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Rita Webb's appearances on "The ARTHUR HAYNES SHOW"


Rita Webb appeared in at least 30 episodes of The Arthur Haynes Show, her first appearance on the show seems to be the 23rd February 1963 edition, appearing for the first time as a soon to be familiar landlady, Rita gets a short walk on part as Mrs Briggs who interrupts a seance between Arthur, Dermott Kelly & Patricia Hayes. She was mostly used in the Arthur and Dermott tramp sketches as ther landlady, but also popped up as a French waitress, Nanny, Nurse and a singer at a local fete! she played Dermott's wife in several episodes too. It could be said that Rita Webb's real claim to fame came along as a result of working with Arthur in this series, she certainly never forgot him.. Thankfully most, if not all the episodes Rita featured in have survived and most of them have been released on DVD by Netwokonair across seven volumes (Rita's appearances are on volmues four-seven and are well worth a look!)
***PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE UPDATED WHEN I HAVE TIME****
01.SEANCE-23/02/63
Rita Webb's first appearance on 'The Arthur Haynes Show' is in the final sketch of the episode, appearing briefly towards the end of a fake seance scene between Arthur Haynes and Dermott Kelly as their rougish tramp characters, accompanied by Patricia Hayes as their landlady Mrs Higgins who pays five Bob for Dermott to contact her deceast lodger Bill Smith from the other side. Dermott goes into a trance and asks “if you are there Bill Smith knock once” with that 3 knocks are heard and all three characters look around the room., confused Dermott tells Arthur to get the knocking right and much banter between the two begins until Rita’s voice is heard off screen."Can you hear me? hello? can you hear me?" confused Dermot asks if it is Bill Smith and Rita opens the door and says."Nah its me, Mrs Briggs from downstairs, I thought Mrs Higgins would lend me a cup of sugar" Arthur impatiently responds, "Look Mrs we’re in the middle of something and shuffles her to the door, as she leaves he closes it and shouts out "You old Rat bag" the scene continues until the real Bill Smith turns up, alive and well and living in the loft for three months to avoid paying the rent

Episode available to buy on DVD from Networkonair (Volume Four)


9th MARCH 1963

02. COURT CASE-09/03/63
Rita plays Mrs Briggs, who is appearing in the witness stand complaining against the noise her upstaris neighbours make (Arthur and Dermott) Nicholas Parsons plays the Judge and Leslie Noyes is the Clerk in this 12 minute sketch for the final part of episode.

Episode available to buy on DVD from Networkonair (Volume Four) D2 EP14
 



03. VOTING-13/04/63
Nicholas Parsons vists the houshold of Dermott & Arthur for their Vote, Rita plays landlady Mrs Briggs apposed to Irish being in the country

25th January 1964

04. STUCK IN THE WINDOW-25/01/64
Rita is cleaning her windows
 
1st Febuary 1964
05. POSH DATE-01/02/64
Arthur
 

15th Febuary 1964
06. BANK-15/02/64
Rita is at the counter
 

07. TOWER OF LONDON-22/02/64
Arthur and Dermott

7TH MARCH 1964
08. FRENCH WAITRESS-07/03/64
Nicholas Parsons is having some guests around
 


09. LAUNDRETTE-21/03/64
Arthur and Dermott

10. CHURCH PARTY-28/03/64
Nicholas Parsons plays the Vicar


11. POSH SUPPER CLUB-10/10/64
Arthur and Dermott



12. GORILLAS-17/10/64


13. DOGS-31/10/64


14. BEACH AT CANNES-14/11/64


15. PARK NANNY-12/12/64


19/12/64

Rita Webb does not appear in any survivng segment for the The Network release edition, the show also has Acker Bilk NOT Joe Brown as was listed for that date in the TVTimes, Also note the mispelling Of Patricia Hayes surname (did she marry Arthur!) So either Rita's part was cut at some point, or the TVTimes listed her name in error...


26th December 1964
17. BOXER-26/12/64  


18. ANNUAL BALL-02/01/65


SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM-06/06/65
Arthur and Dermott


19. BUS-20/11/65


20. GOLF COURSE PICNIC-04/12/65


21. PSYCHIATRISTS DREAM-11/12/65


22. JOB INTERVIEW-18/12/65


23. SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE/SUPPER CLUB WAITER & WAITRESS-25/12/65


24. DUSTBIN MEN-01/01/66


25. FILMING-08/01/65

26. NEW TENNANTS-15/01/65

27. TRAIN EXCURSION-09/04/66


28. PLASTIC SURGERY/IRISH SON-16/04/66


29. CASUALTY/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE-23/04/66



30. ZOO-30/04/66


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