THE GOOD LIFE
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The Good Life is definitely a classic amongst the sitcom and is amongst a rare breed of programmes that drew on classical actors, rather than those known for comedy, to star in the show. It is also the most famous of the shows to come from the excellent writing team of Esmonde and Larbey.

These two writers started on radio with sketches for I'm Sorry I Read That Again and followed this up with shows of their own, latter moving medium, when their idea of a man giving up his job to become self sufficient was seen as an ideal opportunity for Richard Briers, at the time, hot property at Auntie.

Esmonde and Larbey chucked in their regular work and became professional full-time writers and the result was four series of brilliance. The cast, along with Briers, was Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and the late Paul Eddington, although it was Peter Bowles who was first approached to play Jerry! He later got his chance to work with Penelope Keith in To the Manor Born, and it is probably due to the fact that he turned down The Good Life and hence hadn't already played the screen husband, that he was able to take the role in Manor Born.

Acorn have now released all the episodes that they can get the rights to, with the fourth series (bar one episode) released on a double DVD with the Royal special.

If this wasn't enough, for the true fan (and I must rank among their numbers as I have had pet hamsters called Margot and Barbara!) there is a book, written by Richard Webber - a Celebration of The Good Life. This has been a help witht he construction of this page, and has a very in depth episode guide, as well a lot fo interviews and well researched facts about the series. To top it all, there are a wealth of colour and black and white stills littering the book. Priced at 12.99, and published by Orion books as a coffee table softback, this is well worth the money. It is available in the shops now and has the ISBN 0 75281 830 9

SERIES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Special

Series One.

TitleTX DateNotes
Plough Your Own Furrow4.4.75Volume 1
Say Little Hen ...11.4.75Volume 1
The Weaker Sex?18.4.75Volume 1
Pig's Lib25.4.75Volume 2
The Thing in the Cellar2.5.75Volume 2
The Pagan Rite9.5.75Volume 2
Backs to the Wall16.5.75

Series Two.

TitleTX DateNotes
Just My Bill5.12.75Volume 3
The Guru of Surbiton12.12.75Volume 3
Mr. Fix.It19.12.75Volume 3
The Day Peace Broke Out2.1.76Volume 4
Mutiny9.1.76Volume 4
Home, Sweet Home16.1.76Volume 4
Going to Pot?23.1.76volume 4

Series Three.

TitleTX DateNotes
The Early Birds10.9.76Volume 5
The Happy Event17.9.76Volume 5
A Tug of the Forelock24.9.76Volume 5
I Talk to the Trees1.10.76Volume 6
The Windbreak War8.10.76Volume 6
Whose Fleas Are These?15.10.76Volume 6
The Last Posh Frock22.10.76

Series Four.

TitleTX DateNotes
Away From it All10.4.77Volume 7/DVD
The Green Door17.4.77Volume 7/DVD
Our Speaker Today...24.4.77Volume 7/DVD
The Weaver's Tale1.5.77Volume 7/DVD
Suit Yourself8.5.77Volume 8/DVD
Sweet and Sour Charity15.5.77Volume 8/DVD
Anniversary22.5.77Volume 8/DVD
Silly, But It's Fun26.12.77Xmas Special

Special

This was a special edition recorded in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
TitleTX DateNotes
When I'm 6510.6.78Volume 8/DVD