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THE GOOD LIFE
Written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, 'The Good Life' was an often derided sitcom. It was "too cosy" its critics would argue, but its enduring popularity is a two-fingered salute to those critics. Anyway, for vegetarians like me, it didn't seem that cosy at all, with the thought of pigs and chickens being slaughtered! But, Tom and Barbara were too steeped in town cosiness to go the whole hog, so to speak...
The series was helped by its
superb cast, with Richard Briers playing Tom Good, a middle-aged
man looking to escape the rat race, via self-sufficiency in
Surbiton. Tom and youthful wife Barbara, played exquisitely by
the tomboyish, but alluring, Felicity Kendal, lived next door to
the ultra snob Margo (Penelope Keith) and the personable Jerry
Leadbetter (Paul Eddington). Apart from the obvious Englishness
of the class thing, one of the most interesting things about the
series was the sexual undercurrent both between Tom and Margo,
and Barbara and Jerry.
The Good Life Main Cast List
Richard Briers - Tom Good
The Good Life DVD available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.co.uk
The Good Life - Complete Boxed Set [DVD]
starring: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington
October 04, 2010
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