The Goodies, 1970 – 1982
The Goodies combined surreal sketches with situation comedy and was a TV hit for twelve years. Running for 74 episodes over nine series, broadcast on the BBC between 1970 and 1977. Returning in 1980 for one last series on the BBC, before making it’s final appearance for LWT on the ITV network.
The basic idea revolved around the trio of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graham Garden, always short of money, offering themselves for hire — with the tagline “We Do Anything, Anytime” — to perform all sorts of ridiculous but generally benevolent tasks.
Under this loose pretext, the show explored all sorts of madcap scenarios for comedy potential. Many episodes parodied current events of the time. There was also the occasional Monty Python send up.
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Channel: BBC2 (1970 – 1981), ITV (1981 – 1982)
Original Transmission Dates: 8th November 1970 – 13th February 1982
Kitten Kong (episode seven from season two) is the only Goodie episode that is officially missing from BBC archives. However an expanded version of the episode called ‘Kitten Kong: Montreux ’72 Edition’ especially made for 1972 Montreux festival does exist believed to have only minor differences with its 1971 prototype. The Goodies were awarded the Silver Rose, at the 1972 Montreux festival for this special episode. Several other episodes that were originally screened in colour only exist as black and white telerecording made for overseas sales.