Rentaghost TV Show
“If your mansion house needs haunting just call…”
Rentaghost broadcast duration: 6th January 1976 – 6th November 1984.
The company, located in South Ealing, is run by Fred Mumford, a recently deceased loser who feels he can find work for ghosts whose lives were as failed as his. His first (and only) recruits are Timothy Claypole, a mischievous jester with a comical lack of knowledge about modern technology; and Hubert Davenport, a delicate Victorian-era gentleman who is morally shocked by the modern world. The ghosts work from an office, which they rent from Harold Meaker, who discovers the truth about them in the third episode.
Over the course of several series, other characters were added: Hazel the McWitch, a Scottish witch; Nadia Popov, a Dutch ghost who suffers from hay fever and teleports away when she sneezes; and the pantomime horse Dobbin, who first appears in a one-off Christmas special called “Rentasanta” and is brought to life by Claypole, who is unable to cancel the spell afterwards – thus allowing Dobbin to remain in the show for the rest of the run.
Rentaghost Random Fact: Michael Staniforth, who played the spooky jester Mr. Claypole, was quite multi-talented. So much so in fact, that he was responsible for writing both the theme song and the lyrics.BRING BACK MEMORIES?
If you’re longing for a trip down memory lane, why not treat yourself to a few Rentaghost goodies!..