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.

When I'm 65 is repeated on Gold on Sunday at 8pm.

Series 4, Episode 7 - Anniversary

Nobody is having much of a good life as Tom and Barbara keep hitting problems in their garden and Jerry looks like he has been passed up for promotion. The series ends with great highs and devastating lows.

Further details

Tom and Barbara are in the garden. Tom tries to gauge just how much of the garden is polluted by the oil spill and Geraldine isn't producing any milk for Barbara. The Goods are in poor spirits.

Tom sets to work re-designing the garden so that they can regain some land for crops. A concrete floor will be placed over the worst affected area of oil and the pig sty will be moevd ontop of it. Barbara spots a flaw in the floor idea. They have no money for such an investment. As Tom makes the coffee Barbara gets some records which she suggests could be sold as the record player has already gone.

The Goods go next door with the intention of asking Margot if she could advertise their LPs to her music society but as they step through the door, and alarm starts to ring. Margot has had a burglar alarm installed to combat the wave of crime in the area. When they eventually talk, Margot comments on how badly they are doing in comparison to how well the Leadbetters are doing with Jerry tipped to take over form Sir. At that moment Jerry arrives home and reveals Snetterton has been invited to dinner with Sir on Sir's last day.

The following day Tom enters the kitchen complaining about more bad news. Barbara trys to cheer him up with a birthday and anniversary cake representing the beginning of their 'empire'. Tom feels that after all their original planning nothing has been achieved in the 2 years since they began. Barbara tells him that they have been the happiest 2 years of her life.

Margot sits in her sitting room writting a letter to the Times about Jerry not getting Sir's job. Jerry goes to answer the door just as Sir drops by. Margot's welcome is rather cool as he sits down. As he talks the Goods arrive too. They all offer their piece as to the mistake Sir has made until thery realise he hasn't, and that the meal with Snetterton was merely civility to the runner up. As apologies are half made, Sir then drops the biggest shock. Now that he is retired he plans to follow the Goods example of self-sufficiency! Margot laughs but he retorts that he is deadly serious! 'A little place in Devon' of 'a couple of hundred acres' is what he has bought. He congratulates Jerry, says his goodbyes then leaves. The remaining 4 are in high spirits and conga next door for a double celebration.

When they all walk into the Good's sittingroom they find it has been vandalised. The Goods sit down and Jerry pleads with them to pack in their lifestyle, offering Tom his job back first thing in the morning. As the silence continues Barbara finally speaks stating that Geraldine won't give any milk because she needs to be mated again. Tom agrees. Jerry is in disbelief but the Goods refuse to accept this as their failure, but realise it as somebody elses. Jerry conceedes and gets out the glasses for some birthday champagne. The four stand tall in the ruined room, having been through an assortment of emotions during the evening, and simply make a toast to the Good life.

Broadcast details

Sunday 22nd 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
Writing team
John Esmonde Writer
Bob Larbey Writer
Production team
John Howard Davies Director
John Howard Davies Producer

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