Bill becomes obsessed with becoming a superstar, using the name, Randy Pandy. Tim and Graeme try to save him from the consequences of his fame.



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Episode credited cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Bill Oddie ...
Barbara Mitchell ...
Isabel Chintz
Julian Chagrin ...
Maxie Grease
John Peel ...
The Fred Tomlinson Singers ...
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Wanita Franklin ...
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Ruby James ...
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Bill becomes obsessed with becoming a superstar, using the name, Randy Pandy. Tim and Graeme try to save him from the consequences of his fame.

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7 July 1973 (UK)  »

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Bill Oddie: Do you really think I could make it? To the top?
Isabel Chintz: Well I've done it before. Tom Jones.
Bill Oddie: Tom Jones?
Isabel Chintz: Oh yes. I gave him that butch, tough, he man image, you know. When I found him he was doing a drag act in Merthyr Tydfil.
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When Bill Became Randy!
17 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The British Pop Charts are in a shocking state, being full of salacious rubbish aimed at sex-mad teenagers. Sensing a gap in the market for wholesome family entertainers, The Goodies audition for top impresario Isabel Chintz ( Barbara Mitchell ), under the name 'The Cherubs'. She hates them, so they go on the top-rated 'Maxie Grease Show', singing a mawkish song entitled: 'Mummy, I Don't Like My Meat'.

They win - and Isabel is back on the scene. But she only wants Bill. The little bearded bird watcher is given a new name - 'Randy Pandy' - and sex god image and before you can say 'How's About That Then' the groupies are all over him. Its up to Tim and Graeme to save their friend before he does something foolish - like actually making a record...

Originally intended to be part of Season Three, this was one of the first episodes to dispense with the trademark speeded-up film sequences. The 'Maxie Grease Show' is a spoof of the dreadful 'Opportunity Knocks!', starring Hughie Green. Barbara Mitchell's gum-chewing Aussie sounds an awful lot like Germaine Greer in her 'Super Groupie' phase. The notion that Radio One would ban pop records for being rude was amusingly far-fetched at the time; a decade later, D.J. Mike Read banned 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Some good gags at the expense of early '70's Britpop, including a Jimmy Saville impression by the late John Peel, and armed security guards outside the 'Top Of The Pops' studio at B.B.C. T.V. Centre. The Goodies appeared on the real thing the following year when they brought out 'The Inbetweenies'.

Funniest moment - The Goodies making Granny cry!

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