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"The Goodies" Hype Pressure (1976)

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Cue the flour! Cue the land mines! Cue Hitler!

10/10
Author: ingemar-4 from Sweden
13 June 2009

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Yet another of The Goodies' best episodes! This is in three parts. After a nice intro with Bill trying to compose a hit, follows part one, an "Idol"-style show, "New Faeces", and just like it is often criticized for in our days, the idea is to humiliate the participants. Although the humor is somewhat straight-forward, and the dead jury member feels a bit desperate, it is still very funny, not least Bill's and Graeme's folk song "The world is full of women and men". Part 2 is "The 50's revival revival" with a positively fantastic rock'n'roll parody. In part 3, Bill and Graeme sings a "flower power" song while Tim flips out completely as producer, and so does the episode. (See other review for whom they are mocking.)

All but the very ending is first rate. The ending drifts away into such total chaos that there is no logical ending any more, and "cue political broadcast", is a very brief punchline that seems like an excuse to stop the weirdness. That makes the ending not great but fully acceptable.

Good show! Easily one of the ten best episodes!

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Its The '50's Revival!

10/10
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
6 January 2007

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This is one of my favourite 'Goodies' episodes, mainly because it mocks three popular television shows of the '70's - the talent ( free ) contest 'New Faces', 'Stars On Sunday' ( yuck! ) and the pop show 'Supersonic' in which producer Mike Mansfield briefly became a youth cult figure ( his catchphrase was "Cue!" ).

Forget the plot, there isn't one. Like 'Goodies Rule O.K.' it slides from one silly situation to another. It begins with Bill struggling to compose a hit record to follow 'Funky Gibbon', much to Graeme's amusement, and ends with an all-out war between Tim's Mike Mansfield ( "Cue Hitler! Cue The Luftwaffe! ) and Bill's Ken Russell. In between there's a funny send-up of the '70's fad for 50's nostalgia. Kitten Kong and Dougal make welcome cameos, and a treat for older viewers with guest appearances from '50's B.B.C. presenters Macdonald Hobley and Mary Malcolm.

Funniest moment - the Goodies dressed as teddy boys, performing a rock and roll number. At one point, Graeme attempts to play a piano using a hammer and chisel! Despite this being the sixth series, 'The Goodies' showed no sign of running out of steam.

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