step back in time and remember when political correctness was considered
outrageous and comedy had no boundaries. Love Thy Neighbour the complete first
season is the latest addition to the best of British that introduced the most
politically incorrect "friendship" between trade unionist Eddie Booth (Jack
Smethurst) and Tory supporter Bill Reynolds (Rudolf Walker). Easily one of the
most controversial sitcoms in British TV, Love Thy Neighbour broke all rules
of racism and was originally intended to bridge the barriers between whites
comedy (although now considered politically incorrect) had me in stitches at
the way the two main characters interacted and shouted racist remarks at each
other like "snowflake" and "jungle bunny". The main theme behind the entire
season of Love Thy Neighbour was that if the two could shy away from their
racist comments, the world would be a much better place to live in. Much of
the comedy was based between the two houses of the Booths and Reynolds but
when they ventured down to the local pub "I'll have arf", the racist comedy
still continued between these two "best friends". Even though the comedy is a
little dated, it still holds up to today's standards and will have you in
stitches from laughter.
video quality of Love Thy Neighbour looks a little inferior on today's
television sets but considering how old the series is (1972), it is still
quite watchable. It should be noted that the series was made for free to air
television in Britain, which is why the picture quality may look a little
rustic at the best of times. The sound quality of the DVD uses Dolby Digital
1.0 Mono so don't expect any amazing sound effects or music to come out of
your entertainment system. Don't get me wrong, the quality is quite acceptable
and this was the best that they had in those days.
DVD is also littered with extras that contains the never before seen pilot, various
hilarious broadcast ad caps, production notes and various other entertaining titbits. Love thy Neighbour isn't for everyone but you have a soft spot for
the old days or wish to view a DVD for the "kitsch" value, then this is the
DVD for you.
Trade unionist Eddie Booth's world is turned shattered when West Indian
Tory supporter Bill Reynolds moves in next door.
A difference of opinion over dancing prowess leads Eddie & Bill to a limbo
Eddie launches a campaign in an attempt to drive Bill from the
neighbourhood - but will it backfire?
When Eddie & Bill go on strike over a new machine at work, Joan & Barbie
form a stop work of their own.
Joan & Barbie put their husbands to the test by asking two of their
friends to chat up Eddie & Bill.
To prove there is no discrimination against Bill, Eddie goes undercover at
a London club.
Eddie becomes inflamed when he sees Joan in the arms of Bill on his couch.
- Original Pilot
Episode - Never Before Seen
- Original Broadcast Ad Caps
- Original "salute To Thames" Openings
- Production Notes
- Photo Gallery
- Scene Index
- Motion Menu
- Umbrella Propaganda