NEW ON BRITBOX

BritBox Canada has added both classic sitcoms “The Good Life” and “To The Manor Born” to their streaming service.

The Good Life was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde and starred Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith. Opening with the midlife crisis of Tom Good, a 40-year-old plastics designer, it relates the joys and miseries he and his wife Barbara experience when they attempt to escape modern commercial living by “becoming totally self-sufficient” in their home in Surbiton.

In To the Manor Born, Penelope Keith, plays Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, an upper-class woman who, upon the death of her husband, has to move out of her beloved manor house to the estate’s old lodge. She manages, however, to keep her butler, and her much loved Rolls-Royce 20/25 motorcar. The manor is then bought by Richard DeVere (played by Peter Bowles), a nouveau riche millionaire supermarket owner originally from Czechoslovakia. DeVere and fforbes-Hamilton have a love-hate relationship which is eventually resolved in the final episode in 1981, in which they marry. In the 2007 special, they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

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