The Goodies: Season 9, Episode 6

Animals Are People Too (13 Feb. 1982)

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Episode credited cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Barker
Ian Bruce ...
Dog / Bullock
Sue Crosland
Sadie Eden
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Animal
Jonathan Evans ...
Dog / Bullock
Stuart Fell
Roberta Gibbs ...
Animal
David Harrison ...
Dog / Bullock
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Robot (voice)
Patrick Shepherd ...
Dog / Bullock
Ron Tarr ...
Animal
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Pet shop owner Graeme sells Tim a 'Barbara Woodhouse' dog training kit, which turns him into a facsimile of the eccentric lady herself. But when Tim calls out "Walkies!" in the park, his dog ignores him. However, passers-by respond to the command.

Tim and Graeme begin a new business - to sell people who act just like animals. One of these is Bill, dressed as a cocker spaniel. As a result of the success of their business venture, real pets are no longer in demand, so Graeme sets up a new kind of restaurant - 'The Rumbling Tum'

  • whose menu consists of dogs and cats.




But the 'animals' come to resent being treated badly, and turn on Graeme. Bill becomes a canine 'Spartacus'...

The final episode of the disappointing London Weekend series is a cracking return to form for the lads from Cricklewood, even if the basic idea seems similar to one they did two years earlier at the B.B.C. - the superb 'Animals'. There's an oddly touching moment as Bill, in his dog guise, reminds his master ( Tim ) that he loved him once. The climax in which the 'animals' chase Graeme is reminiscent of the finale of H.G. Wells' 'The Island Of Dr.Moreau'.

Funniest moment - in the restaurant, Graeme offers Tim a Twiglet. As Tim takes a bite, Graeme tells him it is in fact a stick insect!

For the Goodies, this was indeed the end of the road. Disappointing ratings ensured they did not get another season ( perhaps a later time slot would have helped ). 'Animals' appears to suggest that they had overcome the teething troubles caused by the change-over, and were ready to roll again. I do not accept the oft-repeated charge that their humour became outdated. 'The Two Ronnies' ran until 1987, 'The Morecambe & Wise Show' until 1984 ( only ending because of Eric's death ) and Alf Garnett was successfully resurrected in 1985.

There were plenty of juicy comic targets for the lads to aim at in the '80's - Ronald Reagan, Heavy Metal, the New Romantics, 'Dallas', 'The A-Team', and films such as 'Rambo' ( one can easily visualise a 'Goodies' version of 'Rambo' - it would probably have been called 'Timbo' ). But they were not given the chance to lampoon the decade. That job went to a new show called 'Spitting Image'...

In 1984, L.W.T. repeated 'The Goodies' on Sunday afternoons, and the B.B.C. rather graciously included 'Kitten Kong' as part of a retrospective in 1986.

More recently, 'Beanstalk' was part of a 2004 Boxing Day comedy retrospective on 'Five', the lads reunited for 'The Return Of The Goodies' one-off on B.B.C.-2 a year later, followed soon afterwards by a timely reshowing of 'Winter Olympics'. That appears to be it, folks.


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