Rita in a scene from Loneliness-1958

"War on Crime - Burn The Evidence" was Rita Webb's TV debut going out live on Monday 7th August 1950 at 8:45pm. Rita played the part of a Landlady in one brief scene. Her second TV appearance came a year later when she was cast as Mrs Bruce in "Casualty Ward" Rita clearly enjoyed the whole experience of working on TV and wrote to the producer Robert Barr "I love television, it's so exciting, if you could have seen me behind the flats' emoting all over the place, getting in the 'mood' before I came on, & trying to pretend that was really my husband on the trolley; Especially as my own husband is tall & rather handsome, so you see my best bit of acting was pretending the 'bloke' on the trolley was really my 'old man'! Still I enjoyed it all thoroughly, & working for you is always a pleasure" A critic wrote of Rita's part in "I made News" "I would not have missed Rita Webb's delightful character cameo, which gave an all too brief sparkle to the half hour"

"Dixon of Dock Green" was another show she featured on several times the first in 1955, playing Mrs Cartwright in 'Dock Green Desperados' complaining about the neighbours "I'm sick and tired of it, I turn my back one minute they're back the next. And you're never there when you're wanted. They see you coming and naturally, off they run. And now this dog. All over the garden. I know it's not much, but I try to take pride in it - and this blessed dog tears all round, breaking the plants, digging holes...it's wicked...I told my husband - if the police don't do anything this time I shall write to our M.P. yes, I've got the name the dog was with a boy named Bishop...dirty little street-rake if ever I saw one...lives in Tippets street...these people they keep dogs they can't afford...I don't suppose they've thought of buying a license...and all over my garden...all over it...this place is getting worse every year...every year...if my husband didn't work here we'd move out tomorrow, Bishop was the name, bishop, I wrote it down to make sure"

Another "Dixon Of Dock Green" featured Rita the following year, playing the same character in an episode called 'The Hero' in 3 short inserted scenes on the telephone, "it's an absolute scandal, I’ve phoned the station five times in the last fortnight and nothing, absolutely nothing is done, goodness knows we pay out enough in rates but when we want some service we get fobbed off with one excuse or another, unless something is done about these wretched dogs, I warn you"....the next scene is shot in the hall of her house as she rings a friend to spread the gossip "Ethel is that you? I thought I ought to warn you, is your little girl home safe? Well, my dear it's this black man, haven't you heard? I got it direct from a woman, her little girl was walking home and..." the scene cuts to another and then back again to Rita, still on the phone "It's obvious the man is a maniac, the police? my dear, don't make me laugh, goodness knows, I can never find a policeman when I want one, my garden is absolutely ruined and they do nothing but talk, I don't know what they do with their time. Yes of course, you ring your friend and tell her, she ought to be put on her guard...that's right...he was tall, well over six foot, with great rippling muscles, black face, great bulging eyes, warn her the man's a desperado...Yes dear...oh I felt it was my duty, bye dear" 

Rita appeared in a TV production of "A Christmas Carol", as Scrooge (Basil Rathbone) looks through the window Rita is speaking with the pawn shop owner he says-"You mean to say, you took his bed curtains down to pawn, with his body lying there?" Rita dressed in rags and sitting down replies "Why not, if the old miser wanted ter keep his curtains after he was dead, why wasn't he more natural in his lifetime? If he had've been he might've had someone to look after him when he was struck by death. Instead of lying there gasping out his last breath all alone by himself"

