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THE GOODIES

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Actors, UK

Known For: Known for the television show “The Goodies” – 1970 – 1982

Music Styles: Sketch comedy, Surreal humour

Location: United Kingdom

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

The Goodies

An English comedy team.

Members include. Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie.

The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British television comedy series called The Goodies during the 1970s and early 1980s combining sketches and situation comedy.

The three actors met as undergraduates at Cambridge University where Brooke-Taylor was studying law, Garden was studying medicine, and Oddie was studying English. Their contemporaries included John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle, who later became founding members of Monty Python. This group of students became close friends and Brooke-Taylor and Cleese, who were both law students, but at different colleges within the university, studied together, swapping lecture notes.

They all became members of the Cambridge University Footlights Club, with Brooke-Taylor becoming president in 1963, and Garden succeeding him as president in 1964.

Garden himself was succeeded as Footlights Club president in 1965 by Idle, who had initially become aware of the Footlights when he auditioned for a Pembroke College “smoker” for Brooke-Taylor and Oddie.

Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie were cast members of the highly successful 1960s BBC radio comedy show I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, which also featured Cleese, David Hatch and Jo Kendall, and lasted until 1973. I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again resulted from the successful 1963 Cambridge University Footlights Club revue A Clump of Plinths. After having its title changed to Cambridge Circus, the revue went on to play at West End in London, England, followed by a tour of New Zealand and Broadway in New York, US (including an appearance on the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show).

They also took part in various TV shows with other people, including Brooke-Taylor in At Last the 1948 Show (with Cleese, Chapman and Marty Feldman), and Brooke-Taylor taking part in Marty (with Marty Feldman, John Junkin and Roland MacLeod). Garden and Oddie took part in Twice a Fortnight (with Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Jonathan Lynn), before Brooke-Taylor, Garden, and Oddie worked on the late 1960s TV show Broaden Your Mind (of which only about ten minutes survives).

The Goodies television series was created by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

The episodes for the series were originally co-written by all three Goodies (Tim, Graeme and Bill). Later, the episodes were co-written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

The music for the show was written by Bill Oddie, and The Goodies’ theme music was co-written by Bill Oddie and Michael Gibbs. The show also benefited greatly from the input of director Jim Franklin.

The original BBC television series ran from November 1970 to February 1980 on BBC 2, with 69 episodes, mostly thirty minutes in length except for two forty-five minute Christmas specials (The Goodies and the Beanstalk and The Goodies Rule – O.K.?).

It was one of the first shows in the UK to use chroma key and one of the first to use stop-motion techniques in a live action format. Other effects include hand editing for repeated movement, mainly used to make animals “talk” or “sing”, and play speed effects as used in the episode “Kitten Kong”.

The threesome travelled around on, and frequently fell off, a three-seater bicycle called the trandem.

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One of these trandems was later cycled across Africa, a trip immortalised in the resultant book Three Men on a Bike.

Although The Goodies are well known for performing spectacular but comedic stunts, it was Tim Brooke-Taylor who performed most of them.

They also presented the Christmas 1976 edition of Disney Time from the toy department of Selfridges store in London, broadcast on BBC1 on Boxing Day at 5.50 pm.

The Goodies never had a formal contract with the BBC, and when the BBC Light Entertainment budget for 1980 was exhausted by the production of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV series, they signed a contract with London Weekend Television for ITV.

However, after one half-hour Christmas special (“Snow White 2”) in 1981, and a six-part series in early 1982, the series was cancelled. In recent interviews the cast suggest the reasons were mainly economic – a typical Goodies sketch was more expensive than it appeared.

Awards and nominations

A special episode, which was based on the original 1971 Goodies’ “Kitten Kong” episode, was called “Kitten Kong: Montreux ’72 Edition”, and was first broadcast in 1972. The Goodies won the Silver Rose in 1972 for this special episode at the Festival Rose d’Or, held in Montreux, Switzerland.

In the first episode of the next series, “The New Office”, Tim Brooke-Taylor can be seen painting the trophy gold.

The Goodies also won the Silver Rose in 1975 at the Festival Rose d’Or for their episode “The Movies”.

The Goodies was nominated for a BAFTA award in 1975, as the Best Light Entertainment Programme, but lost out to Fawlty Towers.

The Goodies were also nominated for an EMMY award.

Unlike most long-running BBC comedy series, The Goodies has not enjoyed extensive repeats on terrestrial television in the UK. In 1986 BBC2 broadcast the episode “Kitten Kong” during a week of programmes screened under the banner TV-50, when the BBC celebrated 50 years of Broadcasting.

