Four original BBC television episodes of the much-loved classic
sitcom starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington
and Penelope Keith. Surbiton's most famous residents bring
their endearingly funny mix of self-reliance and snobbery
to audio, in another collection of hilarious episodes...
is the third double CD collection which sees the classic '70s
BBC TV series being transferred to audio CDs. Each episode
also has additional commentary by Penelope Keith that helps
to flesh out some of the action that is going on in the episodes.
Keith is used sparingly, and thankfully only explains what
is going on when it is absolutely necessary.
in this collection include:
Guru of Surbiton (originally broadcast on 12 December
1975): Two students arrive to help out Tom and Barbara in
the garden, and hail Tom as their new messiah. A lot of the
gags here revolve around the fact that the female student
fancies Tom, while the male student looks up to Tom as a role
model - much to Barbara's amusement. It's interesting to see
that students in the '70s were looked upon as the dregs of
society - a lot like travellers are now.
Fix-It (originally broadcast on 19 December 1975): A freelance
reporter writes a story about the Goods, and Margo and Jerry
try to use the publicity for their own benefit. This episode
sees the first mention of Margo's appearance in the local
amateur dramatics society production of The Sound of Music
- something that comes to a head in the last episode in this
collection. Jerry acts as the Good's manager as he talks local
businesses into using the Good endorsement on their products
in exchange for various goods and services - with his commission
being a boat from one of the local businesses. But when everything
falls through everyone has more than egg on their faces.
Day Peace Broke Out (originally broadcast on 02 January
1976): Someone has been stealing leeks from Tom's garden.
When he shoots the thief with an air rifle, he is charged
with assault and has to go to court. This episode sees Tom
standing up for his principles, by refusing to be bound over
to keep the peace. He claims he can't make a promise that
he won't break the law again if another thief steals from
him. So, the judge sends him to jail for 30 days. After two
days the pressure is beginning to show and Jerry has some
(originally broadcast on 09 January 1976): Jerry's boss asks
him to put up a Dutch businessman on the same night Margo
is playing Maria in The Sound of Music. When he refuses,
he is sacked - can the Goods help? This episode sees the big
opening night for Margo's starring role in The Sound of
Music. As she is having difficulties remembering her lines
things don't look too promising. Meanwhile Jerry's sacking
makes the Leadbetters realise that the Goods are probably
their only true friends, when Jerry's work associates all
shun him once they realise he is unemployed.
four episodes in this collection are as funny now as they
were back in the mid-'70s. Grab yourself a slice of classic