The punk phenomenon grips Britain as grannies reject niceness and the Goodies take to the road in search of the latest fad.

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Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
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Bill Oddie ...
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Caroline Kook
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Master of Ceremonies
Michael Barratt ...
Punk Newsreader
Patrick Moore ...
Patrick Moore
Ronnie Brody ...
Chamberlain
Roland MacLeod
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Nurse
Selina Ingram
James Muir
Norman Bacon
Barney Carroll
Eddie Davies ...
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The punk phenomenon grips Britain as grannies reject niceness and the Goodies take to the road in search of the latest fad.

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29 November 1977 (UK)  »

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The scene where the punk TV interviewer dares Tim to say something nice is a reference to the Bill Grundy Today show interview with the Sex Pistol punk rock group where he urged the band members to swear. See more »

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Graeme: [Discussing TV programs] You know what they put on instead? Prudence Kitten... and Muffin the Mule!
Graeme: I enjoy Muffin the Mule!
Bill: You can be locked up for that, you know!
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Punkerella!
28 April 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Goodies have formed a band called 'The Little Laddies'. Their first attempt at a hit - 'Shiny Shoes' - flops, partly because it is awful, but also because the group is perceived as old fashioned. Bill wants to go punk. 'The Little Laddies' split up.

Tim dates the attractive music journalist Caroline Kook, and takes her to a restaurant. But it has changed hands; Graeme runs it now, and caters exclusively to punk rockers. Punk culture spreads like wildfire; everyone is making their hair spiky, sticking safety pins through their noses and acting aggressively, even Michael Barrett of 'Nationwide' and astronomer Patrick Moore get in on the act.

At the Trendsetters' Ball, punk rockers wait to see what the next youth culture trend will be. The winner will get Caroline's hand in marriage. Tim is determined to win...

One thing television does not do anymore is to ridicule youth culture. With more and more modern comedies being aimed at the youth market, writers and producers are not going to risk offending their audience, so they put the boot into old people and '70's fashions instead. The last show brave enough to blow a raspberry at the young was the excellent 'Nathan Barley' - cancelled after one season.

But in 1977, things were different. With the tabloids railing against the 'punk rock' phenomenon, particularly in the wake of the notorious Bill Grundy 'Sex Pistols' interview, the time was right for 'The Goodies' to tackle the subject. It proved to be one of their most controversial episodes ever. The B.B.C., bless 'em, still thought of 'The Goodies' as a kids' show, and felt 'punk rock' an unsuitable subject for a prime-time audience ( even on B.B.C.-2 ). 'The Goodies' were told to drop the idea. After much negotiating, and some script rewriting, it got made.

Interestingly, it does not come out against 'punk', but simply shows what might happen if it were taken to extremes. The punk hospital, for instance, where patients are treated without anaesthetic, and the punk restaurant, where diners go to be sickened by the awful food. The Cinderella parody has punks sawing off their legs so as to win the hand of the lovely Caroline.

Jane Asher is cast as 'Caroline Kook', a character based on the real-life journalist Caroline Koon, who was one of punk's first supporters. 'The Little Laddies' were based on 'The Little Ladies', a fictitious girl group from the I.T.V. drama series 'Rock Follies'.

Funniest moment - Tim getting drenched in spaghetti sauce!


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