1934 - 2013
I was greatly saddened to hear of the departure of Richard Briers this afternoon. This actor had entertained me for years. From my earliest childhood memories right up to his death.
His acting was brilliant and cleverly delivered. He captured the hearts of the nation in 'The Good Life'. And his voice captured the minds of children with his story telling in the Television cartoon series 'Rhubarb & Custard'.
Even though he had won the hearts of young and old he continued to push himself and when he turned to the classics with Sir Richard Branagh it was clear that he was not only suited to the roles of King Lear, Malvolio etc. but that these roles had perhaps been waiting for him.
But for so many, it will be 'The Good Life' that he will be best remembered. His two fingers to the establishment and the system we ourselves also dislike; in that wonderful television series is still very relevant to all of us today.
The character wanted out of the system and he achieved it 'just about'. Richard was brilliant, his famous whistle as he worked was adopted by many. Sometimes I myself find myself whistling his same tune on many an occasion.
For me there are few greater legends of TV and big screen. A brilliant performer that many young actors could learn a great deal.
Fair well Richard and safe journey