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Ulrika Jonsson Advocates...
The Good Life

"'The Good Life' opened the British public's eyes to four of our greatest acting talents and established them as linchpins of the British sitcom scene".

"It proved that you could set a sitcom amongst the British upper middle classes with a witty, wordy and gentle script and still pull in twenty million viewers".

"It gave the world Margot Leadbetter, put Surbiton on the map, introduced the idea of downshifting to British public, and was suitable viewing for all the family".

"It married the writing genius of Esmond and Larbey with the producing talent of John Howard Davies who all went on to bring us some of the UK's most popular sitcoms ('To the Manor Born', 'Brush Strokes' etc). It was 'The Good Life' that started the ball rolling".

"Felicity Kendal - her face smudged with dirt - donning dungarees and wellies and launching a million sexual fantasies - she was voted Rear of the Year in 1981".

"And most of all, perhaps, the show knew when to bow out. After only 4 series - 30 shows - the writers and actors decided that they had taken it as far as they could. Many other sitcoms could learn a valuable lesson"!

About the Advocate
Ulrika Jonsson is a television personality, presenter, and comedian.
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What You Think

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

I agree with everything Ulrika said. All the cast were fabulous but I think the true star of "The Good Life" has to be Penelope Keith, as it is her character to makes me laugh the most, and let's face it, she has those catchphrases that we just cannot forget! Margo forever!
- Rachel A., UK

Thanks for the tribute to a truly great sitcom - I agreed with so many of the sentiments shared by the contributors especially with how it related to its time and indeed its timeless qualities but why was their no contribution from Felicity Kendall - this was a huge gaping omission in the show and will probably cost it the prize. It would have been wonderful to hear from her.
- Andrew M., England.

Good clean family entertainment!
- Margaret V., England

Someone tell Ulrika that the Queen is "Her Majesty" not Her Royal Highness"!
- Nick, UK

Honest, hilarious and immortal sitcom..THE BEST I HAVE SEEN!
- Niranjan, UK

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