Category: The Goodies

‘Goodies fans asked to choose favourite episode’

From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-50505324?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR2kPupy7sqzOpu3C8ZfmotcdDA-my1CDaSLi8xG8M1b8cSHb0bt6olv8Rw

 

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.”

 

The Goodies: Snow White 2 showing at the BFI Southbank

The Crackerjack Pantomime: Robinson Crusoe

BBC 1975. Dir Robin Nash. With Peter Glaze, Don Maclean, Ed Stewart, Jan Hunt. 65min

Various BBC sitcom stars (John Laurie, John Inman, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle) joined the regular Crackerjack cast for this slapstick-heavy romp with a sprinkling of intentionally corny jokes, some of which may offend the sensibilities of a modern audience and demonstrate how things have changed.

+ The Goodies: Snow White 2

ITV 1981. Dir Bob Spiers. With Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor. 25min

In their typical, lightning-paced and zany style, The Goodies brilliantly deconstruct the entire pantomime tradition.

SAT 28 DEC 15:30 NFT2

 

Tickets

 

THE GOODIES IN THE OFFICIAL DVD CHARTS!

 

Between the week 30th September to 6th October 2018.  The Goodies: The Complete BBC Collection DVD Boxset came No. 14 in the Official TV on Video Chart Top 50. 

https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/tv-on-video-chart/20180930/30/

 

Congratulations to all three Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie!

 

 

Don’t forget you can buy The Goodies: The Complete BBC Years and also the latest release The Goodies: The Complete Collection (BBC & LWT Series) from networkonair.com, amazon.co.uk, HMV and also can be found at Sainsbury’s. 

THE GOODIES IN THE OFFICIAL DVD CHARTS!

Between the week 30th September to 6th October 2018.  ‘The Goodies: The Complete BBC Collection’ DVD Boxset came No. 14 in the Official TV on Video Chart Top 50. 

https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/tv-on-video-chart/20180930/30/

Congratulations to all three Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie!

 

Don’t forget you can buy The Goodies: The Complete BBC Years and also the latest release The Goodies: The Complete Collection (BBC & LWT Series) from networkonair.com, amazon.co.uk, HMV and also can be found at Sainsbury’s.  

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