Love Thy Neighbour: Season 6, Episode 3

The Protection of the Law (1 May 1975)

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Episode credited cast:
Jack Smethurst ...
Rudolph Walker ...
Nina Baden-Semper ...
Kate Williams ...
Tommy Godfrey ...
Keith Marsh ...
Paul Luty ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loftus Burton ...
Steve Ismay ...
Robin Parkinson ...
Mr. Simpson
Frank Singuineau ...
President of Club


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War of the clubs!
19 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A very good episode this, written by Jon Watkins, who adapted the U.S. sitcom 'Good Times' For British audiences as 'The Fosters' ( soon to be released on D.V.D., incidentally ).

Eddie remonstrates with his neighbour for doing overtime at the factory, in clear breach of union rules. Bill, who has as much respect for unions as Eddie does for blacks, tells him what to do with his union rules. At the club, they fall out again, and Bill storms out, vowing never to return. He goes to the ( oft-mentioned but until now never seen ) Caribbean Club. When Eddie hears that they have a buxom stripper called 'Tobago Tessie' there, he goes along to see for himself

  • with Arthur and Jacko in tow - but Bill throws him out. Without so

much as a blush of shame, Eddie reports his neighbour to the Race Relations Board...

It had to happen. Despite his frequent and very vocal abuse of black people, as soon as Eddie himself is ( so he thinks ) the victim of discrimination, he goes crying to the authorities. Bill does himself no favours by using racist language in the presence of Mr.Simpson ( Robin Parkinson ) of the Race Relations Board. His arguments for not allowing Eddie in the club are identical to the ones Eddie himself uses to justify his racism! Arthur and Jacko are allowed in though. Eddie using the 1965 Race Relations Act as a means to enter the Caribbean Club is amusing to watch, especially as Bill points out it was created to stop bigots such as Booth!

Funniest moment - Eddie turfed out by the club's President. The smile disappears off Bill's face when he is barred for life too! United by a common cause, the neighbours steal a crate of brown ale and head back to the Social Club.

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