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Love Thy Neighbour. Image shows from L to R: Eddie Booth (Jack Smethurst), Joan Booth (Kate Williams), Barbie Reynolds (Nina Baden-Semper), Bill Reynolds (Rudolph Walker). Copyright: Thames Television.

Love Thy Neighbour

Pro-white socialist Eddie Booth is disgusted when a black couple move in next door - but far worse than his skin colour, Bill Reynolds is Conservative

Off-topic post by chipolata on Thu 5th Mar 2020, 06:48
Quote: Billy Bunter @ 4th March 2020, 2:48 PM

In my experience, people who complain about PC do not do so because they lack empathy for any group of people supposedly affected as you imply; they do so because, more often than not, it has been initiated by a third party, often with an agenda of their own, on behalf of that group of people when the group in question has made no complaints whatsoever about the situation. Or it has been implemented by an authority merely in case they upset somebody. An example could be the re-naming of Christmas activities by certain bodies for fear of upsetting other religions.

This is a bad example because it's not true. It's based on something Birmingham City council did in the late nineties. They wanted to save money, and because putting decorations and lights up for the multitude of events that occur towards the end of the year (Christmas, Diwali, even Children in Need) they decided to group all the events together and call them Winterval. It was purely a money saving idea and had nothing whatsoever to do with 'not wanting to cause offence'. Of course, the tabloids got wind of it and twisted into their narrative about how the killjoy 'PC Brigade' were trying to ban Christmas.

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with a lot of the arguments people who trot out the phrase "PC Brigade" have, they're based on half-baked fictions peddled by tabloids, whose sales depend on them creating villains that they're readers can froth at the mouth about. Sadly, nobody really questions anything anymore, they just regurgitate the kind of guff they've been fed by newspapers for forty or fifty odd years.


Stuart Gibbon

  • Saturday 23rd May 2020, 9:49am
  • Windsor, United Kingdom
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Started watching this yesterday , done a bit of research online. The babies were introduced because both actresses became pregnant. Does anyone know if this is true? Interesting to find out as well that Bill's wife was married to a white vicar in real life. Both male actors have both come out and defended the series and my personal opinion of this series is that it's great comedy. Theres no constant racist attack throughout the episode and they are frequently seen drinking together and round each other's house. Any real racist conflict would not allow this .
There's no violence in this programme either



  • Saturday 23rd May 2020, 3:41pm
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Quote: Stuart Gibbon @ 23rd May 2020, 9:49 AM

Started watching this yesterday , done a bit of research online. The babies were introduced because both actresses became pregnant. Does anyone know if this is true?

Not sure, but seems quite plausible. That's often the reason for babies being written in!

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  • Monday 25th May 2020, 9:22pm
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Quote: paulted @ 3rd March 2020, 8:15 PM

This was on TV when i was about 7 years old. I remember my grown up relatives laughing hysterically at it. I watched it myself recently out of curiosity. If you ignore the obvious racist elements of the show, it fails badly as a comedy. The "gags" are rather laboured a la On The Buses. The acting of some of the club/bar crew is awful. I'm not looking down my nose at the show with PC hindsight, its just naff compared to other sitcoms of its era like Porridge, Likely Lads, Rising Damp, The Good Life, and Dad's Army. It's no coincidence that all these shows all had superior acting talent to Love Thy Neighbour.

The thing is apart from Rising Damp all the sitcoms you praise are BBC which generally were vastly superior.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Monday 25th May 2020, 9:34pm
  • Aldershot, England
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Yes you're not exactly comparing like with like Paul, you're comparing an average but popular at the time sitcom with some of the best British sitcoms ever made, still raking in viewers on TV over 40 years later - by definition, classics.