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The Good Life (UK)

The Good Life (UK)


The Good Life was an immensely popular British comedy of the 1970s. Tom and Barbara Good decide to abandon the rat race and live off their own resources, in their case a large house in posh Surbiton, where they plough up the garden and introduce a goat called Geraldine, a couple of pigs called Pinky and Perky, and various hens ruled over by a rooster nicknamed Lenin for his autocratic manner.

Living next door to the Goods are Margo and Jerry Leadbetter whose lifestyle is a complete contrast to that of Tom and Barbara Good. Jerry is an ambitious businessman who quite cheerfully admits that he does quite a bit of crawling in order to get on. His wife Margo is socially ambitious with interests in the local pony club and other community affairs, and who quite ruthlessly takes over the village musical society while its incumbent is away on holidays. Margo has her own set of rigorous standards which she will abandon for nobody, and is a vigorous social climber.

Nevertheless, despite their differences or perhaps because of them, the Goods and the Leadbetters are the best of friends, but they do have the occasional disagreement which only makes their friendship that much stronger.

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Episode Info

Final: S04-Special -- When I'm 65 (Jun/10/1978)


Jerry wants to take out more insurance for when he retires, but a doctor's examination reveals that he is not as fit as he had thought he was. He and Margot go on a health kick, purchasing all sorts of gym equipment and jogging around Surbiton.

Tom starts to worry about his and Barbara's future, and visits his local Bank Manager with a very original idea for a Bank loan.

Tom and Jerry challenge one another to a race, with Tom representing Self Sufficiency, but neither Tom nor Jerry is really all that fit and they end up in the local pub.
Cast
Richard BriersRichard Briers
As Tom Good
Felicity KendalFelicity Kendal
As Barbara Good
Penelope KeithPenelope Keith
As Margo Leadbetter
Paul EddingtonPaul Eddington
As Jerry Leadbetter
Reginald MarshReginald Marsh
As Sir Andrew
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Crew

Creator: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey
Producer: John Howard Davies
Editor: Bill Harris
Music: Burt Rhodes
Make-up: Marianne Ford (1)
Main Title Theme: Burt Rhodes
Series Director: John Howard Davies
Film Editor: Ian McKendrick
Sound: Mike Giles
Film Cameraman: Ken Willicombe

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Recurring Guests

Reginald Marsh as Andrew or 'Sir'. (5 eps)
Moyra Fraser as Phyllis (2 eps)

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