Friday, 9 March 2012

1975, Television: The Good Life

With the arrival of the '70s, young people rejected the urban rat race in favour of a simpler life. It was the time when some of them abandoned the cities to live in the country, experimenting with communal living, independent farming and self-sufficiency. The same period saw the first flowering of the green movement.

This trend was the inspiration for “The Good Life”, a British sitcom produced by the BBC that ran from 1975-1978. The show followed the exploits of two unlikely social revolutionaries, Tom and Barbara Good, who reject their comfortable middle-class lifestyles and Tom's advertising career, turn over their typical suburban garden to vegetables, chickens, a pig and a goat, and strive for a self-sufficient life. Tom and Barbara's decision astonishes and alarms their conservative neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter...

Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal
Main cast
  • Richard Briers as Tom Good
  • Felicity Kendal as Barbara Good
  • Penelope Keith as Margo Leadbetter (née Sturgess)
  • Paul Eddington as Jeremy "Jerry" Leadbetter
  • Reginald Marsh as Andrew/Sir
Penelope Keith, Richard Briers, Paul Eddington and Felicity Kendal

Opening Credits

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