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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".

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Geoffrey Palmer and Sally Green - 'Oldie of the Year Awards' - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th February 2013

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Geoffrey Palmer, June Whitfield and Gilly Cooper - 'Oldie of the Year Awards' - Inside - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th February 2013

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Sarah Green and Geoffrey Palmer - Sarah Green and Geoffrey Palmer Monday 5th November 2012 The 24th Chickenshed Annual Fundraising Gala at The Guildhall

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ANDREW SACHS and Geoffrey Palmer - Andrew Sachs, Geoffrey Palmer and Brian MacArthur, London, England - Oldie of the Year Awards 2011 held at Simpsons in the Strand London - Inside. Thursday 10th February 2011

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Mrs. Brown Review


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Judi Dench earned an Oscar nod for her spot-on portrayal of the troubled Queen Victoria (two years before winning an Oscar for repeat royal performances as Queen Elizabeth in two 1999 films). In the 1860s, Victoria was inconsolable after the death of her beloved husband, so she sends for hubby's favorite horsemaster, Mr. Brown (Connolly). Brown succeeds in bringing her out of her coccoon of misery, but not without drawing the attention of a nosy press and nearly toppling the monarchy in the process. The socio-political side of Mrs. Brown is not so well-realized as the emotional side of the relationship between Brown and Victoria, a gut-wrenching analysis of station and the politics of the heart.
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