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Landlord of the run-down bedsit in an undefined town. In his late forties, separated (wife lives in Cleethorpes), and no children. Has a criminal brother, Ron, in Accrington. Apparently fought in the North Africa campaign in World War II, and got married when he returned. Lusts after tenant Ruth Jones, though she only has eyes for fellow tenant Philip (and anyone other than Rigsby). He refuses to allow girlfriends or boyfriends to visit his tenants, probably more out of frustration and jealousy than anything else. He likes to tell 'tall stories' about his poor childhood, sporting prowess etc. He refuses to believe in privacy, entering tenants' rooms without knocking. Lives in the downstairs flat with only his cat Vienna for company. He has a strong dislike to children and black people - a view that changes with time. He has opinions on most things, and mostly against-the-grain of commonly-held opinion, but is also gullible and easily swayed. He is thrifty to the point of stinginess, but cuts a sad, lonely figure in the house.
Administration officer at the local college. A spinster in her mid-thirties, she lusts after Philip and rebutts Rigsby's continual advances. Had almost been married - the groom ran off with all the presents. Eventually falls in love with the librarian Desmond, but it doesn't work out and she returns in Series Four. She agrees to marry Rigsby but has a change of heart on the wedding day.
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