​A scene from "Scrooge" 1958 

" Rita's portrayal in the BBC's "Common Room" was noted by critic Phillip Purser "THIS COOK TO GOOD TO WASTE" "Massive, sly, vaguely socialist, Mrs Charnley, the school cook, loomed like the rock of Gibraltar over the first of Leo Lehman's new series, as played by Rita Webb this is easily the most monolithic character television has thrown up lately. The scene in which the headmaster, William Devlin implanted the notion that if only she would try to like the teachers, they would like her, was exquisitely done, slowly the great square face relented, then light of battle died in the little gimlet eyes, and sweet reasonableness stole in. Lehman knows his little enclosed school world so well, and sets it down in such expert little scenes, that one excuses him his invariably sunny ending. Welcome back to a jolly good series. But will Mrs Charneley bulk so large in succeeding episodes? presumably not. In which case she should be instantly leased to Jimmy Edwards Chiselbury school. She is too good to waste" Peter Black wrote in the Daily Mail "The cook Mrs Charneley had a powerful bias against school teachers as instruments of power and gave them of her worst, Mrs Hammer led the faction that tried to depose her, but was sabotaged by the headmaster, who was being well fed by Mrs Charneley on the quiet, and wished her to stay, I am bound to say that Rita Webb as fearful cook, the hostile dispenser of mince and wet cabbage, dominated this episode so much that it hard to imagine the rest of the series without her". By the end of the 1950's Rita Webb was well on her way to becoming "The Best known-unknown in the business"

Rita gets a quick one-liner in Interpol Calling - 1959

50's TV LISTINGS

The Three Hostages: Fields Of Eden -19.07.52, BBC, as Shopkeeper (Jewess)

War On Crime: No5-Burn The Evidence

07.08.50, BBC as Landlady

Casualty Ward: To Save A Life

25.06.51, BBC, as Mrs Bruce

I Made News: Phantom Millions

16.11.51, BBC, as Landlady

Kaleidoscope: No: 12 

28.03.52, BBC, Sketch

Dangerous Drugs-07.04.52, BBC,

as Mrs Jones

The Rising Twenties: 3: Sales Girl-23.05.52, BBC, as Customer 2, 10 & 12

The Dybbuk-21.10.52, BBC

as An Old woman (Mother)

The Pattern Of Marriage: For Better Or For Worse-22.05.53, BBC, as Mrs White

BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Crime and Punishment-29.11.53, BBC as Macha

BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Crime and Punishment-03.12.53, BBC as Macha

In The Bag-31.07.54, BBC , as Mrs Bott

Can I Have A Lawyer-13.09.54, BBC

as Old Woman

Emney Enterprises-01.12.54, BBC

Sketch

Dixon Of Dock Green: The Dock Green Desperado -30.07.55, BBC, as Mrs Cartwright

Fred Emney Enterprise-02.09.55, BBC Sketch

Our Marie (The Story Of Marie Lloyd, Queen Of Comedy)-

21.12.55,BBC

My Wife's Sister-11.12.56 , Granada

The Count Of Monte Cristo: The Island-06.08.56, ATV, as The Fisherwoman

Fred Emney Enterprise-16.02.56, BBC Sketch

Fred Emney Enterprise-16.06.56?, NO LISTING IN RTBBC Sketch

Dixon Of Dock Green: The Hero-16.06.56, BBC, as Mrs Cartwright 

Busman's Honeymoon-03.10.57, BBC as Mrs Ruddle, 

The Dicky Valentine Show-1957, ARTV 

The Tommy Cooper Show-1957, ARTV

The Hands-11.04.57, BBC, as Landlady

Variety Time-06.06.57, BBC

Sing For Your Supper-25.06.57, BBC

The Cruelty Man-20.06.57, BBC as Miss Pugh

The Alan Young Show-1957

Variety Incorporated-04.07.57, BBC

Big City-1950's, ARTV (after 1953 before 1958)

Television World Theatre: The Cherry Orchard-05/01/58, BBC 

The Ted Ray Show-25.01.58, BBC

Loneliness-01.04.58, BBC, Mrs Gravely

A Date At Eight-09.08.58, BBC

Emergency Ward 10-05.09.58 

BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Gracie-12.10.58, BBC, as George's Wife

BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Lower Depths-16.11.58, BBC, as Keshays

Call Me A Liar-22.04.58, BBC, as Landlady

Television Playhouse: Cornelius-18.07.58, as Mrs Robert, Granada

Fredric March PresentsTales From Dickens: A Christmas Carol-1958, as Charwoman. Towers Of London 

