The Good Life

Series 1 - 7. Backs to the Wall

Backs to the Wall
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

When Richard Briers died recently aged 79, there was a huge outpouring of affection for one of our great comic actors. Audiences felt as if they’d lost a favourite uncle.

It was John Esmonde and Bob Larbey’s 1975 sitcom, which ran on BBC1 for three years, that cemented Briers’s place in our hearts. He played Tom Good, an ex-City man who turned his back on his old life to set up a smallholding with wife Barbara in the London suburb of Surbiton.

As a tribute, Gold is broadcasting back-to-back episodes, starting with episode seven of series one, followed by all of series two and ending with the final episode of series four. Age hasn’t wearied a minute of it.

About this programme

7/7. Tom finds himself suffering a bad back during harvest time, which leaves Barbara to do all the work on her own - a situation made worse by the terrible weather. Sitcom, starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith.

Cast and crew


Tom Good
Richard Briers
Margo Leadbetter
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter
Paul Eddington
Barbara Good
Felicity Kendal


Paul Munting
John Howard Davies
John Esmonde
Bob Larbey