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

The Good Life

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1975 - 1978
  • 30 episodes (4 series)

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. Stars Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Plough Your Own Furrow

On his 40th birthday Tom Good decides to drop out of the rat-race in order to do something meaningful with his life. He, along with supportive wife Barbara, attempts to become self-sufficient in Surbiton.

Notes

Margo is not seen in this episode, but her voice is heard.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 4th April 1975
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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Saturday 2nd April 2011 11:35pm Gold
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Monday 2nd October 2023 7:40pm Gold
Thursday 2nd November 2023 8:20pm Gold
Thursday 2nd November 2023 11:40pm Gold
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Cast & crew

Cast
Richard Briers Tom Good
Felicity Kendal Barbara Good
Paul Eddington Jerry Leadbetter
Guest cast
Reginald Marsh Sir Andrew
Norman Atkyns Commissionaire
Martin Neil Brian
Penelope Keith Margo Leadbetter (Voice)
Writing team
John Esmonde Writer
Bob Larbey Writer
Production team
John Howard Davies Director
John Howard Davies Producer
Bill Harris Editor
Paul Munting Production Designer
Rita Reekie Costume Designer
Marianne Ford Make-up Designer
Ron Koplick Lighting Designer
Burt Rhodes Composer
Brian Jones Production Assistant

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