Families will try and live The Good Life for real in TV experiment

Classic 1970s sitcom The Good Life is to be recreated for real in a BBC experiment.

Tom and Barbara Good made their Surbiton home self-sufficient more than 40 years ago and now individuals, couples and families will soon be trying to do the same.

Cameras will follow them as they attempt to live off their own land, avoiding packaging and ever-rising supermarket prices.

Instead they will dig up their gardens to grow their own organic food to live off.

In the hit TV comedy, Richard Briers’ character packed in his job and he and Barbara (Felicity Kendal) gave up their well-heeled lifestyle to live off almost no income.

Their front and back gardens became allotments growing soft fruit and vegetables and they had chickens, pigs Pinky and Perky, a goat called Geraldine and Lenin the cockerel.

They generated their own electricity from methane created by animal waste, made their own clothes and bartered surplus crops for essentials they couldn’t make themselves.

The show originally ran for four series and two specials from April 1975 to June 1978 on BBC One.

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