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!

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July 20, 2021 1 min

We're back with Series 2 of the SADDO podcast - The Sitcom Archive Deep Dive Overdrive. This time around we're focusing on all 12 episodes of the enduringly popular 70s classic Fawlty Towers. Here's a sneak preview....



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As we sadly reach the conclusion of our Good Life odyssey, the focus is all on Her Maj and Big Phil as they arrive at BBC Television Centre to attend the recording of the episode Lizzie herself insisted on.

But does the Queen even know who Felicity Kendal is, despite this being her favourite show? And will big Phil say anything racist to the assembled BBC bigwigs? 


Once the pomp is out of the way, we suffer 2 middle aged dickheads wi...

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March 16, 2021 49 min

It's the famous Christmas episode of The Good Life! Will Margo's Christmas tree meet her oh-so-specific height requirements? WTF is canasta? What is the correct ettiquette for recreating the noise of a banging cracker, vocally? Is Eggs' arse crack normal?


We'll find out all this and more in this belter of an episode, which is decidedly silly....but fun!


#saddo #goodlife


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March 9, 2021 64 min

As we reach the final episode (excluding the specials), there's heartbreak for the Goods as anarchist burglars break in and obscenely graffiti the words "naff off" on the wall.


Meanwhile, Sir finally comes to a decision on his successor at JJM.


#saddo #goodlife


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March 2, 2021 49 min

Jerry's gin addled mind has him convinced that proving his opponent's nose is cosmetically enhanced is the best way to land his dream job.


Meanwhile, Tom has his eye on the oil Mrs Weaver left behind when she upped sticks to Esher to embrace the wife swapping invasion en route from Epsom.


#saddo #goodlife


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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


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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).


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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


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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


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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).


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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!


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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 #goodlife


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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 credits?


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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 g...

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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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