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The Goodies Go For Gold!

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
6 December 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Minister of Sport asks The Goodies to represent Britain in the Commonwealth Games. As all the other Commonwealth countries have gained independence, the only competitor is August Bank Holiday Island, where the games will take place.

The Goodies undergo various fitness procedures ( including a sex test courtesy of The Minister's sexy secretary Miss Foster ), before travelling to the island. But they have an unpleasant surprise in store - the stadium is located at the top of an incredibly high mountain, where the oxygen is very thin. As the Goodies endeavour to pole vault, do the high jump, run etc., they are fighting to survive in a hostile environment...

Along with Season 1's 'Caught In The Act', this is the only other 'Goodies' episode known to only exist in monochrome.

The first of a batch of episodes to feature the Goodies taking part in major sporting events. Others include 'Winter Olympics' and 'A Kick In The Arts'. There's some good visual gags both in the training and games sequences, such as the spectacle of our heroes running in slow motion. It looks as though it may be an 'Action Replay' but no, they really are running at that speed.

Bill leaps over a hurdle, lands in water, and is attacked by a crocodile.

Prior to the high jump, Graeme asks for the pole to be lowered until it nearly touches the ground, and still he doesn't make it.

One or two racist gags here, I'm afraid. When the Goodies arrive on the island, their accommodation turns out to be a dirty old hut inscribed with the following graffiti: "Whitey Go Home" and "White Bas.....".

The late Reginald Marsh, who plays 'The Minister Of Sport', is familiar to comedy fans for his roles as 'Sir' in 'The Good Life' and 'Sir Dennis Hodge' in 'Terry & June'.

Funniest moment - The Minister meeting the Goodies at his office, located inside Big Ben. Stuffing cotton wool into his ears, he is the only one protected from the deafening sound when the bell chimes on the hour!

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