The Good Life, When I’m Sixty Five, 1978

This popular ground breaking sitcom gave us a glimpse into the future with it’s green themed issues.  When I’m Sixty Five was the final episode filmed before Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh.  It was broadcast as part of the 1978 Royal Variety Performance.  By the time this final episode was filmed the series had attracted twenty million viewers.

The episode was originally broadcast in a 45-minute slot with footage either side of the 30-minute episode showing the Royal Party entering and exiting.


Jerry is having a medical so he can take out yet another pension policy, as he and Margo are determined to enjoy their retirement.

This makes Tom realise that he has no pension plans at all, so goes to his bank manager Mr Downs (George Cole) to propose that he get a pension from the bank and in return they get his house when he and Barbara are dead.

This idea is now called equity release, however on Tom’s figures Mr Downs calls it “fantasy”. Jerry, frightened by the results of his medical, buys a load of exercise equipment and takes up jogging; so Tom challenges him to a race to prove who is fitter.







Richard Briers
Felicity Kendal
Paul Eddington
Penelope Keith
George Cole


Channel: BBC1
Written By: John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Originally Transmitted: 10th June 1978


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