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Subject: The Good Life co-writer Bob Larbey dies aged 79

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/05/14 at 1:35 am

The co-writer of classic BBC sitcom The Good Life, Bob Larbey, has died at the age of 79, his agent has confirmed. The 1970s hit show about two neighbouring suburban couples was one of a string of TV successes, spanning four decades, for Larbey and co-writer John Esmonde, who died in 2008. Their joint hits included Ever Decreasing Circles, Brush Strokes and Please Sir! Larbey's solo successes included A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By. But his biggest hit came alongside Esmonde with The Good Life. It chronicled a middle class couple's attempt at self sufficiency in suburban Surbiton, which did not impress their well-heeled neighbours.

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