Sitcom Archive Deep Dive Overdrive (SADDO)

Sitcom Archive Deep Dive Overdrive (SADDO)

We love sitcoms. Particularly classic British sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s. They remind us of our happy childhoods, watching television with our families in the evenings, back when choice was limited to just three or four channels. Now – 30 or 40 years later – we still love to watch classic sitcoms like Rising Damp, Fawlty Towers, Porridge and more: it’s like going to visit an old friend with whom you immediately feel relaxed and comfortable. Starting with The Good Life (Good Neighbors to American audiences), we'll be taking a weekly deep dive into every single episode ever made of our favourite childhood sitcoms: examining the humour, characters, fashions and cringey bits together. Join us at saddo.club to get involved!... Show More

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February 23, 2021 41 min
As Jerry and Margo prepare to schmooze their way into Sir's good books to land Jerry the top job at JJM, Tom and Barbara are more concerned with making green dye from nettles and fashioning their own clothes. Which of the candidates from the creme de la Surbiton will 'Sir' ultimately pick for the job? Surely not the snivelling Snetterton!?!? #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://sadd...
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In this bonus episode, Alison is joined by James Hogg, author of 'More Than Just a Good Life' (the authorised biography of Richard Briers). James is an extremely successful biographer and ghost writer who in addition to authoring this tome about Dicky, has also written for and about Kenny Everett, Torvill & Dean, Gary Numan and Brian Blessed (among others). To buy James' excellent book on Richard Briers,click thro...
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When Tom accompanies Margo to Dorking, the manipulative bastard is delighted when she sets her heart (and Jerry's chequebook) on a spinning wheel. If he can convince Ernie (the crappest salesman in the west) to flog him a loom, will Tom & Barbara be able to add making their own clothes as a new undertaking to their already 82 hour week? #mental #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://saddo...
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When Barbara steps in to the breach to speak at the Townswomen's Guild, she's an instant hit. The only possible way she could go down any better is backlit, wearing a see-through dress in front of Robert Lindsay and his reprobate borstal pals! Meanwhile, Lenin the chicken decides to broaden his horizons by catching the no 71 to Kingston, and we deep dive a 2020 Fortnum & Mason hamper. #saddo #goodlife Check out the c...
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Margo's getting all 'ponied up' in jodhpurs and whip but not actually going to the pony club. What's going on? The Goods are determined to find out, even if it invokes the dreaded brass tone and zoom camera effect! It's the episode that introduces Eggs' woeful Bruce Forsythe impression and lays bare his Nan's voracious appetite for pornography (Jerry would be proud). #saddo #goodlife Check out the cor...
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In this bonus episode, we welcome Jim Cliff, show host of the superb 'Fallacious Trump' podcast and expert on logical fallacies (errors in reasoning which result in invalid arguments). Jim kindly takes the time to help Eggs see the wide and varied ways in which Margo engages in logical fallacies, including the 'Straw Man', 'appeal to emotion' and 'ad hominem' to name but a few! Check out and subscr...
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January 26, 2021 46 min
When all round good egg Jerry offers the Goods the keys to his black-silk-sheet laden shag pad in Mayfair for the weekend, Tom & Barbara jump at the chance of some 70s style luxury with all the latest mod-cons. In the Goods absence, Jerry and Margo tend to the goats, pigs and chickens - but will Tom and Barbara trust them enough to leave Geraldine (who has been suffering from the sniffles) in their capable hands? #saddo #good...
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When Barbara begins to feel efeminated (that's a word, right?), surely she can rely on her loving, considerate husband Tom to make her feel like a real woman? He wouldn't belittle her, gaslight her and call her a "silly bitch", would he? #totalbastard #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://saddo.club ( https://saddo.club/s01e22-tom-good-historys-greatest-monster )
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When the Good's iron range covers them in soot, they pop next door to bathe (together) in front of Jerry's rubber duck. Upon the discovery that Barbara has fleas, Margo is outraged, but is it the Goods livestock who are to blame or a certain 20 stone Tory from the Pony Club? #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://saddo.club ( https://saddo.club/s01e21-nudge-nudge-wink-wink-say-no-more )
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January 5, 2021 48 min
