The Goodies, 1970
The Goodies had met as undergraduates at Cambridge University. Up until 1973 they were regulars on the long running BBC Radio series “I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again”.
The series combined surreal sketches with situation comedy and was a TV hit for twelve years.
The Goodies ran for seventy four episodes over nine series. Eight of those with the BBC and one and a Christmas Special for ITV.
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.
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.
Listen to The Goodies being interviewed by Steve Wright In The Afternoon