Saturday, 23 April 2011
T is for ....Television Comedy
My favourite TV sit-com of all time has to be 'The Good Life'! Any of you reading this from outside the UK may not be aware of this TV series but it was a real gem.
First broadcast on the BBC in the 1970's, it centres on a couple called Tom and Barbara Good who embark on a different way of life - hence the title.
With Tom reaching his 40th birthday he yearns to slip loose the shackles of work and they resolve to become self-sufficient. They dig up their immaculate front and back gardens and plant vegetables, accquire some livestock and rise to the challenge of 'make do and mend'. All this in the days before most of us even knew about recycling!
Their extremely well-heeled next door neighbours, Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, find their friendship stretched almost to breaking point by the couple's 'alternative' lifestyle. In fact, snobbish Margo becomes the butt of many of the Good's jokes!
Tom is a bit of an 'armchair revolutionary' - he has big ideas, but usually poor Barbara has to bear the brunt of things.
This is my favourite clip - their telephone service is terminated and an engineer removes the phone. At about two and a half minutes into the clip - he utters an immortal line which, in today's world of mobile phones, seems even more humorous than when it was first written. (If you can hang on to the end of the clip, watch as the 'worm turns' and Barbara blows her top!)
If you ever get the chance to watch any of the series you are in for a treat !
(YouTube seems to have most of it, anyway!)