Love Thy Neighbour - References in Popular Culture

References in Popular Culture

Bill Bryson, in his book Notes From A Small Island about his travels around the UK in the 1970s, says he once found himself watching something on TV that appeared to be "My Neighbour Is A Darkie". The show was spoofed on The Day Today as "Them Next Door", with the white neighbours deliberately mishearing everything their Indian-British neighbour said and in some way physically hurting them as a result. Stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos regularly refers to Love Thy Neighbour in his routines, focusing particularly on how it changed white people's perceptions of him and his family.

During the film version of Man About the House, Smethurst and Walker appeared as themselves, sitting in the Thames Television bar. The assumption was that they were taking a break from recording the TV series. When George Roper saw them, he had a flash of recognition and said, "Hey, that's the nig-nog!" Smethurst rebuked him, "Don't talk to my friend like that."

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