The Goodies: Season 4, Episode 4

The Goodies and the Beanstalk (24 Dec. 1973)

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The Goodies fall on hard times, and Tim and Graeme send Bill to sell their trusty three-seater trandem. All the local townspeople find it ridiculous and Bill is humiliated by only being ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Alfie Bass ...
The Giant
Eddie Waring ...
Himself (host for It's a Knockout)
The genie
Corbet Woodall ...
Himself as newsreader
Robert Bridges
Marcelle Samett
Toni Harris
Helli Louise
Marty Swift
Arthur Ellis ...
Himself (Referee for It's A Knockout)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Ellis
Stuart Hall ...


The Goodies fall on hard times, and Tim and Graeme send Bill to sell their trusty three-seater trandem. All the local townspeople find it ridiculous and Bill is humiliated by only being offered a tin of baked beans. Tim and Graeme are disgusted with only getting baked beans, instead of money, but Graeme gets the idea to plant a bean. This rapidly grows into an enormous beanstalk - reaching all the way from England to the summit of Mt. Everest. In hot pursuit of their beanstalk, the Goodies enter an "It's a Knockout" competition, which is being held at the foot of Mt. Everest. Among other things, the Goodies have to climb the beanstalk to the top of the mountain, as part of the contest. There, they find the Giant's castle and, in it, a Giant of surprising height who has a valuable secret to protect. Written by David McAnally <>

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Inconsistent fairytale silliness.
3 December 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Having fallen on hard times, The Goodies decide to sell their beloved bike, but all Bill gets for it at the market is a tin of baked beans. Graeme has a moment of madness and plants the last bean, which grows into a giant beanstalk that leads the guys to the top of Mount Everest, where they discover a giant's castle and a room full of birds that lay golden eggs.

The first part of this 1973 Christmas special, in which the penniless trio struggle to survive, is pure TV gold, featuring perfectly executed scenes of comedy genius that rank as some of the finest funny moments in the history of the BBC. With the use of minimal dialogue, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor create classic moments that rival even the greats of silent cinema (the sequence where Graeme prepares for bed on a park bench is sheer brilliance!).

Sadly, once the fantasy element kicks in, the quality quickly goes downhill, first with some weak Benny Hill style farce, and then a poor parody of 70s game-show It's A Knockout. A brief musical interlude in an echoey canyon provides some welcome giggles, but from thereon in, it's relatively mediocre stuff, with poorly edited singing animals and a desperate finale featuring dive bombing, golden egg laying geese that simply tries too damn hard.

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