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 3, Episode 1 is repeated on Gold today at 3:40pm.

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, Margo 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 Margo 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 3 Episode 1: Today at 3:40pm on Gold
  2. Series 3 Episode 1: Today at 6:20pm on Gold
  3. Series 3 Episode 2: Tomorrow at 11:40am on Gold
  4. Series 3 Episode 2: Tomorrow at 3:45pm on Gold
  5. Series 3 Episode 2: Tomorrow at 6:20pm on Gold
  6. Series 3 Episode 3: Thursday at 11:40am on Gold
  7. Series 3 Episode 3: Thursday at 3:45pm on Gold
  8. Series 3 Episode 3: Thursday at 6:20pm on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday at 11:40am on Gold
  10. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday at 3:45pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday at 6:20pm on Gold
  12. Series 3 Episode 5: Monday at 11:40am on Gold
  13. Series 3 Episode 5: Monday at 3:40pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 5: Monday at 6:20pm on Gold
  15. Series 3 Episode 6: Tuesday 27th April at 11:40am on Gold
  16. Series 3 Episode 6: Tuesday 27th April at 3:40pm on Gold
  17. Series 3 Episode 6: Tuesday 27th April at 6:20pm on Gold
  18. Series 3 Episode 7: Wednesday 28th April at 11:40am on Gold
  19. Series 3 Episode 7: Wednesday 28th April at 3:40pm on Gold
  20. Series 3 Episode 7: Wednesday 28th April at 6:20pm on Gold
  21. Series 4 Episode 1: Thursday 29th April at 11:40am on Gold
  22. Series 4 Episode 1: Thursday 29th April at 3:40pm on Gold
  23. Series 4 Episode 1: Thursday 29th April at 6:20pm on Gold
  24. Series 4 Episode 2: Friday 30th April at 11:40am on Gold
  25. Series 4 Episode 2: Friday 30th April at 3:40pm on Gold
  26. Series 4 Episode 2: Friday 30th April at 6:20pm on Gold
  27. Series 4 Episode 3: Tuesday 4th May at 11:40am on Gold
  28. Series 4 Episode 3: Tuesday 4th May at 3:40pm on Gold
  29. Series 4 Episode 3: Tuesday 4th May at 6:20pm on Gold
  30. Series 4 Episode 4: Wednesday 5th May at 12:20pm on Gold
  31. Series 4 Episode 4: Wednesday 5th May at 4:20pm on Gold
  32. Series 4 Episode 5: Thursday 6th May at 11:40am on Gold
  33. Series 4 Episode 5: Thursday 6th May at 3pm on Gold
  34. Series 4 Episode 5: Thursday 6th May at 6:20pm on Gold
  35. Series 4 Episode 6: Friday 7th May at 11:40am on Gold
  36. Series 4 Episode 6: Friday 7th May at 3:40pm on Gold
  37. Series 4 Episode 6: Friday 7th May at 6:20pm on Gold

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