Featuring an exclusive new interview with Richard Briers, and celebrating 35 years since its original broadcast, THE GOOD LIFE is now available for the first time in series order. Having thrown themselves into a world of suburban farming, befuddling their neighbour Margo and her more supportive husband Jerry, Tom and Barbara are busy adapting their lives to their new choice of lifestyle. In this second series, they find themselves tempted by commercial enterprise whether from their harvest or their pottery skills, as well as discovering the benefits of public relations. A little police problem when a thief takes a leek, the possibility of a commune developing next door, and a bit of a boar the important bit all add to an uproar that can only leave Margo at her wit s end. Series Two Episodes: Just My Bill The Guru of Surbiton Mr Fix-It the Day Peace Broke Out Mutiny Home, Sweet Home Going to Pot?
The Good Life
has proved an enduring jewel in the BBC's mainstream comedy archive. More than 25 years after it first appeared in our living rooms, nostalgia must be a major reason for its appeal. A whole generation of young men--and their fathers--found the weekly sight of Felicity Kendal as Barbara Good, pert in denim dungarees, irresistible. But it's the quality of the playing that has really stood the test of time and triumphs over a premise--self-sufficiency in Surbiton--that now seems naïve. Even in 1975, a Tom Good (a masterpiece of comic eccentricity from Richard Briers) quitting the rat race would probably have sold up his semi and chanced his luck as a small holder somewhere more remote than suburban Surrey.
Comic tensions arise not just from the Goods' daily struggle to beat the system on their own terms, but also from the relationship with their incredulous, often horrified, but usually supportive neighbours. Penelope Keith's Margo Leadbetter remains one of the great comic creations in British sitcom history--a simmering volcano of conservatism waging her own battle against creeping mediocrity in all aspects of life, whose human frailty somehow keeps her loveable. Paul Eddington as Jerry, her long-suffering husband, spars splendidly. --Piers Ford
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