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Tom and Barbara Good's dream is to live completely self-sufficiently. This means, among other things, raising their own vegetables and animals for food. Trouble is, they live in the suburbs. Their very conservative neighbors, the Leadbetters, look on, horrified, at this bold experiment.Written by
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Peter Bowles (Richard, from To the Manor Born (1979)) was originally slated to play Jerry. However, he had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with his other project at the time, Rumpole of the Bailey (1978). *This is unlikely as The Good Life began in 1975 and was shooting from late 1974, whereas Rumpole lof the Bailey did not begin production and transmission until three years later in 1978. See more »
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I was just telephoning to find out if I can have my car today. Oh, Tuesday.
[Margo grabs the phone from Jerry]
What do you mean Tuesday?
I don't care if the spare parts come from Mars. Go and collect them. "A bottle-neck in the lube bay." What does that mean in English? Well, say lubrication, then.
Be quiet, Jerry.
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »
where the Goods escaped from the rat-race in Surbiton
The joy of this clever 1970s comedy is the perfect teaming of its quartet of stars - Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, who have a smallholding with pigs, goats and chickens in their garden and a power supply run by manure; and Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith as Jerry and Margo Leadbetter, the snobs next door.
Sharply written by John Esmonde, this series follows the two couples as they struggle with such common problems of suburban living as where to place a canopy, entertaining the local music group committee, harvesting the potatoes, and placating the local gentry. Tom and Barbara are irritating but likable, with their stove, tractor, and wellingtons. Margo is an absolute hoot, a sexy woman who doesn't like to admit it and a dreadful nosey neighbour, while Jerry is the typical executive doormat.
Not surprisingly the series often re-runs, so that successive generations can enjoy the funny situations, lines and characters we find in 'The Good Life'. It can't do Felicity Kendal's image any harm either!
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