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Love Thy Neighbour - The Complete Series: 8dvd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2014
Back in the early 70s, racial tension was endemic to the cities of England, nowhere more so than London. Increasing immigration led to fears based on a misunderstanding and a suspicion of West Indian newcomers, fed by ignorance. 'Love Thy Neighbour' was an attempt to bring this into focus and to teach the English that a black man's skin is no more offensive than his politics. To stress this, Bill moves next door to Eddie Booth, a staunch supporter of Harold Wilson and a self-opinionated bigot - but Bill is little better, a Jamaican with a distrust of 'honkys' and with chips on both shoulders (he is also a Tory). The prickly subject is addressed by humour although in 2014 the scripts come across as offensive to many people. A major problem is that Eddie is not as credible as Alf Garnett and the scripts are poor but Powell made a conscious effort to put racism into context and to teach the public that blind prejudice is both ridiculous and disdainful. Booth always comes off worse and the man of bigotry is held up as a figure of stupidity. It was a worthwhile effort to face a major problem and to educate the uninformed masses, but it is now dated and much-maligned; coming full circle, this attack against racism is now viewed as the ultimate in racism. Smethurst (Booth) put it best when he commented: 'it was a series made in the seventies for people of the seventies - and it should stay in the seventies.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
OK , so this is not PC these days - but it is VERY funny and Bill (Eddie's Jamaican Neighbour) usually gets the upper hand anyway! This comes from an era when we could laugh at ourselves however and appreciate just how ridiculous we could be. A bygone age! The language though would cause some disapproval in today's world and may even offend, so just be aware.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2015
My husband couldn't belive I'd managed to get 'love thy neighbour' dvds although we were children when it was on TV, we both remember it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
Brings back a lot of memories from the 70's. Very funny.
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on 30 October 2014
Arrived in no time. Still makes me laugh, great comedy.
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on 12 December 2014
Definately a funny series at the time it was made.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
This is classic comedy. Got if for my hubby. I remember it from when I was at school (a while ago!!). How they got away with it I dont know.
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on 25 July 2014
Nice item - received quicky, thank you
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on 21 July 2015
Great purchase and quick delivery!
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on 22 November 2014
Great un PC humour from the 70's
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