Eric Chappell is dead: Creator of Rising Damp and Home to Roost dies as stars pay tribute

Television writer Eric Chappell, the mastermind behind sitcoms Rising Damp and Home to Roost, has died at the age of 88


Television writer Eric Chappell has died at the age of 88.

The talented writer is behind the hit sitcoms Rising Damp – which won a BAFTA in 1978 – and Home to Roost.

News of his death was confirmed by Home to Roost star Reece Dinsdale, who tweeted: “Just heard that Eric Chappell, the writer of Home to Roost, Rising Damp and many other shows passed away on Thursday.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, sir. It was a real pleasure playing your scripts. Great times!

“My love and deepest sympathy to his friends and family. RIP Eric.”

Eric was famous for writing shows like Rising Damp



Fans were quick to pay tribute to him too, with many saying Rising Damp is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

One tweeted: “RIP Eric Chappell, writer of one of THE great sitcoms, Rising Damp. The four main characters were each fleshed out with a laser insight into the human mind and an intense understanding of the inherent drama and comedy of the vernacular. Thank you Eric, thank you very much.”

Another said: “Sad to hear that Eric Chappell has left us. One of the real talents of ITV comedy of the 70’s and 80’s. My favorites are Rising Damp (Oil in the Pennines – pure genius), Singles and Duty Free. But there were many others. RIP Eric and thanks for the laughs.”

“Tonight I’m going to raise a glass to a genius. Rest in peace Eric Chappell and thank you very, very much,” added a third.

Eric won a BAFTA for Rising Damp in 1978


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Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1933, Eric worked for the East Midlands Electricity Board for 22 years before becoming a writer.

He initially tried to establish himself as an author, but had several novels that were rejected by publishers.

This led to his decision to become a playwright, which he turned out to be very good at.

Television writer Eric Chappell passed away on Thursday

His first play, The Banana Box, debuted at the Hampstead Theater Club in 1970 before moving to the West End.

It was then adapted for television to become Rising Damp, which was broadcast on ITV for four series between 1974 and 1978.

The popular sitcom starring Leonard Rossiter and Frances de la Tour even earned Eric a BAFTA in 1978.

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