Category: The Goodies 50th Anniversary

The Goodies 50th Anniversary

Special Goodies 50th Anniversary Event at BFI Southbank – 19th April 2020

Special Goodies 50th Anniversary Event at BFI Southbank – 19th April 2020

(From the BFI Website

From the Archive: The Goodies at 50!

Discussion and Q&A with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden

The Goodies join us to discuss their fantastic legacy and relive some of the comedy magic.

Fifty years ago, three comedy talents – Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie – came together to unleash a wave of mayhem in The Goodies, a fast-paced mélange of surreal ideas, slapstick and film trickery that resulted in a colourful ‘live-action cartoon’ that became a much-loved viewer favourite. We’re pleased to welcome Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie to the BFI stage to celebrate this golden anniversary.

Tickets are available to non BFI Members from 10th March and can be booked here..

Slapstick Festival: The Goodies 50th Anniversary Poll The Result!

Slapstick Festival: The Goodies 50th Anniversary Poll The Result!

(From Slapstick Festival and C&G 222 November 2019)


As fans of The Goodies will know, 2020 is a notable year

for everyone’s favourite surreal, anarchic, innovative and

always brilliant TV series, as it represents 50 years

since the show first aired on the BBC.

To mark this notable anniversary we’ve decided it’s time

to definitively end (or perhaps start!) the argument

“which is the best episode of The Goodies of all time” via

the medium of an online poll!

The Top 5 Goodies Episodes

5. The Movies

4. Goodies Rule – O.K.?

3. Bunfight at the O.K. Tearooms

2. Kitten Kong

Slapstick Festival: The Goodies 50th Anniversary Poll The Result!


Kung Fu Kapers is (by public vote) the Best episode of The Goodies of all time!



Special ‘Limited Addition’ Goodies 50th Anniversary Artwork available at Slapstick.

From Slapstick Festival Facebook page

Coming along to our The Goodies: 50th Anniversary *Nearly Sold Out* event? We will a special limited edition print for sale illustrated by Gary Andrews! This print will only be available at the the event and will be £20.

Please note this is only available at The Goodies 50th Anniversary Event at Slapstick, head to to find out obtaining tickets. 

Only a few hours left to Vote for your Favourite Goodies Episode in Slapstick Poll!

The Goodies 50th Anniversary Poll – The Poll

2020 marks the 50th Anniversary since the broadcast of the first episode of The Goodies! We’ve gone through all 77 episodes with the help of The Goodies themselves (and a few of our celebrity friends) and narrowed them down to 10.


Help us choose the best episode of The Goodies! Choose your favourite from the list below. The episode earning the most votes will be screened at Slapstick’s 50th Anniversary of The Goodies event in Bristol on January 25th in the company of the trio: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie.


Tickets and more info can be found here:

To cast your vote head here!



Introducing ‘The Goodies 50th Anniversary Hub’!

As next year will be the year of THE  GOODIES.  The Goodies 50th Anniversary Hub will be the special dedicated section on The Goodies At No Fixed Abode Fan Club to follow ALL Goodies 50th Anniversary stuff.

For now though stay tuned to GANFA’s (yes, why not? 😁 )  social media feeds and website to keep up with any latest Goodies happenings… 

The Goodies 50th Anniversary Hub

‘Goodies fans asked to choose favourite episode’



An online poll asking fans to choose their favourite episode from surreal 1970s TV series The Goodies has been launched to mark its 50th anniversary.

Chris Daniels, from Slapstick Festival, said it was “about reminding people how great classic comedy was and can be”.

The show starred Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

Graeme Garden said: “The BBC gave us free reign and amazing support. It would be difficult to make it today, health and safety would stop it.”

The Goodies was made up of sketches and situation comedy and was written by the three stars, who met at university. It was well-known for its silliness and an early user of chroma key special effects.

Mr Garden said people’s favourite episodes mentioned to him were “Kitten Kong, Radio Goodies, Goodies and the Beanstalk and String”.

Remembering how they came up with Kitten Kong, he said: “Godzilla and King Kong were popular monster movies and we wanted to make one with the least threatening creature we could think of.

“The kitten turned out to be pretty threatening all the same. I remember we were pioneering early technology such as blue-screen – nowadays it’s green-screen.

“For its time the effects were not bad, but I think the audience enjoyed the slightly ropey sequences.”


When asked why the Goodies were still so popular, he said: “Dare I suggest it’s because the show is funny?

“It seems to have lodged in people’s memories pretty firmly, as most won’t have seen it for 40 years.”


All three Goodies will be present when the most popular episode is screened on 25 January at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol.

Chris Daniels said: “I think there’s something special about watching the work of great artists when they’re present in the room with you.

“The Goodies are a phenomenon and in terms of slapstick their credentials couldn’t be higher – the comedy is intelligent, visual and very funny.

“We’re a nostalgic festival unashamedly and it’s important that these great artists of the past are not forgotten, that they’re still celebrated by fans and also by new audiences.”


Another big fan, comedian Omid Djalili, said: “Without a shadow of a doubt growing up as a child my favourite Goodies episode was Kitten Kong.

“I was already familiar with King Kong v Godzilla, so to see a giant kitten straddling the Post Office Tower was the second funniest thing I’d ever seen.”

When asked about his favourite episode, comedian Matt Lucas said: “Kitten Kong. Seminal.”

Comedian Tim Vine said: “I have a clear childhood memory of the thrill I felt watching the Goodies being chased by a giant Dougal from Magic Roundabout. That’s the episode I’d choose.”


When asked if comedy had changed in the past 50 years, Graeme Garden said: “Yes, although people still laugh at the same things.

“For a time comedy became rather cruel and mean-spirited, but I think the warmth is creeping back.”

He said his favourite episodes “varied from day to day” but said: “Today it’s probably Bunfight at the OK Tearoom. It’s a fun western spoof with some good set pieces.

“And of course the ‘scon/scoan’ debate. But you have to remember there are many shows I haven’t seen for years, and are only faint memories now.”


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