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 4, Episode 5 - Suit Yourself

As the Goods' new cottage clothing industry swings into action, Jerry gets the news that Sir is going to step down from the company, and that he is one of the three candidates invited for dinner. Things are going so well until a problem arises. Thankfully the Goods are on hand to save the day!

Further details

Margot and Jerry are enjoying a day of golf when Tom emerges from the bushes. He has been scavenging for nettles but is evasive as to why.
Later that day Margot and Jerry spot Barbara arriving home on the rotary cultivator with a pile of sheep fleeces that the Goods have received as payment for a few days of labour but like Tom offers few details as to why they requested them.

Back at the Good house Tom and Barbara have turned their kitchen into a cottage industry and are making cloth and dying it green with the nettles. Margot appears at the door bubbling over with curiosity and Barbara fills her in on the details. The Goods give Margot the tour showing her each process that turns their white wool into green cloth. They then walk next door into the sitting room where the lomb is set up. Margot is thrilled by the demonstration that Barbara gives her. Just then Jerry arrives. He declines a tour and announces that it looks like Sir is about to step down and that he and two colleagues, as well as spouses, have been invited to dinner. They all discuss Jerry's competition and then what they will both wear. Jerry turns down the Good's offer of a woven suit for the occasion!

When nettle soup doesn't pan out the Goods sit down to have the chicken, formally known as Olivia, for dinner. As they are getting the table prepared, the Leadbetters turn up looking like movie stars in preparation for their big dinner. Tom and Barbara wish them good luck and send them on their way.

The group sit around the table as Sir breaks the news that he is to step down at the end of the month. The three candidates try to out do each other with praise and platitudes for Sir with Jerry definately coming out on top. As Sir asks them individually what they would do if they were chosen, the question falls on Jerry. He offers some words about the future and expansion and as he searches for his written proposal in his pocket, he can't find it! He stalls by moving the question on to the third candidate just as a note is brought to him by a waiter. He dashes out to find the Goods standing in the foyer wearing macks holding his proposal! As they make to leave Sir walks out and gets emotional as he believes they have come to wish him happy retirement. They are dragged next door for a drink with Sir telling the guests around the table the story of Tom leaving the company for self-sufficiency and how he admired his will. Sir shocks Jerry by saying that if Tom were still at the company he would probably get the job. He talks about the importance of people having their own style and asks Tom to take off his coat. He duly obliges revealing the lime green woven suit beneath!

Broadcast details

Sunday 8th May 1977
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Richard Briers Tom Good
    Felicity Kendal Barbara Good
    Penelope Keith Margo Leadbetter
    Paul Eddington Jerry Leadbetter
    Guest cast
    Reginald Marsh Sir Andrew
    Philip Madoc Mr. Snetterton
    Terence Conoley Donald Dalby
    Patricia Driscoll Mrs. Dalby
    Writing team
    John Esmonde Writer
    Bob Larbey Writer
    Production team
    John Howard Davies Director
    John Howard Davies Producer
    Ian McKendrick Editor
    Paul Munting Production Designer
    Sally Nieper Costume Designer
    Marianne Ford Make-up Designer
    Ron Koplick Lighting Designer
    Burt Rhodes Composer
    Brian Jones Production Assistant
    Mike Giles Sound Designer

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