Body Found-26.02.59, BBC, as Mrs Parker

The Two Charleys: Ay, Ay, Campers-06.05.59, BBC

The Common Room: Cabbage and Caviar-20.5.59, BBC, as Mrs Charnley

The Common Room: Future Inperfect-12.8.59, BBC as Mrs Charnley



Break In Festivities-

29.12.59, BBC, as Mrs Wells

The Men From Room Thirteen: The Man Who Made Keys:Part 2-23.11.59, BBC as Mrs Melrose

The Charlie Drake Show: An Affair Of The Heart-02.12.59, BBC

Interpol Calling-1959, ATV/Rank 

War On Crime: No5-Burn The Evidence    7    AUG    1950    Landlady
Casualty Ward: To Save A Life    25    JUN    1951    Mrs Bruce
I Made News: Phantom Millions     16    NOV    1951    Landlady
Kaleidoscope: No: 12        28    MAR    1952    Sketch
Dangerous Drugs        7    APR    1952    Mrs Jones
The Rising Twenties: 3: Sales Girl        23    MAY    1952    Customer 2, 10 & 12
The Three Hostages: Fields Of Eden        19    JUL    1952    Shopkeeper (Jewess)
The Dybbuk        21    OCT    1952    An Old woman (Mother)
The Pattern Of Marriage: For Better Or For Worse        22    MAY    1953    Mrs White
BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Crime and Punishment        29    NOV    1953    Macha
BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Crime and Punishment        3    DEC    1953    Macha
Give Them A Ring (In The Bag )        31    JUL    1954    Mrs Bott
Can I Have A Lawyer        13    SEP    1954    Old Woman
Emney Enterprises        20    OCT    1954    IMDB listing
Emney Enterprises        1    DEC    1954    Sketch
Dixon Of Dock Green: The Dock Green Desperado        30    JUL    1955    Mrs Cartwright
Emney Enterprise (Special)        2    SEP    1955    Sketch
Our Marie (The Story Of Marie Lloyd, Queen Of Comedy)        21    DEC    1955    
My Wife's Sister        11    DEC    1956    
Emney Enterprise        16    FEB    1956    Sketch
Emney Enterprise        16    JUN    1956    Sketch
Dixon Of Dock Green: The Hero        16    JUN    1956    Mrs Cartwright
The Count Of Monte Cristo: The Island        6    AUG    1956    The Fisherwoman
Emney Enterprise        16    DEC    1956    Sketch
The Dicky Valentine Show                1957    
The Tommy Cooper Show                1957    
The Hands        11    APR    1957    Landlady
Variety Time-06.06.57, BBC                1957    
The Cruelty Man-20.06.57, BBC as Miss Pugh                1957    
Sing For Your Supper-25.06.57, BBC                1957    
Variety Incorporated-04.07.57, BBC                1957    
Busman's Honeymoon        3    OCT    1957    Mrs Ruddle
Big City                1958    
Television World Theatre: The Cherry Orchard        5    JAN    1958    
The Ted Ray Show        25    JAN    1958    
Loneliness        1    APR    1958    Mrs Gravely
Call Me A Liar        22    APR    1958    Landlady
A Date At Eight        9    AUG    1958    
Television Playhouse: Cornelius        18    JUL    1958    Mrs Robert
Emergency Ward 10        5    SEP    1958    
BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Gracie        12    OCT    1958    George's Wife
BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Lower Depths        16    NOV    1958    Keshays
Body Found        26    FEB    1959    Mrs Parker
The Two Charleys: Ay, Ay, Campers        6    MAY    1959    
The Common Room: Cabbage and Caviar        20    MAY    1959    Mrs Charnley
The Common Room: Future Inperfect        12    AUG    1959    Mrs Charnley
The Men From Room Thirteen: The Man Who Made Keys:Part 2         23    NOV    1959    Mrs Melrose
Interpol Calling: Private View        1    NOV    1959    
The Charlie Drake Show: An Affair Of The Heart        2    DEC    1959    
Fredric March PresentsTales From Dickens: A Christmas Carol        27    DEC    1959    Charwoman
Break In Festivities        29    DEC    1959    Mrs Wells