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!)


  1. Good choice, Sue! I love The Good Life! :)

  2. hi Sue:)

    enjoyed your video and it was funny! i like what he did with the dress. i did the self sufficiency gig for a few years. it isn't easy!

  3. Great post! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  4. "You take down my dress or I shall have to ring the police!"

    Priceless. I wasn't alive when this show aired but I want to go back and watch.

  5. The Good Life was great. I watched it when I was a kid but as with all TV then you appreciate it much more when you're older as you get the jokes. Great choice!

    Was To The Manor Borne a follow up??

  6. David - 'To the Manor Born' came later but the only connection to the Good Life was the fact that Penelope Keith (Margo, in the Good Life) starred as the former lady of the manor, Audrey fforbes-Hamilton. Another good series, too!

    Now I feel REALLY old when you say you watched the Good Life as a 'kid' -I was out and earning a living then (groan)

  7. (...double groan! Clarissa - not even born when the Good Life originally aired? egad....!)

  8. I'm not familiar with this show, but I do love TV comedy. Some of my faves include Seinfeld, Frasier, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family...

  9. I've never heard of this show. Thanks for the clip!

  10. aw I LOVED this show. I think the English programmes are the best! I'm an avid Coro fan. :)

  11. Great to see FK again, Sue - she's as fit as a butcher's dog! :)

    BTW - with you on the "age" thing. I distinctly remember it first time around!

  12. Hi Sue .. love these and being British of course they resonate so easily! Very funny British comedy .. great to read about .. and I usually watch if they come up on the TV .. cheers Hilary