Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Good Life - RIP Bob Larbey

 News of another sad passing now, TV scriptwriter Bob Larbey (pictured above on the right with his co-writer John Esmonde) has died aged 79. 

Larbey was most famous for being the co-writer and co-creator of the hit BBC series The Good Life, the delightful sitcom of Surbiton self sufficiency which starred Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

That would be enough for most writing teams really; one stonking hit. But Esmonde and Larbey were also responsible for the wonderful Ever Decreasing Circles in the 1980s which they penned for their The Good Life star Richard Briers and which has recently enjoyed a much desired repeat run on BBC4. Then there was Please Sir! and the National Service RAF sitcom Get Some In both for ITV, and Brush Strokes the sitcom about a charming painter and decorator played by Karl Howman which is about to get a repeat on the Drama channel starting this Monday at 7pm.

Lesser received or remembered, but still very funny and entertaining sitcoms, from their pen included The Other One with Briers and Michael Gambon and Mulberry which starred Karl Howman and Geraldine McEwan.

Solo, Larbey also wrote A Fine Romance for real life husband and wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams which enjoyed a good run on ITV in the 1980s. 

It really feels like the end of an era now; Esmonde passed away in 2008 and we sadly lost Briers just last year.


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