Love Thy Neighbour. Image shows from L to R: Eddie Booth (Jack Smethurst), Bill Reynolds (Rudolph Walker). Copyright: Thames Television.

Love Thy Neighbour

ITV sitcom about arguing neighbours. 54 episodes (8 series), 1972 - 1976. Stars Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, Kate Williams and others.

Series 8, Episode 3

Whilst planning for the annual Christmas Eve darts' match, Eddie and Bill challenge each other to a drinking contest. As Joan warns him, drunkenness always gives Eddie nightmares and it's not long before he's on a desert island...

Further details

The Booth household is busy preparing for Christmas. The Booth household, that is, minus Eddie, who is otherwise engaged with Christmas "spirit" - which means Joan must come alone.

But when wayward Eddie returns to his usual verbal chastisement, his punishment is increased by his dreams of Christmas Dinner in which he has pride of place - as the main course!


This episode is sometimes known as Christmas Spirit.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th December 1975
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jack Smethurst Eddie Booth
Rudolph Walker Bill Reynolds
Nina Baden-Semper Barbie Reynolds
Kate Williams Joan Booth
Tommy Godfrey Arthur
Keith Marsh Jacko
Paul Luty Nobby Garside
Writing team
Sid Colin Writer
Production team
Anthony Parker Director
Anthony Parker Producer
David Richens Production Designer