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'The Good Life' & 'As Time Goes By' Writer, Bob Larbey, Dies Aged 79

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Bob Larbey, the co- writer of the classic British sitcom The Good Life, has died. Larbey's agent confirmed his death to the BBC on Saturday (5th April). Larbey died in London on 31st March at the age of 79.

Larbey worked alongside his comedy writing partner John Esmonde (who died in 2008) for over thirty years and collaborated on a number of shows which have come to be regarded as quintessentially British classics. The Good Life which starred Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as a couple who, whilst living in suburbia next to their nosy and materialistic neighbours (played by Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington), attempt to lead a self-sufficient, natural life. The series became Larbey and Esmonde's most successful series, running for over three years and attracting audiences in their millions.

Read more: Felicity Kendal: "I Regret Losing Touch With Richard Briers".

Continue reading: 'The Good Life' & 'As Time Goes By' Writer, Bob Larbey, Dies Aged 79

Picture - Jeffrey Archer and Felicity Kendal... London United Kingdom, Thursday 13th March 2014

Jeffrey Archer and Felicity Kendal - David Frost - memorial unveiling and service of remembrance held at Westminster Abbey - Departures. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

Picture - Felicity Kendal - David Frost... London United Kingdom, Thursday 13th March 2014

Felicity Kendal - David Frost - memorial unveiling and service of remembrance held at Westminster Abbey - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

Relatively Speaking At Wyndham's Theatre: Review Round-Up

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Relatively Speaking was, in 1967, Alan Ayckbourn's first West End hit and now, some 43 years later the play still has the ability to draw in an audience and prove it's enduring quality. Lindsay Posner's production of the play is currently gracing Wyndham's Theatre on the West End, with critics generally agreeing that the show is still relevant and entertaining today as it was in the late 60's.

In what is the first attempt to revive the stage show since it's 1967 debut, critics tend to agree that the show has retained much of it's comedic allure the story is a well thought and engaging one. Still, the play hasn't exactly balled over everyone, as critics have pointed out that while the original elements that made the show so good are still relatively intact, there seems to be something missing in the show that stars Felicity Kendal (interestingly, her Good Life co-star Richard Briers featured in the original), Kara Tointon and Jonathan Coy.

The Evening Standard notes that whilst the first 20 minutes of the show are a little flat, the story soon picks up and Ayckbourn’s deftness becomes much easier to notice and appreciate. The review also nots that Posner's direction and set designer Peter McKintosh's end product has presented a wonderful example of the blandness of suburban life. At the end though the review ends on a sour conclusion, noting that many of the jokes are dated and predictable and whilst some of the performances are admirable (in particular Coy's), the play lacks " real charm."

Continue reading: Relatively Speaking At Wyndham's Theatre: Review Round-Up

Picture - Felicity Kendal - Felicity Kendal... London United Kingdom, Monday 20th May 2013

Felicity Kendal - Felicity Kendal leaving Relatively Speaking at the Wyndham's Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th May 2013

Picture - Felicity Kendal - Press night... London United Kingdom, Monday 25th March 2013

Felicity Kendal - Press night performance of 'Peter And Alice' at the Noel Coward Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 25th March 2013

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