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

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Series 3, Episode 1 - Old Before My Time

The comic misadventures of poor snobs the Garveys, and their well-to-do in-law next-door-neighbours, the Butts.


This episode no longer exists in the archives. It is missing, believed wiped.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 30th January 1968
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Reg Varney Harry Butt
Pat Coombs Lana Butt
June Whitfield Rose Garvey
Desmond Walter Ellis (as Desmond Walter-Ellis) Gerald Garvey
Guest cast
Rosemary Faith Deirdre Garvey
Robert Gillespie Dr. Shand
Robert Webber Dr. Pollock
Mike Lucas Curly
Eric Francis The Boilerman
Barney Gilbraith Factory Worker
Bill Maxam Factory Worker
Peter Thompson Factory Worker
John Caesar Factory Worker
Writing team
Ken Hoare Writer
Mike Sharland Writer
Production team
Eric Fawcett Producer
Alan Roper Composer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
Oliver Bayldon Production Designer

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