The Good Neighboring Podcast

Where lifelong friends re-watch the 1970s BBC comedy about self-sufficiency "The Good Life" (known in the US as "Good Neighbors") starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.
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Mar 15, 2017

In this minicast we discuss our personal libraries of self-sufficiency books, and look at the evolution of advice for those wanting to "get back to the land." From Walden Pond to hippie communes to the urban hipster chicken ranchers of today, there never fails to be an audience of would-be escapees from "the system."

Mar 12, 2017

When the Goods come down with fleas, everyone naturally assumes their animals are to blame. A visit from a council representative reveals otherwise and throws a wrench into Margot's political aspirations.

Mar 2, 2017

Margot confounds the Good's agricultural ambitions when she erects a windbreak in her back garden, throwing a dirty great shadow all over their soft fruit crop. It takes spite, some blue-collar bashing, several bottles of pea pod burgundy and just a whiff of wife-swapping to arrive at a solution. It's season 3, episode 5 of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. Contact us:

Feb 27, 2017

An encounter with fellow gardener Mr. Wakely convinces the Goods to experiment with talking to plants, but runs afoul of Margot's right wing coup of the Surbiton Music Society. This is episode 4 of the third season of The Good Life/Good Neighbors and features Battenburg cake, Mr. Chipchase's trusty pipe, an oversexed laboratory assistant, and plenty of Peter Dawson. Contact us:

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photo 2012 Mandy Mortimer
Feb 23, 2017

Tom and Barbara have an innovative solution to their transport problem, but it will require some additional cash. It just so happens the Leadbetters are in need of some domestic help, but Tom and Barbara find being servants in their friends' home is like being the wrong pigeon in the wrong pigeonhole.

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Feb 14, 2017

In this minicast we take a few minutes to talk about YOU, our loyal (we hope) listeners. Who the heck are you? Why do you listen? Herein are all the ways to contact us and make your voice heard.

Feb 1, 2017

The Goods anticipate the birth of their first litter of pigs. Tom thinks he has researched the matter thoroughly, but a runty piglet puts them to the test. Will efficiency become his god? This is the second episode of season three of The Good Life/Good Neighbors and features lecherous mini-cab drivers and running battles with idiot policemen.

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Jan 26, 2017

In this first episode of the third season, the Goods are exhausted with spring planting and try sleeping and waking in rhythm with the sun. Unfortunately the experiment puts them in conflict with their neighbors. It's all about the biological clock on this episode of the The Good Life/Good Neighbors.

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Jan 17, 2017

While taking classes at night school, Tom discovers that he is better at making pottery than weaving. When his pots take off in popularity the Goods are forced to reevaluate their priorities. Roof repairs, Engelbert Humperdinck and left-bank gigolos all play a role in episode 7, the finale of season 2 of The Good Life/Good Neighbors.

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Jan 9, 2017

While foraging wild-crafting on the golf course with his shotgun, Tom Good peers through the underbrush and murmurs to himself, "are those damsons?" Jerry couldn't care less - he had a golf game to lose, after all - but we did, and we set out to taste some Damsons (a variety of plum) we found in a local market. Just five minutes of vicarious astringency, today on Good Neighboring.

Jan 3, 2017

This podcast covers season 2, episode 6 of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. The Goods learn of a country property for sale and have very different reactions to the idea of moving out of their "little house" in Surbiton.

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Dec 22, 2016

Roast turkey. Crackers. Mince pies. Letters to Santa cast into the fireplace. In this minicast we look at British Christmas traditions from across the pond that may be unfamiliar to their American cousins. Just why DID Margo have a spare goose for Boxing Day?

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Dec 16, 2016

The Goods help the Leadbetters enjoy Christmas despite its failure to be delivered in a van. This special holiday episode features some memorable dialogue, political chickenpox and a game of balloon-through-the-crotch. Yuletide felicitations to you.

Dec 7, 2016


This episode focuses on Season 2, Episode 5 of of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. Margot has the lead in the Music Society's production of The Sound of Music, forcing Jerry to tell his boss "no" when asked to host visiting executives. We learn more about the Leadbetters in this episode, along with a surprise connection to Fawlty Towers. Don't trip over the mountains! Don't trip over the mountains!

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Nov 15, 2016

In season two, episode four of The Good Life (The Day Peace Broke Out) the Goods are plagued by the theft of more than a dozen leeks from their front garden. What would inspire such a crime of passion? This minicast is devoted to the history, lore, science and gardening of the allium family. 

Nov 12, 2016

This episode covers Season 2, Episode 4 of of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. Tom is the fastest gun in Surbiton when someone decides to start pinching the Goods' leek crop.

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Nov 8, 2016

This episode covers Season 2, Episode 3 of of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. A reporter writes a story about the Goods' unique lifestyle. With Jerry's help they parlay the press exposure into a chance to restock themselves, but both they and Margot learn not to count their journalistic chickens before they've hatched.

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Oct 24, 2016

In Season one of The Good Life Barbara asks Tom "can you HAVE goat's butter?" Of course you can, and in this minicast we set out to taste some along with goat yogurt. It's about twenty minutes devoted to the dairy of Capra aegagrus hircus. Cheers!

Oct 14, 2016

This episode covers Season 2, Episode 2 of of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. A couple of self-styled radicals from University are staying with Tom and Barbara to help clear their allotments. Each is obsessed with Tom in their own way, complicating everyone's lives. This episode reeks of trustifarian and surplus army jacket, and we might have to break your arm, or something. Cheers!

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Oct 11, 2016

This podcast covers Season 2, Episode 1 of The Good Life/Good Neighbors. Tom and Barbara find out that selling their garden surplus isn't going to be easy. We also discuss the intricacies of specialized Victorian flatware. Eugene!

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Sep 7, 2016

The Goods' first harvest is upon us as the Leadbetters head to Africa on safari. Tom discovers there are forces beyond his control to confound their plans, but there are silver linings too. This episode runs about one hour and twenty minutes. Contact us:

Sep 2, 2016

Tom wants to treat Barbara to a luxurious night out whether she wants it or not. Will he compromise the principles of their new, self-sufficient lifestyle? This episode runs a little over an hour and a half. Contact us:

Sep 2, 2016

Electricity blackouts loom in Surbiton as the "neo-marxists" at the power station flex their political muscles. Of course this won't effect people like Tom and Barbara Good who have their own manure-powered generators...or will it? This episode runs about an hour and a half. Contact us:

Aug 10, 2016

The Goods plan to keep pigs and Margot isn't having it. More tales of urban livestock and Tom's attempts to keep the world at arm's length. It's "Pig's Lib" this week on the fourth Good Neighboring Podcast, which runs about an hour and a quarter long. Contact us:

Aug 10, 2016

This week we discuss The Good Life/Good Neighbors Season 1 Episode 3 called "The Weaker Sex?" The Goods' first shoots are coming up in the garden. As the Goods commit fully to a self-sufficient lifestyle, Tom is revealed as an armchair revolutionary.  This episode runs a little over an hour. Contact us:

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