Giles and Sue Live the Good Life

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Technology Documentary hosted by Giles Coren and Sue Perkins, published by BBC in 2010 - English narration

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Thirty-five years after sitcom the Good Life first aired, writer Giles Coren and comedian Sue Perkins step back to 1975 to try to learn some self-sufficient skills and techniques. Although not living the life round the clock, the duo throw themselves in to recreating a distinctly Tom and Barbara lifestyle.

[edit] Getting Started

First they must work out how to light the solid fuel range and find information on how to grow your own veg and rear your own livestock in a pre-Google era. They manage to get some seeds in the ground before the first of the livestock, four excitable chickens and two frisky goats, arrive.

[edit] Is it a Good Life?

Midway through their adventure, Giles and Sue question whether the rewards of a self-sufficient life could ever outweigh the hard graft. Things get off to a farcical start with the arrival of two very mischievous Gloucester Old Spot pigs and deteriorate even further as Giles and Sue try their hands at making their own wine and pickled eggs. To boost their vegetable supply, they decide to take on an allotment, but eventually have to call in Gardeners' World regular Joe Swift to help them tackle an infestation of thistles.

[edit] Good Fortune

As Giles and Sue near the end of their adventure, they begin to question whether a self-sufficient lifestyle really is sustainable in suburbia. They explore ways to make or save money, flogging their veg to the neighbours and seeking help from energy boffin Monty Jopson, who shows them different ways to generate power.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: 1600 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 960x540
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59mins
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 730 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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