The Goodies

Special: Goodies Rule OK? (21 Dec. 1975)

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When the government bans joy and entertainment, the Goodies seek to rectify things in a most unusual manner. Their final solution to the problem, however, leads to a truly catastrophic ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Michael Barratt
Tony Blackburn ...
Tony Blackburn
Sue Lawley ...
Sue Lawley
Patrick Moore ...
Patrick Moore
Eddie Waring ...
Eddie Waring
Terry Wogan ...
Terry Wogan
Corbet Woodall ...
The town cryer
Ronald Russell
Roland MacLeod
Barry Cryer ...
Sheila Steafel ...


When the government bans joy and entertainment, the Goodies seek to rectify things in a most unusual manner. Their final solution to the problem, however, leads to a truly catastrophic result. Written by David McAnally <>

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Includes footage of The Beatles from their days at The Cavern in Liverpool, England. See more »


When the Goodies are chased around an ornamental maze by a giant Dougal, the feet of the people inside the dummy Dougal are visible in several shots. See more »


Featured in Timeshift: The Magic Roundabout Story (2003) See more »

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15 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The plot starts out showing the Goodies singing Beatles songs (with a dummy to stand in for George). The Beatles are there watching. Later after they leave, the Beatles steal their songs and become famous. This happens again with various different singers e.g. Diana Ross, Elton John, etc. Finally they decide that the public only want cheap imitations, not the real thing. They decide to copy almost every singer. They become an immediant success. The Queen of England gives them MBE's (in flooding rain). She also asks them to make up a new dance. They make up one call the bop. The bop becomes really popular. It becomes so popular that they run for parliament, but are defeated by the standing alone party (a dummy). Under the starting alone party, no one is allowed to move or have fun. At first the Goodies are like Robin hood, spreading laughter around the land. Later they are like gangsters, hiding cream pies in violin cases. Finally, sick of the the standing alone party, they decide to elect a new party... On the TV, the new party is revealed as Sooty. Sooty viciously attacks an interviewer on TV. The Goodies go to see what is happening. At the house, they are attacked from puppets of all kinds, (the wombles, etc). The puppets prove too strong, so they leave to contemplate a new idea... Returning dressed as puppets, the Goodies fight the puppets again. After a long struggle, they finally overcome the puppets. Rejoicing, they start to celebrate, suddenly, the audience is aware that they have strings on their arms. As the camera tilts up, we see the Goodies above them, revealing that they are puppets. They work the puppets string as the show ends.

The main problem is that this show keeps changing it's mind in what it wants to be about. First it has fun with the song imitations. After the bob during the rain, it turns into a robin hood-like story. Then it goes to a 1930's gangster storyline. Then the puppets saga takes over. It's always funny, but a little hard to follow if you're not paying attention. This may have worked better if it was shown in different parts i.e: the robin hood story one night, the gangster story the other night. All together, it's pretty hard to keep shifting gears as the show seems to keep forgetting about the plot. But for the Goodies generally funny sense of humor, I give it a 6 out of ten.

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