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 2, Episode 1 - Just My Bill

Tom and Barbara are left in financial trouble as they struggle to sell their surplus fruit and vegetables just as the rates need to be paid. A last-gasp search down the back of a sofa means the payment is met on time - leaving the Goods with a single penny to their name.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 5th December 1975
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

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Date Time Channel
Saturday 9th April 2011 11:35pm Gold
Friday 1st July 2011 10:00am Gold
Friday 1st July 2011 1:40pm Gold
Saturday 23rd July 2011 8:40am Gold
Monday 19th September 2011 9:40am Gold
Monday 19th September 2011 2:20pm Gold
Sunday 23rd October 2011 8:50am Gold
Monday 24th October 2011 1:50am Gold
Thursday 24th November 2011 7:30am Gold
Thursday 24th November 2011 2:35pm Gold
Saturday 28th January 2012 12:35pm Gold
Sunday 29th January 2012 9:40am Gold
Thursday 29th March 2012 10:40am Gold
Thursday 29th March 2012 4:40pm Gold
Saturday 5th May 2012 5:55pm BBC2
Saturday 5th May 2012 6:05pm BBC2 Wales
Wednesday 13th June 2012 1:40pm Gold
Wednesday 13th June 2012 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 11th September 2012 9:40am Gold
Tuesday 11th September 2012 3:40pm Gold
Thursday 10th January 2013 9:40am Gold
Thursday 10th January 2013 3:40pm Gold
Sunday 3rd March 2013 7:40am Gold
Wednesday 6th March 2013 12:20pm Gold
Wednesday 6th March 2013 6:20pm Gold
Tuesday 28th May 2013 3:40pm Gold
Wednesday 29th May 2013 9:35am Gold
Saturday 19th October 2013 3:30pm Gold
Sunday 20th October 2013 8:30am Gold
Saturday 30th November 2013 6:20pm Drama
Sunday 1st December 2013 5:50pm Drama
Tuesday 10th December 2013 1:00pm Gold
Wednesday 11th December 2013 8:20am Gold
Thursday 6th July 2017 7:20pm Gold
Friday 7th July 2017 6:50pm Gold
Tuesday 1st August 2017 1:40pm Gold
Tuesday 1st August 2017 6:20pm Gold
Tuesday 7th November 2017 2:30pm Gold
Tuesday 7th November 2017 7:40pm Gold
Friday 12th January 2018 7:20pm Gold
Saturday 13th January 2018 4:50pm Gold
Monday 1st October 2018 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 8:40pm Gold
Monday 4th March 2019 1:35pm Gold
Monday 4th March 2019 8:00pm Gold
Monday 27th May 2019 7:00pm Gold
Monday 27th May 2019 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 15th January 2020 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 16th January 2020 12:15am Gold
Friday 28th February 2020 2:20pm Gold
Friday 28th February 2020 6:20pm Gold
Saturday 29th February 2020 9:50am Gold
Wednesday 17th February 2021 11:40am Gold
Wednesday 17th February 2021 3:40pm Gold
Wednesday 17th February 2021 6:20pm Gold
Monday 15th March 2021 11:40am Gold
Monday 15th March 2021 3:40pm Gold
Monday 15th March 2021 6:25pm Gold
Thursday 25th March 2021 11:00am Gold
Thursday 25th March 2021 2:20pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 12:10pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 6:30pm Gold
Thursday 17th June 2021 8:40pm Gold
Friday 18th June 2021 12:00am Gold
Friday 18th June 2021 2:40pm Gold
Tuesday 17th August 2021 8:00pm BBC4
Thursday 28th October 2021 8:40pm Gold
Friday 29th October 2021 3:20pm Gold
Tuesday 10th May 2022 7:50am Gold
Tuesday 10th May 2022 3:45pm Gold
Wednesday 18th May 2022 7:55am Gold
Wednesday 18th May 2022 1:45pm Gold
Wednesday 18th May 2022 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 7th July 2022 1:30pm Gold
Thursday 7th July 2022 8:35pm Gold
Friday 8th July 2022 1:15am Gold
Monday 2nd January 2023 8:00pm Gold
Thursday 9th March 2023 8:35pm Gold
Wednesday 14th June 2023 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 15th June 2023 7:45am Gold
Thursday 15th June 2023 5:00pm Gold
Friday 21st July 2023 7:15am Gold
Friday 21st July 2023 6:00pm Gold
Monday 9th October 2023 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 10th October 2023 7:40pm Gold
Monday 13th November 2023 2:40pm Gold
Monday 13th November 2023 6:40pm Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
Richard Briers Tom Good
Felicity Kendal Barbara Good
Penelope Keith Margo Leadbetter
Paul Eddington Jerry Leadbetter
Guest cast
Wolfe Morris Michelangelo Lombardi (Restaurant Manager)
Frank Gatliff Mr. Squires (Clerk)
Blake Butler Ronnie Boxall (Van Driver)
Ruth Kettlewell Charity Collector
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
Janet Tharby Costume Designer
Jenny Shircore Make-up Designer
Ron Koplick Lighting Designer
Burt Rhodes Composer
Brian Jones Production Assistant

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