My Wife Next Door (1972–1973)
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The Nearness of You 

George decides to move out of town following his divorce from Suzy and wonders what his new neighbours will be like.

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Tim Barrett ...
Diana King ...
Suzy's Mother
Paddy Frost ...
Liz
Arthur Lovegrove ...
The Foreman
Brian Hayes ...
Solicitor's Clerk
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Philip Howard ...
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George decides to move out of town following his divorce from Suzy and wonders what his new neighbours will be like.

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19 September 1972 (UK)  »

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Divorce Thy Neighbour
16 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

George Bassett ( John Alderton ) celebrates his impending divorce from Suzy ( Hannah Gordon ) by throwing a wild party. He wakes the next morning on the sofa with a filthy hangover, and a moose's head for company.

Suzy leaves the court later that day in tears. George goes to speak to her, only to be nearly knocked down. He is so upset he cannot concentrate on his work either. At the suggestion of Liz, his secretary, he buys a house in the country. Unbeknowest to him, Suzy has been given the same idea by her overbearing mother ( Diana King ).

On moving in, George looks forward to meeting his new neighbour. It turns out to be Suzy...

The first episode of Richard Waring's short-lived but popular show about divorcées. This was John Alderton's first sitcom since 'Please Sir!' and you can see here he made an effort to change his appearance. With his long hair and moustache, he might have fallen off the 'Sergeant Pepper' album cover.

As I've noted elsewhere, Waring was a prolific writer of fluffy, middle-of-the-road sitcoms, shows that never raised a laugh but which nonetheless kept one smiling throughout. The performances of Alderton and Gordon are excellent, and top-notch supporting actors of the calibre of Tim Barrett and Diana King were on hand throughout.

We never find out just why the Bassetts divorced. George does seem to be more than a little two-faced - when he finds his ex-wife has a date lined up he loses his temper. I suspect he has not been living like a monk since the break-up. An 'Atlantic Treaty' is duly drawn up to stop the couple treading on each others' toes, which George has no intention of sticking to.

Funniest moment - George visiting his new neighbour to borrow a cup of sugar ( which he does not need ) and finding Suzy heading his way, also carrying an empty sugar bowl.

Like I said, not screamingly funny, but worth a go.


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