Neil Pye




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  • Lentils
  • Vegetable rights
  • Peace
  • Love
  • The word “heavy”
  • Music by Hawkwind or Marillion
  • Steve Hillage
  • His presence acknowledged


  • Technology (except television)
  • Abuse (from his housemates)
  • Sleep (because he thinks it causes cancer)
  • War
  • Making the tea (when expected by his housemates to do it)


  • Bastard (by Vyvyan)
  • Rubber Johnny (by Rick in Oil)

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Portrayed by

Nigel Planer

Neil Wheedon Watkins Pye is a clinically depressed, pacifist, vegetarian and environmentalist hippie working towards a Peace Studies degree. He is victimised by his housemates (including Rick and Vyvyan) and forced to do all the housework, including shopping, cleaning and cooking. He is never acknowledged for it unless something goes wrong.


Neil is pessimistic and believes everyone and everything hates him, although he does have two hippie friends, one also named Neil and another named Warlock. This actually makes him the second most sociable character behind Vyvyan. He dislikes most forms of technology, (except for television and video) and speaks out for vegetable rights and peace. He is also a chronic insomniac, believing that sleep causes cancer.

Neil wants the others to feel sorry for him or acknowledge his presence. His attention seeking ranges from banging himself on the head with a frying pan, being at the other flatmates’ beck and call all day long and repeatedly attempting suicide. He claims “the most interesting thing that ever happens to me is sneezing”, but when it happens it results in a big explosion.

In the pilot episode Demolition, Neil is shown to have suicidal tendencies, attempting to kill himself at least three times. However this was not carried through for the rest of the series with the exception of Sick, in which Mike reminds Neil that he has "always wanted to die."

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