The Goodies, 1970

The Goodies had met as undergraduates at Cambridge University.  Up until 1973 they were also regulars on the long running BbC Radio series I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again.

The Goodies series combined surreal sketches with situation comedy and was a TV hit for twelve years.  Running for seventy four episodes over nine series.  Eight with the BBC and one and a Christmas Special for ITV.

 

Summary

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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Cast

Tim Brooke-Taylor
Bill Oddie
Graham Garden

Details

Channel: BBC2 (1970 – 1981), ITV (1981 – 1982)
Written By:
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Bill Oddie
Graham Garden
Original Transmission Dates: 8th November 1970 – 13th February 1982

Missing Episodes:

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.

 

 

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  1. Tony Payne

    I was reminded of The Goodies last night while watching Masterchef on tv. The cooks had to prepare pastries for some stars of 1970’s and 1980’s comedy shows, and both Bill Oddie and Tim Brook Taylor were there, as well as Wendy Craig and others from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi De Hi, Are You Being Served, Open All Hours and Allo Allo. Even Rodney Bewes (The Likely Lads) was there.

    It was good to see some of the old faces again, and thinking back to The Goodies, I still love the Black Pudding sketches about Ecky Thump. Absolutely hilarious.

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