The Good Life. Image shows from L to R: Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith), Tom Good (Richard Briers), Jerry Leadbetter (Paul Eddington), Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal). Copyright: BBC.

The Good Life

BBC One sitcom about a couple practicing self-sufficiency. 30 episodes (4 series), 1975 - 1978. Stars Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

Series 1, Episode 7 is repeated on Gold today at 10:55am.

The Good Life. Image shows from L to R: Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal), Tom Good (Richard Briers), Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith), Jerry Leadbetter (Paul Eddington). Copyright: BBC.

The Good Life

After Tom Good becomes disillusioned with his life, he packs in his job and he and his wife attempt to live a completely self-sufficient life in suburbia

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1975 - 1978
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
30   (4 series)
Starring
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington
Writers
John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Director
John Howard Davies
Producer
John Howard Davies

Sitcom following two happily married couples living in London's suburbs.

As his 40th birthday approaches, Tom Good decides to throw in the daily grind of the commute, office life and the career rat-race and attempt a self-sufficiency lifestyle with wife Barbara: they'll grow their own fruit and vegetables, keep a few animals, and make their own way in the world.

Their best friends and next-door neighbours, Margot and Jerry Leadbetter, are shocked by the notion of their genteel neighbourhood being overrun by pigs, mud and other such unsophisticated muck. Jerry simply thinks Tom's gone mad, but Margot is outraged by the imposition.

Can Tom and Barbara survive? Perhaps with a little of the neighbours' help...

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 4th April 1975 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 10th June 1978 on BBC One at 7:40pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 1 Episode 7: Today at 10:55am on Gold
  2. Series 2 Episode 1: Monday at 7pm on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 2: Monday at 7:40pm on Gold
  4. Series 2 Episode 1: Monday at 11:40pm on Gold
  5. Series 2 Episode 2: Tuesday at 12:20am on Gold
  6. When I'm 65 Episode 1: Friday at 8pm on Gold
  7. When I'm 65 Episode 1: Saturday 1st June at 11:40am on Gold
  8. Series 3 Episode 2: Monday 3rd June at 9pm on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 2: Tuesday 4th June at 1:40pm on Gold
  10. Series 3 Episode 4: Tuesday 4th June at 9pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday 5th June at 1:40pm on Gold
  12. Series 3 Episode 6: Wednesday 5th June at 9pm on Gold
  13. Series 3 Episode 6: Thursday 6th June at 1:40pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 7: Thursday 6th June at 9pm on Gold
  15. Series 3 Episode 7: Friday 7th June at 1:40pm on Gold
  16. Series 4 Episode 7: Friday 7th June at 9pm on Gold

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