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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Opening credits read: The Goodies and the Beanstalk Based on the traditional fairy story... 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, with Tim Brooke-Taylor's biro See more »


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Like The Curate's Egg - Goodie In Parts
28 December 2004 | by (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews

I saw this, as our other contributors probably did, during a Channel Five (UK) evening of "seventies" Christmas themed programmes (including a 1983 Morecambe and Wise Show!) I've been waiting for years to see some Goodies - I remember falling about laughing at them in the early seventies (I was born in 1957) - as they seem to have fallen off the radar. This episode perhaps illustrated why (though if some of the dreck from the same period gets a showing on satellite, why not this?). I didn't think it had aged well. The most glaring illustration of this was the Man Friday briefly glimpsed - Afro, bone through nose - it simply wouldn't be acceptable nowadays. Ditto the mild sexism seen from time to time, and the depiction of the Italian It's A Knockout team as Mafiosa who shoot each other when the contest starts.

Aspects of it were very original, and still very funny. Oddie was a silent comedy buff and seemed to try to shoehorn a lot of that sort of material in - again, in these days of X-Boxes and David Brent, there just wouldn't be an audience for it now.

The visual gags during All I Want Is You (animals singing) were brilliant for those CGI-less days, but the freezing cold quarry they obviously filmed the location scenes in was a poor representation of Katmandu! (Hardly their fault, but it brought back memories of Dr Who, where exotic, far-off planets always looked like a quarry in Devon in November!) I will certainly investigate the DVDs as a result of having seen this and read the comments. For all its faults, The Goodies displays a refreshing lack of cynicism.

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