TV Preview- Tribute to Good Life Creator tomorrow night

This Saturday night on BBC2 from eight o’clock there will be a tribute to Bob Larbey who sadly passed away on the thirty first of March.

The name might not be immediately recognisable to everyone but most viewers will have enjoyed his work over the years.

Many of his most famous programmes were written in partnership with John Esmonde who sadly passed away in 2008.

These two writers knew each other from school and after successfully submitting some material for television and radio had their first comedy series - Room at the Bottom - produced by the BBC in 1966.

When the BBC decided not to make their next series they took it to London Weekend Television who had a huge hit with Please Sir! - the school comedy originally starring John Alderton.

This series produced two spinoffs – The Fenn Street Gang and Bowler. Later the talented pair returned to the BBC to script The Good Life, about a couple who try to live off the land, which was a huge success.

Another BBC success was Ever Decreasing Circles where Richard Briers was cast as the fastidious Martin Bryce whose life is turned upside down with the arrival of his new popular neighbour Paul (Peter Egan).

The evening begins with a Tribute to Bob Larbey hosted by Penelope Keith. It is then followed by the Comedy Connections on Ever Decreasing Circles and a celebration called - All About the Good Life.

The tribute is very short and is therefore unlikely to feature all Bob and John’s collaborations and all the series Bob wrote on his own which included A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By.

Bob Larbey was one of the great television comedy writers – and it is only right that his legacy is acknowledged.

Ian K