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Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

An affectionate tribute to the talents of actress Penelope Keith, featuring interviews with colleagues and friends and clips from programmes such as `The Good Life'. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Penelope Keith
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Thorne
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Briers
Interviewed Guest:
John Howard Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Ned Sherrin
Narrator:
Jonathan Kydd

The Good Life

When I'm 65

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Special edition of the comedy series recorded in the presence of the Queen. After Jerry takes out another endowment policy, the Goods begin to plan for their old age. Show more

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington
Margo Leadbetter:
Penelope Keith
Mr Downs, the bank manager:
George Cole
Writer:
Bob Larbey

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

Episode 6: The Germans

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Classic sitcom about a Torquay hotel run by disaster-prone Basil Fawlty. A party of Germans and a fire drill turn Fawlty Towers upside down.

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

Episode 4: The Hotel Inspectors

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Classic sitcom about a manic hotelier. Basil is terrified when he hears some hotel inspectors are in town.

Contributors

Basil Fawlty:
John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty:
Prunella Scales
Polly Sherman:
Connie Booth
Miss Tibbs:
Gilly Flower
Mr Hutchinson:
Bernard Cribbins
Miss Gatsby:
Renee Roberts
Major Gowen:
Ballard Berkeley

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

Episode 2: The Builders

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Classic sitcom about a manic hotelier. Basil decides to have some alterations made to the hotel, but havoc ensues when he takes the cheaper option.

Contributors

Basil Fawlty:
John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty:
Prunella Scales
Polly Sherman:
Connie Booth
Miss Gatsby:
Renee Roberts
Major Gowen:
Ballard Berkley
Miss Tibbs:
Gilly Flower
O'Reilly:
David Kelly

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

Episode 3: The Wedding Party

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Cambridgeshire

Classic sitcom about a manic hotelier. Fawlty Towers is expecting some wedding guests, and Basil decides to defend the hotel's standard of morality.

Contributors

Basil Fawlty:
John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty:
Prunella Scales
Polly Sherman:
Connie Booth
Mrs. Lloyd:
Diana King

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

A Touch of Class

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Basil tries to improve the class of the hotel's clientele.

Contributors

Basil Fawlty:
John Cleese
Sybil Fawlty:
Prunella Scales
Polly Sherman:
Connie Booth
Mr. Watson:
Lionel Wheeler
Sir Richard Morris:
Martin Wyldeck
Danny Brown:
Robin Ellis
Lord Melbury:
Michael Gwynn
Major Gowen:
Ballard Berkeley
Mr. Wareing:
Terence Conoley
Mr. MacKenzie:
David Simeon

Fawlty Towers

Series 1

Episode 5: Gourmet Night

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC One Yorkshire

Classic sitcom about a hotel run by disaster-prone Basil Fawlty and his overbearing wife Sybil. Basil's new chef tries to turn Fawlty Towers into a gourmet's paradise.

Contributors

Basil Fawlty:
John Cleese
Miss Tibbs:
Gilly Flower
Miss Gatsby:
Renee Roberts
Master Heath:
Tony Page
Mrs Hall:
Ann Way

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Biography of British film pioneer William Friese-Greene, who designed and patented a working cinematic camera. His life was dogged by hardship and lack of recognition. Show more

