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Still enjoying the Good Life

ED ROGGEVEEN
Last updated 05:00 18/01/2014
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A CLASSIC: Characters Barbara and Tom from The Good Life, again screening on Jones.

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I don't know about anyone else, but I am thoroughly enjoying the re-run of the 70s classic comedy The Good Life on Jones TV on Sky.

It has been great to see some of the old classics get another run on Jones. Some shows do not stand the test of time: Mork and Mindy, Fantasy Island, and Open All Hours come to mind in particular. Others like Minder, Dad's Army, and The Good Life are still entertaining decades down the track.

I am particularly enjoying The Good Life because of the acting of the whole cast, but in particular of the late Richard Briers. Has there even been a better character written for TV? And has there ever been a better acting performance?

The other main reason The Good Life is still so enjoyable today is its relevance. Tom and Barbara Good were revolutionaries. They were trailblazers in their passion for environmental issues. The issues they faced in 1975, we still face now nearly 40 years later.

The gorgeous Barbara (Felicity Kendal) and the hilariously uptight woman with a heart of gold Margot (Penelope Keith) provide social and political commentary disguised by hilarity. And then there is Jerry, played by the legend that is Paul Eddington. Desperate to take over Sir's chair and also to get his hands on Barbara.

Thanks Sky TV for bringing this back at such an accessible time.

What shows are others enjoying seeing again and which ones should be put out to pasture for good (bad pun intended)?


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