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 5 is repeated on BBC4 on Tuesday at 8:30pm.

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

1975 - 1978
30   (4 series)
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington
John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
John Howard Davies
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

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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 5: Tuesday at 8:30pm on BBC4
  2. Series 1 Episode 6: Tuesday 3rd August at 8:30pm on BBC4

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