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

Beggar My Neighbour

BBC One sitcom about a family. 23 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 1966 - 1968. Stars Peter Jones, Desmond Walter Ellis, June Whitfield, Reg Varney and Pat Coombs.

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

Beggar My Neighbour

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

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

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.

Production Details

Part of

Comedy Playhouse

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

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

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