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 ...
Eddie Waring
The genie
Corbet Woodall ...
Robert Bridges
Marcelle Samett
Toni Harris
Helli Louise
Marty Swift
Arthur Ellis ...
Arthur Ellis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Ellis
Stuart Hall ...
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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There is a joke classification just before the opening credits: "BRITISH BOARD OF FILM CENSORS CARLISLE HOUSE SCHOOL This is to Certify that The Goodies have passed 'O' Level DOMESTIC SCIENCE and have been Rated X" and to the "X", an effeminately-clad hand appends "XX Love Cecil." See more »


Spoofs It's a Knockout (1966) See more »

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Ah! The Goodie Olde Days......
27 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Well, I just watched this again in a rerun homage to the 70's. I have to say, that, apart from costumes, this has aged rather more gracefully than many other comedies of the era, such as Blazing Saddles.

The humour isn't particularly clever, or witty. It's just fast and furious. As a result, few gags are overdone (are you listening Mr Brooks?) and the pace is quite frenetic at times.

The main thing which distinguishes the humour of the Goodies from virtually any other show or movie, is the insanity of it. Only the Airplane movies came anywhere near it for irrationality and craziness, and even then, they are only a pale shadow compared to what the Goodies were capable of.

The most startling thing about the Goodies were the songs. Most of the shows, including this film episode, had some sort of song, usually accompanied by the most dire of effects and animations. Yet despite the hideous awfulness of it all, it still makes you smile in a way that the capering antics of, say, the Wayans Bros. never will.

To say much about the Beanstalk episode would be to ruin it for those that haven't yet seen it, so I'll stay quiet about specifics. Suffice to say you'll have no trouble spotting the many references to other films thrown in for comic measure.

In short, the Goodies was madcap fun that we will never see again - not because it isn't considered funny anymore - but because nobody can do it anywhere like as effortlessly as the Goodies did.


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