Rentaghost - Netflix
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...
Runtime: 25 minutes
Rentaghost - Ann Emery - Netflix
Ann Emery (12 March 1930 – 28 September 2016) was a British actress. She was the half-sister of actor and comedian Dick Emery. Educated at Mrs Smith's School for Young Ladies and the Cone Ripman School, she excelled in tap dancing, which led to her first stage role as a Babe in Babes In The Wood at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith. During her career she performed in various theatre roles, including Sir Trevor Nunn's production of My Fair Lady (Royal National Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). She originated the role of Grandma in Billy Elliot the Musical which she played from 2005–10. Reviewing the musical in The Guardian, Michael Billington noted, “... when Ann Emery, as Billy's gran, sings of her sour memories of her husband, we get on the other side of the stage a collective demonstration of the slow movements of the inebriated working-class male. It is the kind of effect that can only be achieved in a musical.” Following her appearance in Betty Blue Eyes, Emery returned to the role of Grandma which she played until 8 November 2014, when she retired, aged 84. Emery is possibly best known for playing Ethel Meaker in the BBC children's television programme Rentaghost. She played Ethel Rocket in Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde in 1995 and appeared in the 2007 film Wednesday. In 1992, she had appeared in the national tour of the Kander and Ebb musical 70 Girls 70 with Dora Bryan. In 1999, she played a cleaner in the first episode of Miami 7, the first series featuring the pop group S Club 7, in which she appeared attempting to dance to one of the group's songs as they rehearsed in the opening scene. She played “Mother Dear” in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's West End musical comedy Betty Blue Eyes, based on the 1984 film A Private Function by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray. Betty Blue Eyes ran at the Novello Theatre from April to September 2011.
Rentaghost - Death - Netflix
Emery died on 28 September 2016, aged 86.
Rentaghost - References - Netflix