The Goodies: Season 3, Episode 4

That Old Black Magic (25 Feb. 1973)

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Tim: So tomorrow night when the owls do hoot and the moon is full, we must journey to the abode of the living dead.
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C'mon everybody, its gibbon time!
29 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Once again, the Goodies are out of work. Then a mysterious woman claiming to be a witch - named Hazel, of course - turns up at their offices, wishing to conduct a seance.

Thinking her a raving lunatic, the Goodies accede to her request. As the witch repeatedly cries out "Is anyone there?", they humour her by putting on daft voices. But Graeme becomes possessed by an evil force, and starts a coven which Tim and Bill try to infiltrate by pretending to be sacrificial virgins...

Made just prior to the phenomenal popularity of 'The Exorcist' and other Satanic '70's shockers, this episode is more of a parody of Hammer horror, in particular 'The Devil Rides Out'. Then, as now, the British tabloids were obsessed with lurid tales of witchcraft in the suburbs, mainly because it provided an excuse to run photos of bare bums! The late, much-missed Patricia Hayes enjoys herself hugely as the cackling witch. 'Stuff That Gibbon' is actually a catchier song than the Goodies' later hit 'The Funky Gibbon'.

Funniest moment - Graeme conjuring up the Devil. It turns out to be none other than David Frost!

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