Are you a Good or a Ledbetter? Take The Good Life Quiz….

With Richard Briers’ untimely passing last month, I’ve been thinking more and more about the brilliance of The Good Life or The Good Neighbors as it was broadcast in the U.S. The 1970’s (gulp!) British situation comedy, which was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde, centered around Tom Good (Briers) and his wife/partner-in-crime Barbara […]

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Regional theatre stronger than ever in Bath

Following our 2009 interview with Penelope Keith on the stage of the Theatre Royal in Bath for the PBS special, More Funny Ladies of British Comedy, we spent a bit of down time getting the full understanding of the importance of regional theatre in the UK from one of the grand dames of British comedy. […]

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A Silver Jubilee Performance of The Good Life

At the conclusion of the myriad of events surrounding the recent Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, I started thinking back to the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when Her Majesty and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attended a taping of an episode of The Good Life (Good Neighbors in the States), starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, […]

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The Norman Conquests – finally!

Normally, when you put forth the time and effort to revisit the 70’s and watch what you remember as being brilliant television, chances are, you come away a bit disappointed. Such is not the case with the just released on DVD version of the 70’s classic, The Norman Conquests, from the PBS Great Performances series. […]

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Life imitates Art in The Good Life

Over the course of our Behind the Britcom interviews with Richard Briers and Penelope Keith from The Good Life (Good Neighbors in the U.S.), it was quite clear not only from the actors point of view, but also from the writer, Bob Larbey, that Tom and Barbara Good’s concept of self-sufficiency is more relevant today […]

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Connie Booth checks out of Fawlty Towers – for good

It’s an old story, but one worth re-telling. You’re an actor/actress targeted for life for a role done a lifetime ago. A legion of fans worldwide don’t want to let go. It’s something that every actor worries about. In the world of British comedy alone, just ask Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket), John Cleese (Basil Fawlty) […]

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Felicity, at 14:1, sets sights on Strictly Come Dancing title

Our next installment of tracking Felicity Kendal (Good Life, Rosemary and Thyme) as she moves one step closer to her goal of winning the title on Strictly Come Dancing has Felicity locked in a battle with sentimental audience favorite, Conservative MP, Anne Widdecombe. While Ms. Widdecombe, 63, has the decided age difference over Felicity, who […]

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Friday's Felicity time on Strictly Come Dancing

UK viewers, set your DVR’s for Friday, 1 October at 9:00p on BBC One and repeated Saturday, 2 October at 6:00p. It’s Strictly Come Dancing time with the program’s first live installment of the 2010 competition.  While we, in the States, won’t have access to the program, bookmark tellyspotting as the place to come to get updates […]

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