The Goodies (1970-1980)

UK, 8 November -18 February 1980
8 series, 68 episodes, average 30m
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British comedy series with many fantasy moments.

Premise

Three young men, Graham, Tim and Bill, set themselves up as The Goodies, willing to do “anything, anytime.” This leads them into all kinds of strange adventures, pitting them against rabbits from space, giant killer kittens, Boy Scouts bent on world domination…

Credits

Regular Crew
BBC

Regular Cast
Tim Brooke-Taylor (Tim)
Graeme Garden (Graeme)
Bill Oddie (Bill)

Episodes

Series One
The Tower of London (8 November 1970)
Snooze (15 November 1970)
Love the Police (22 November 1970)
Caught In the Act (29 November 1970)
The Greenies (6 December 1970)
Cecily (13 December 1970)
Radio Goodies (20 December 1970)

Series Two
The Loch Ness Monster (1 October 1971)
Sporting Goodies (8 October 1971)
Pollution (15 October 1971)
The Lost Tribe of the Orinoco (22 October 1971)
The Stolen Musicians (29 October 1971)
Culture for the Masses (5 November 1971)
Kitten Kong (12 November 1971)
Wicked Waltzing (19 November 1971)
Farm Fresh Food (10 December 1971)
Women's Lib (17 December 1971)
Sex and Violence (31 December 1971)
Charity Bounce (7 January 1972)
The Baddies (14 January 1972)

Special
Montreux '72 Special (9 April 1972)

Special
A Collection of Goodies (24 September 1972)

Series Three
The New Office (4 February 1973)
A Hunting We Will Go (11 February 1973)
Winter Olympics (18 February 1973)
Black Magic (25 February 1973)
The Lost Island of Munga (4 March 1973)
Way Outward Bound (11 March 1973)

Special
Superstar (7 July 1973)

Series Four
Camelot (1 December 1973)
Invasion of the Moon Creatures (8 December 1973)
Hospital for Hire (15 December 1973)
The Goodies and the Beanstalk (24 December 1973)
The Stone Age (29 December 1973)
Goodies in the Nick (5 January 1974)
The Race (12 January 1974)

Series Five
Movies (10 February 1975)
Clown Virus (17 February 1975)
Chubbie Chumps (24 February 1975)
Wacky Wales (3 March 1975)
Frankenfido (10 March 1975)
Scatty Safari (17 March 1975)
Kung Fu Kapers (24 March 1975)
Lighthouse Keeping Loonies (31 March 1975)
Rome Antics (7 April 1975)
Cunning Stunts (14 April 1975)
South Africa (21 April 1975)
Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms (28 April 1975)
The End (5 May 1975)

Special
Goodies Rule – O.K.? (21 December 1975)

Series Six
Lips, or Almighty Cod (21 September 1976)
Hype Pressure (28 September 1976)
Daylight Robbery of the Orient Express (5 October 1976)
Black and White Beauty (12 October 1976)
It Might As Well Be String (19 October 1976)
2001 and a Bit (26 October 1976)
The Goodies – Almost Live (2 November 1976)

Series Seven
Alternative Roots (1 November 1977)
Dodonuts (8 November 1977)
Scoutrageous (22 November 1977)
Rock Goodies (29 November 1977)
Royal Command (6 December 1977)
Earthanasia (22 December 1977)

Series Eight
Politics (14 January 1980)
Saturday Night Grease (21 January 1980)
A Kick in the Arts (28 January 1980)
U-Friend or U.F.O.? (4 February 1980)
Animals (11 February 1980)
War Babies (18 February 1980)

Alternative Titles

Narrow Your Mind – working title
Superchaps Three – working title

See also
The Goodies (1981-1982)

Extracts included in
Night of a Thousand Shows (2000)
Top Ten Comedy Records (2000)
TV Hell (1992)

References

Periodicals

  • Playback Special Collector's Edition (1995) p.9 – illustrated article
  • Radio Times 3-9 February 1973 pp.6-7 – illustrated article (In pursuit of a load of Goodies by Russell Miller)