The Good Life co-writer Bob Larbey dies

British screenwriter passes away aged 79

Acclaimed sceenwriter Bob Larbey has passed away aged 79.


Larbey will be well remembered for co-writing hit comedy The Good Life with his writing partner John Esmonde.

The duo had huge success with the series, which ran from 1975 to 1978, starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. 

The comedy series, which centred on a middle class couple trying to be self sufficient, pulled in audiences of more than 17 million.

Esmonde and Larbey continued to work with the late Richard Briers with further sitcoms including Down to Earth and Ever Decreasing Circles. 

The pair also enjoyed success with five series of Brush Strokes in the 1980s, starring Karl Howman.

Esmonde unfortunately passed away in 2008.

Among his solo success Larbey wrote the first four episodes of The Darling Buds of May, which starred David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

He also worked with Dame Judi Dench on A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By, which saw her star opposite Geoffrey Palmer for nine series.