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Love Thy Neighbour 

A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.
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7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1976   1975   1974   1973   1972  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jack Smethurst Jack Smethurst ...  Eddie Booth 55 episodes, 1972-1976
Rudolph Walker ...  Bill Reynolds 55 episodes, 1972-1976
Nina Baden-Semper Nina Baden-Semper ...  Barbie Reynolds / ... 55 episodes, 1972-1976
Kate Williams Kate Williams ...  Joan Booth 54 episodes, 1972-1976
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ...  Arthur 48 episodes, 1972-1976
Keith Marsh Keith Marsh ...  Jacko 48 episodes, 1972-1976
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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Comedy

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Gwendolyn Watts played Joan Booth in the pilot, but was replaced by Kate Williams for the series proper. See more »

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Referenced in Time Trumpet: Episode #1.6 (2006) See more »

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It's not that he's black, he's a tory!
25 July 2004 | by kliq316See all my reviews

A controversial, yet classic sitcom from the 70's. Based around the lives of Eddie (the proud British unionist), his wife Joan, Bill (the proud black ethnic tory)and his lovely wife Barbie. Often stereotyped by those who have never really watched the series as 'racist', Love Thy Neighbour was far removed from such a stereotype. Looking at the lighter side of the attitudes at the time, Eddie's and Bill's disagreements were perfectly balanced with friendship (who could forget the episode when Eddie drags Bill out on the town?!).

Eddie and Bill's characters are presented as equals, and both have different views on life (whether it'd be labour, tory, or black power!) but more often than not, when they argue and bicker, both come out looking as bad as each other.

Anybody faulting Love Thy Neigbhour for it's views should take a closer look at the series first. A show that positioned Bill (Rudolph Walker) in such a prominant powerful role, and presented him as such a strong upstanding character was way ahead of it's time (when other shows were still presenting ethnic minorities as 'comedy' characters).


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bemin de buren See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Runtime:

(54 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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