A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.
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Jack Smethurst ...
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 Bill Reynolds 55 episodes, 1972-1976
Nina Baden-Semper ...
 Barbie Reynolds / ... 55 episodes, 1972-1976
Kate Williams ...
Tommy Godfrey ...
Keith Marsh ...
Paul Luty ...
 Nobby Garside 33 episodes, 1973-1976
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A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.

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Despite being one of the most popular TV programmes at the time of it's original broadcast in the 1970s, it has seldom, if ever; been repeated on UK television due to many perceiving it as being politically incorrect, racist and racially stereotyping. See more »

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Spoofed in The Day Today: The First (1994) See more »

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Was it racist?

Remembering this as a kid, I seem to recall finding it very funny with strong characters and a memorable them tune. From an age when situation comedy was far funnier than its modern counterparts.

Listening to people talking about it today, you would think it was racist - the main complaint that you laughed with Eddie Booth rather than at him. However, i always remember his black neighbour coming out on top most of the time. So I'm not so sure it really did reinforce those stereotypes. At least it was a depiction of how some white working class people felt at the time.

Maybe it was a little over the top and certainly wouldn't be shown in our present PC times. But you've got to take it as a period piece. For me it was very memorable and at least broke one mould for me in having the first black actress I fancied in the shape of Nina- Bade Semper - She was gorgeous.

It would be interesting to see a couple of episodes again to see if it really was that offensive and perhaps to gauge how we have moved on as regards to race relations.


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