After 20 minutes of setup, involving a series of classic sitcom mixups and a beleaguered jobsworth handyman (who bravely refers to Margo as Lady Faceache), we get 10 minutes of classic British sitcom gold when the Goods and the Leadbetters come within a baw hair of wife-swapping, after swinging finally arrives in Surbiton from Epsom like a global pandemic... #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://...
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December 29, 2020 53 min
We finally take the bull by its horns and discuss Margo as a TV version of Margaret Thatcher. Back in Surbiton, in 1977, Margo is busy politicking her way back into the Surbiton Music Society at the expense of poor Dolly Mountshaft, while Barbara is giving Douglas the runner bean seed a lob on with her huskily whispered sweet nothings. #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://saddo.club ( https://s...
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December 22, 2020 48 min
We play our first ever game of Good Life Blankety Blank! Back in Surbiton (in 1977), the Leadbetter's 'help' have escaped for some blessed relief, meaning Tom & Barbara step into the breach, resulting - predictably - in fireworks! Meanwhile, Tom straps a garden bench to a rotary cultivator and takes to the streets at 7.5 miles-per-hour, sans tax, sans insurance and sans MOT. Fatalities must surely follow? #saddo #...
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December 15, 2020 42 min
Pinky starts farting out piglets in the middle of the night, including a runt which Tom wants to mercilessly abandon to a natural death but Barbara is having none of it! Jerry and Barbara head off on a mercy dash to find some midnight oxygen, aided by the most trusting old bill in history. Will they make it in time? Will the runt survive? And is Margo tracking the invasion of wife swapping from Epsom using Dads Army style TV cred...
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December 8, 2020 39 min
The insufferably chipper enthusiasm of the early-to-rise Tom and Barbara drives the Leadbetter's to distraction. Compromise is needed, if the Goods are to keep up the decade long loan of Margo's nutcrackers. Heading to bed ludicrously early to match their early-morning routines, the Goods find the allure of midnight board games too much to resist and end up tired and grumpy. It's the episode where a whistling passer-by...
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December 1, 2020 38 min
When the Goods and Margo head off to evening classes to broaden their respective skillsets, Jerry looks forward to weekly sessions in his maturbatorium with a cigar, Englebert and his latest jazz mags. Unfortunately, Margo can't abide the "perverted degenerate" hippy pottery teacher, meaning her new custom built shed (ahem, studio!) is destined to remain "a monument to one of your tantrums". #saddo #goodlife ...
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November 24, 2020 36 min
With Perky mercilessly slaughtered for his meat, the Goods arrange for Pinky to be porked by the local pig pimp's prize pig pumper. Said pig pimp advises Tom and Barbara to stop playing games and get themselves a few acres to do things properly. Will they go for it? Will Mrs Weaver take Barbara's place in Jerry's affections if she leaves, or will he take solace in sofa dancing to the New Seekers? #saddo #goodlife Che...
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In this, our very first bonus episode (containing our very first podcast guest), Eggs talks to his local sustainability zealot and friend Joe Simmonds about practical applications of sustainable living in contemporary society. Possible alternative bonus episode titles could well be 'lessons from Tom and Barbara' or 'Take that, Monty Don!' #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at https://sad...
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November 17, 2020 39 min
While Margo prepares for her debut as Maria in the Sound of Music by having a full-on breakdown, Jerry is busy deliberately losing at golf. Sir is unimpressed when Jerry refuses to put up some visiting businessmen at Chateau Leadbetter, and promptly sacks Jerry. Will the Goods be able to convince Sir to give Jerry his job back? And more importantly, are brushes a manly enough alternative to the great British comb? #saddo #goodlif...
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November 10, 2020 36 min
Tom is ropeable when he finds out that some chancer has been taking a leak in his garden. When he catches the culprit in the act, he opens a can of shoot-ass on him, John Wayne style, which results in an assault charge. In court, Tom goes full 'freeman on the land', resulting in him being sentenced to a spell in the clink. Will he become an institutionalised man, Shawshank style? Will Jerry make a move on Barbara while Tom...
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November 3, 2020 42 min
Tom is discommoded because his fork is broken and Barbara struggles to pronounce the word 'trousers'. Meanwhile, Margo is wetting her Harrod's knickers at the prospect of making it into the Observer and Jerry answers the phone in a very 70s way. It's the episode where Eggs lets us in on his quest for Good Life erotic fan fiction (the sick puppy). #saddo #goodlife Check out the corresponding show notes page at htt...
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