Beggar My Neighbour. Image shows from L to R: Gerald Garvey (Peter Jones), Rose Garvey (June Whitfield). Copyright: BBC
Beggar My Neighbour

Beggar My Neighbour

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1966 - 1968
  • 23 episodes (3 series)

Comedy of familial relations. Gerald is a poor snob, whilst his next door neighbours - his wife's sister and her husband - are well-off working class. Stars Reg Varney, Pat Coombs, June Whitfield, Peter Jones and Desmond Walter Ellis

Beggar My Neighbour. Image shows from L to R: Harry Butt (Reg Varney), Lana Butt (Pat Coombs). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1966 - 1968
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
23 (1 pilot + 3 series), plus 1 short special
Stars
Reg Varney, Pat Coombs, June Whitfield, Peter Jones and Desmond Walter Ellis
Writers
Ken Hoare and Mike Sharland
Director
David Croft
Producers
David Croft and Eric Fawcett
Companies

Rose and Lana are sisters, both married and living next door to each other in Lankworthy Road, Muswell Hill - a London suburb. Gerald Garvey is an underpaid, middle-class executive who has a snobbish attitude, but he and Rose don't have the income to back it up. Harry Butt, on the other hand, is an affluent, working-class fitter, and he and Lana never miss the chance to show off their luxury goods and lifestyle in front of their poorer relatives.

Additional details

Part of

Comedy Playhouse

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Black and white

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 24th May 1966 at 7:30pm on BBC One
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 26th March 1968 at 7:30pm on BBC One

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