The Goodies: Season 2, Episode 9

Farm Fresh Food (10 Dec. 1971)

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The Goodies return from their latest adventure to encounter Bill's latest craze health food. Disgusted they've had enough and go to a local restaurant, only to discover that none of their ... See full summary »

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Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
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The Goodies return from their latest adventure to encounter Bill's latest craze health food. Disgusted they've had enough and go to a local restaurant, only to discover that none of their food is prepared by cooks by Nobel prize winning chemists. Desperate for a decent meal they got to visit Tim's uncle who is a farmer. Surprised they discover he's also gone high tech and the entire process is now automated. His uncle has taken things to such extremes that hens lay square eggs to make for easier shipping, and headless cows, because no one can eat the head. Graeme believes the food being produced lacks nutrition and invents a machine to prove his point. The tests confirm his theory, but Graeme realizes they need to close down the buyers. First he sabotages Uncle Tom's processes and the restaurant purchasing the food suffers a huge loss of clientèle. Mission accomplished they return to the farm and a free range chicken to eat for dinner. Tom comes in at the last minute, totally reformed... Written by glen_chapman <chapman_glen@yahoo.com>

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Desperate for some good, old fashioned home cooking, the Goodies visit Uncle Tom's farm. From a control room not unlike the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Uncle Tom uses modern technology to carry out such traditional duties as mucking out the pigsty and milking the cows. The Goodies volunteer to help out with the chores, and discover Uncle Tom has been selectively breeding animals - his cows can produce milk on tap simply by pumping their tails, whilst his duck pies run about on tiny webbed feet. Determined to put a stop to this madness, the Goodies set about ruining his produce...

The main difference between comedy past and present is apparent in this episode. The Goodies wreck a modern idea, simply because they prefer the traditional way. Today the reverse would probably happen. The recent debate about genetically modified food has made this a lot less dated than it should.

As Uncle Tom, John Le Mesurier acts as though he's just walked off the set of 'Dad's Army', no bad thing it has to be said. Andrea Lawrence, seen as a sexy barmaid in a spoof beer commercial, played the same role in the original.

Funniest moment - the Goodies serving customers with 'tampered' food such as flying sausages and rock-hard steak!


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