In The Good Life Briers played the hapless Tom Good, a draughtsman who decided to abandon the office rat race and live off the land. Instead of moving to the country, however, he and his wife Barbara Felicity Kendal eviscerated the lawn at their suburban home, planted vegetables and kept livestock — all to the horror of their relentlessly middle-class next door neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. With his omnipresent grin and boyish mannerisms, Briers proved perfect for the role.
From to Briers starred in another popular sitcom, Ever Decreasing Circles. Penelope Wilton played his long-suffering wife and Peter Egan the too-smooth neighbour. Felicity Kendal on Richard Briers: Olivia Williams remembers Richard Briers. Christmas with my father, Richard Briers. Richard Briers in pictures. Lambe, the former vicar of an affluent rural parish, had to knuckle down to life in a tough Midlands city and meet its challenging problems.
His father, Joe Briers, was, among other things, a bookmaker, but found it hard to hold down a job and frittered away money in pubs.
We were always on the edge, so I grew up in a slightly tense atmosphere. The family lived at Raynes Park, south-west London, and occasionally received handouts from a wealthy relation. His screen idols as a boy were James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. He made his professional debut at the Playhouse Theatre in Liverpool, where he met his wife, Ann Davies, herself an actress.
His childhood poverty made him yearn for financial security; he seized every opportunity that came his way, and was careful with his money. Although he was a success in the first series, he declined to take part in a second, despite being offered double the money. Created specially for him, Marriage Lines was the series that established him in the public eye. The Satterfield Saga Book 7 Jan 04, Temporarily out of stock.
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