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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Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
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Bill Oddie ...
Himself
Michael Barratt ...
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Tony Blackburn ...
Tony Blackburn
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Sue Lawley
Patrick Moore ...
Patrick Moore
Eddie Waring ...
Eddie Waring
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Terry Wogan
Corbet Woodall ...
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The town cryer
Ronald Russell
Roland MacLeod ...
Robert McKenzie
Barry Cryer ...
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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 result. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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21 December 1975 (UK)  »

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

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When the Goodies are in the Jokeasy discussing how difficult it is to find the former performers, Graeme removes a tea bag from a bottle of whiskey with his right hand. Next shot shows him still removing the tea bag with his left hand. See more »

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References Le manège enchanté (1964) See more »

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Slightly overlong but still fun Goodies escapade
20 August 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

In this 1975 Christmas special, the Goodies decide to become rock stars (art imitating life, since the team had recently cracked the pop charts with some fun novelty singles including the glam rock-tinged 'The Inbetweenies' and the silly but danceable 'Funky Gibbon') by copying the trademarks of several existing stars, taking Elton John's glasses, the Rubettes' caps and so on. Although my memories of this episode are rather hazy (it was a long time ago!), I certainly can't forget the sight of the Goodies being chased around a maze by a giant Dougal (of Magic Roundabout fame) and newsreader Michael Barratt interviewing the mute children's puppets Sooty and Sweep. Also, the show felt a bit too long. The Goodies always worked best as a half-hour miracle, leaving you wanting more, and however good the gags and stunts were, stretching the running time invariably stretched this viewer's attention span. Nonetheless, this is largely classic stuff and a DVD release wouldn't go amiss.


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