Contributors

William Friese-Greene:
Robert Donat
Edith Friese-Greene:
Margaret Johnston
Helena Friese-Greene:
Maria Schell
Maurice Friese-Greene:
John Howard Davies
Lord Beaverbrook:
Robert Beatty
Arthur Collings:
Eric Portman
May Jones:
Glynis Johns
Platform Man:
Cecil Parker
Assistant in Laboratory:
David Tomlinson
Bank Manager:
Emlyn Williams
Hotel Receptionist:
Kay Walsh
Police Officer:
Laurence Olivier
Maida Vale Doctor:
Leo Genn
House Agent:
Marius Goring
Industry Man:
Peter Ustinov
Nursemaid:
Sheila Sim
Broker's Man:
Stanley Holloway
Miss Tagg:
Renee Asherson
Company Promoter:
Roland Culver
Ethel Friese-Greene:
Janette Scott
Cousin Alfred:
Bernard Miles
Mrs Claire:
Joyce Grenfell
Maurice Guttenberg:
Frederick Valk
Official Receiver:
Michael Hordern
Sergeant in Storeroom:
Sydney James
Doctor's Housekeeper:
Thora Hird
Recruiting Sergeant:
William Hartnell
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Googie Withers
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Richard Murdoch
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Sybil Thorndike
Mrs Stukely:
Joan Hickson
Industry Man:
Peter Jones
Director:
John Boulting

Steptoe and Son

Series 7

Episode 7: The Desperate Hours

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Classic comedy about the rag-and-bone men. There's no electricity, no gas, no food, no booze and no fags - and, on top of that, two unwelcome visitors drop by. Show more

Comedy Connections

Series 3

Episode 1: Monty Python's Flying Circus

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Series charting the history of some of the best British comedy shows looks at the inside story of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Doon Mackichan
Participant:
John Cleese
Participant:
Michael Palin
Participant:
Eric Idle
Participant:
Terry Gilliam
Participant:
Carol Cleveland
Participant:
John Howard Davies
Participant:
Paul Fox
Series Producer:
Toby Stevens

The Good Life

Series 1

Episode 4: Pig's Lib

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Seventies sitcom about a couple who decide to become self-sufficient. Margo is horrified when she hears of Tom and Barbara's decision to keep pigs in the garden. Show more

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbetter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington

The Good Life

Series 1

Episode 6: The Pagan Rite

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Seventies sitcom about a couple who decide to become self-sufficient. As Tom and Barbara's savings dwindle, Tom sets about earning some extra money. Show more

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbetter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington
Sir Andrew :
Reginald Marsh
Felicity:
Moyra Fraser
Writer:
Bob Larbey

The Good Life

Series 1

Episode 3: The Weaker Sex?

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Sitcom. Things are starting to happen in Tom's garden, but Barbara is feeling the effects of the boring and tiring work.

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbeatter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington
G.P.O. Man:
Paul McDowell

The Good Life

Series 1

The Thing in the Cellar

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Sitcom. To practice self-sufficiency successfully, every resource must be utilised - even animal dung - so Tom decides to build a generator.

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbetter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington
Angler:
Ray Mort

The Good Life

Series 1

Backs to the Wall

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Seventies sitcom about a couple who decide to become self-sufficient. Tom and Barbara receive help from an unexpected quarter when harvest time comes around and Tom sprains his back.

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Jerry Leadbeatter:
Paul Eddington
Margo Leadbeatter:
Penelope Keith
Writer:
Bob Larbey

The Good Life

Series 4

Episode 1: Away from It All

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Margo and Jerry persuade Tom and Barbara to stay in a luxurious flat for the night. How will Margo and Jerry cope with looking after the Goods' animals? Show more

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbetter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter:
Paul Eddington

The Good Life

Series 4

Episode 3: Our Speaker Today

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Sitcom. Barbara gets Margo out of a fix when a speaker at her society lets her down. Barbara gives a talk about self-sufficiency at Margo's women's group. Show more

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbeatter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbeatter:
Paul Eddington
Lady Truscott:
Angela Thorne
Lady in Home:
Robert Lindsay
Writer:
Bob Larbey

The Good Life

Series 4

Episode 7: The Anniversary

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

70s sitcom about a couple farming for self-sufficiency in the suburbs. Has the good life come to an end for Tom and Barbara?

The Good Life

Series 3

Episode 5: The Windbreak War

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

War breaks out between the Goods and the Leadbetters - there is nothing like a good fight over the fence to cement relationships.

Contributors

Barbara Good:
Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbeatter:
Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbeatter:
Paul Eddington
Mr Bailey:
Timothy Bateson