Cod have become so scarce that there is nothing to make fish fingers from. The boys manage to poach one and raise it to become a giant. But things get difficult when Graeme decides it's his "baby" and he doesn't want to eat it.




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Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Bill Oddie ...
Barry Cryer ...
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Cod have become so scarce in England, thanks to Iceland staking a claim on all fishing rights in a 2000-mile radius, that there is nothing to make fish fingers from. The boys decide to do something about this, so they start a fish farm. They manage, with great difficulty, to poach a cod and bring it home. They raise it to be a giant big enough to feed a small city; but when the time comes to slaughter it, Graeme has become too attached to his "baby" to eat it, putting them in the same position they were in when they started. Written by E. E. Buchanan

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21 September 1976 (UK)  »

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Oh Cod!
6 January 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Iceland extends its fishing limits by a further 2,000 miles, which alas encompasses most of the British Isles. Tim learns this the hard way when, sitting by a riverbank one day, he is shot at by a boat load of eskimos.

With most of the U.K.'s fish reserves now officially belonging to another country, Graeme tries to end the shortage by breeding a super-cod, which he calls Brian. But he becomes emotionally attached to the fish, and can't bring himself to kill it. Tim and Bill don't feel the same way, and a battle of wills ensues...

With 'Jaws' having become the highest grossing film of all time the year before, it was inevitable that 'The Goodies' would sooner or later take a pop at it. John Williams' theme is heard as the cod takes to the Serpentine. One wishes they had parodied 'Jaws' more closely; its still a popular film. Too much time is spent spoofing the 'Cod War' which, alas, results in this episode looking more dated than it should.

Funniest moment - Bill attempting to frighten the fish by putting on a Nicholas Parsons mask!

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