned to “Rent,” playing Mimi in the national tour.
And whatever became of Idina Menzel? The singer worked the bar mitzvah circuit on Long Island before making her professional stage debut as the bisexual performance artist Maureen in “Rent.”
After leaving the show, Menzel went back to her singing career, this time with a recording contract in hand. Last year she released her first solo album, “Still I Can’t Be Still,” on Hollywood Records. It got good reviews, but struggled to find a following.
Undeterred, she is at work on another album, also for Hollywood Records, that will be released next year.