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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.

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The Good Life Main Cast List

Richard Briers - Tom Good
Felicity Kendal - Barbara Good
Penelope Keith - Margo Leadbetter
Paul Eddington - Jerry Leadbetter
Reginald Marsh - Andrew/Sir
Moyra Fraser - Felicity
Charmian May - Mrs. Weaver

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The Good Life - Complete Boxed Set [DVD]

The Good Life Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 30; Length: 29 x 30 mins; 1 x 45 mins
Series One (7) 4 April-16 May 1975, BBC1 Friday 8.30pm
Series Two (7) 5 December 1975-23 January 1976, BBC1 Friday 8.30pm
Series Three (7) 10 September-22 October 1976, BBC1 Friday 8.30pm
Series Four (7) 10 April-22 May 1977, BBC1 Sunday 8.05pm
Special (30 mins) 26 December 1977, BBC1 Monday 7.35pm
Special (45 mins) 10 June 1978, BBC1 Saturday 7.40pm


The Good Life Episode List (and original air dates on BBC1)

Series 1

1. Plough Your Own Furrow - 4th April, 1975
2. Say Little Hen - 11th April, 1975
3. The Weaker Sex? - 18th April, 1975
4. Pig's Lib - 25th April, 1975
5. The Thing In The Cellar - 2nd May, 1975
6. The Pagan Rite - 9th May, 1975
7. Backs To The Wall - 16th May, 1975

Series 2

1. Just My Bill - 5th December, 1975
2. The Guru Of Surbiton - 12th December, 1975
3. Mr. Fix-It - 19th December, 1975
4. The Day Peace Broke Out - 2nd January, 1976
5. Mutiny - 9th January, 1976
6. Home Sweet Home - 16th January, 1976
7. Going To Pot? - 23rd January, 1976

Series 3

1. The Early Birds - 10th September, 1976
2. The Happy Event - 17th September, 1976
3. A Tug Of The Forelock - 24th September, 1976
4. I Talk To The Trees - 1st October, 1976
5. The Windbreak War - 8th October, 1976
6. Whose Fleas Are These? - 15th October, 1976
7. The Last Posh Frock - 22nd October, 1976

Series 4

1. Away From It All - 10th April, 1977
2. The Green Door - 17th April, 1977
3. Our Speaker Today - 24th April, 1977
4. The Weaver's Tale - 1st May, 1977
5. Suit Yourself - 8th May, 1977
6. Sweet And Sour Charity - 15th May, 1977
7. The Anniversary - 22nd May, 1977

Specials

Silly, But It's Fun - 26th December, 1977

When I'm 65 - 10th June, 1978

 

 

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