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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Classic UK TV sitcoms transfer to stage - and thrill the superfans

Fawlty Towers, The Fast Show, Only Fools And Horses ... the vogue for screen-to-stage shows taps into our need for nostalgia.

Rachel Aroesti, The Observer, 11th February 2024

The greatest Christmas TV moments of all time ranked

The greatest Christmas TV moment of all-time is the Only Fools And Horses 'Batman and Robin' episode.

A poll of 2,000 adults who celebrate Christmas found the hilarious moment from 1996 where Del Boy and Rodney unknowingly prevent a crime - while dressed as the dynamic duo - is top of the tree.

Jake Penkethman, The Sun, 30th November 2022

BBC Four to repeat comedy classics

To link in with the celebrations of 100 years of the BBC, from Saturday 22nd October BBC Four will begin broadcasting classic episodes of sitcoms and sketch shows.

British Comedy Guide, 14th October 2022

Felicity Kendal: The Good Life was an incredibly lucky break

The actress, 75, talks Covid, divorce and life on the road as she prepares for her most challenging role yet.

Maureen Paton, The Telegraph, 5th September 2022

Only Fools And Horses voted favourite ever BBC show

Half of the best-loved BBC programmes of all time are comedies, a new poll has found. Only Fools And Horses topped the survey of viewers of The One Show to mark the Corporation's 100th birthday.

Chortle, 29th January 2022

10 best British comedy Christmas specials, according to IMDb

Fans of British comedies eagerly await their favorite show's Christmas specials. These are the 10 best according to IMDb ratings.

Dalton Norman, Screen Rant, 18th December 2021

The Good Life stage adaptation tour announces full cast

Full casting has been revealed for the stage adaptation of The Good Life, which will open on tour next month.

Appearing will be Preeya Kalidas as Margo Leadbetter, Dominic Rowan as Jerry Leadbetter, and Sally Tatum as Barbara Good, joining the previously announced Rufus Hound as Tom Good. Also featured will be Nigel Betts and Tessa Churchard.

Alex Wood, What's On Stage, 3rd September 2021

Rufus Hound to star in stage version of The Good Life

Rufus Hound is set to star in a stage version of classic British sitcom The Good Life, where he will play Tom Good.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th June 2021

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.

Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021

Now The Good Life gets an 'offensive content' warning

The Good Life has become the latest vintage sitcom to be given a viewer warning - over a golliwog apron Margot wears in one episode. Streaming service Britbox now warns that the 1970s comedy 'contains offensive racial imagery'.

Chortle, 8th May 2021

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