In the late 1980s, the pan-European satellite-channel Super Channel broadcast a couple of episodes and the short-lived Comedy Channel broadcast some of the later Goodies episodes in the early 1990s. Later UK Gold screened many of the earlier episodes, often with commercial timing cuts.

The same episodes subsequently aired on UK Arena, also cut. When UK Arena became UK Drama, later UKTV Drama, The Goodies was dropped along with its other comedy and documentary shows.

The cast finally took matters into their own hands and arranged with Network Video for the release of a digitally-remastered “best of” selection entitled The Goodies … At Last on VHS and Region 0 DVD in April 2003. A second volume, The Goodies.

At Last a Second Helping was released on Region 2 in February 2005. Series 9 (including the Xmas special) was released on Region 2 as The Goodies – The Complete LWT Series on 26 March 2007 and a fourth volume The Goodies. At Last Back for More, Again was released on region 2 in 2010 as well as a DVD box set containing all four volumes to celebrate 40 years of The Goodies.

In 2004, an episode of the BBC documentary series Comedy Connections was devoted to the Goodies.

Christmas 2005 saw a 90-minute Goodies special, including a documentary about the series, Return of the Goodies, broadcast on BBC Two. However, only clips of the series were shown, rather than any full episodes. This special was repeated on BBC Two on 13 November 2010.

Early on in 2006 a single episode Winter Olympics was broadcast on BBC Two but was not followed by any more.

In February 2007, the 1982 LWT series was repeated on pay-TV channel Paramount 2.

In December 2010 BBC Two showed selected late night repeats of the BBC series, which ran nightly from 23–30 December. This apparent gesture followed years of campaigning by The Goodies that the shows had not been repeated like other BBC shows such as Dad’s Army and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. The episodes actually shown were: “Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms” / “Earthanasia” / “The Goodies and the Beanstalk” / “Kitten Kong” / “Lighthouse Keeping Loonies” / “Saturday Night Grease” / “The Baddies” (a.k.a. “Double Trouble”) and “The Stone Age”, although “Scoutrageous”, “Kung Fu Kapers” and “Scotland” (a.k.a. “Loch Ness Monster”) were originally billed as episodes 1, 2 and 7 of the repeat run. They were shown late at night where they were unlikely to gain many new fans, although they did garner good ratings given their time slot, and the first six episodes were taken from the BBC’s own master tapes, rather than the digital remasters, the rights to which are currently owned by Network Video, “The Baddies” and “The Stone Age” have never been digitally remastered.

In Australia, the series has had continued popularity. It was repeated through the 1970s and 1980s by the ABC – although, as the show was typically broadcast in the 25-minute 6:00 pm children’s timeslot, portions often had to be cut.

The LWT series was played once on Seven in the early eighties. The ABC screened the BBC episodes again in the early 1990s, but skipped several stories due to either political correctness, or due to a lack of colour prints at the time.

The BBC episodes were then heavily edited to allow time for commercials when repeated on Ten in the 1990s, before moving to the pay television channel UK.TV during the late 1990s and early 2000s, where they were screened in full.

On Monday, 26 July 2010 the ABC2 Digital Channel commenced re-runs of the series, commencing with the Kitten Kong episode. The programme aired at 8 pm.

The Goodies DVDs are available in Australia under different titles to the UK releases: The Goodies: 8 Delicious Episodes, The Goodies: A Tasty Second Helping and The Goodies: The Final Episodes, respectively. The Goodies’ DVDs are also available in a box set with a commemorative booklet (The Goodies: The Tasty Box).

This collection contains the same 16 episodes as the original two DVD releases but with additional material such as commentaries on several episodes and the original scripts of some episodes in PDF format. Picture quality has been greatly improved using digital restoration techniques and the episode Come Dancing, which was originally thought to only have survived as a black and white film recording, is presented in colour from a 625 line low-band broadcast standard PAL VT recording, made for training purposes, which has had the low level colour boosted. (The original Australian DVD release The Goodies – A Tasty Second Helping (2 disc set) and The Goodies – A Second Helping: 4 tasty serves (1 Disc) featured the b/w telerecording of this episode.

All three Goodies now have OBEs. Bill Oddie received his OBE in 2003 for wildlife conservation — while Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden received their OBEs in 2011 for services to light entertainment.

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Goodies books

In their heyday The Goodies also produced successful books:

The Goodies File
The Goodies Book of Criminal Records
The Making of The Goodies Disaster Movie
There has also been a book released about The Goodies entitled The Goodies Superchaps Three which was written by Andrew Pixley. When Tim, Bill and Graeme were originally coming up with names for the program, “Superchaps Three” was suggested, hence the title of the book.

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