The Goodies: Season 1, Episode 1

The Tower of London (8 Nov. 1970)

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Within minutes of opening their own business, the Goodies are hired by the commander of the beef eaters to investigate the bizarre theft of all the Tower of London's beef. Soon realizing ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Chief Beefeater
Max Latimer ...
The Burglar
Gertan Klauber ...
The Black Rod
Maria O'Brien ...
The Fairy Puff Girl


Within minutes of opening their own business, the Goodies are hired by the commander of the beef eaters to investigate the bizarre theft of all the Tower of London's beef. Soon realizing that the perpetrator is weakening the beef eaters so they can steal the crown jewels, the Goodies volunteer to protect the treasures and soon find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that goes higher than they could have ever imagined. Written by Camel13

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Mock Advertisements for this episode: Goodies Tea Set: "Just want half a cup. Try our Goodies Tea Seat". Fairy Puff Washing Powder: "Hey, Kitten! That dress you're wearing is great, great, great, great, great!" See more »


The Black Rod is chiefly concerned with ceremonial duties at meetings of the house of lords and the order of the garter, and is not a personal courier of the Queen's. See more »


[the old lady who lives in the floor below the Goodies takes messages for them. She walks in to their office, hands Bill a note, and then walks out without saying a word]
Tim: Can't she speak?
Bill: She can't even write!
[Reading from the note]
Bill: Dear Giddies...
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Where's the beef?
13 November 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Someone is stealing the beef at The Tower of London, meaning that the its world famous guards, the beef-eaters, are fading away. It's up to The Goodies (Tim Brook Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden) to investigate...

The Goodies is one of my favourite classic comedy TV series, not just of the 70s, but of all time—a zany sitcom full of inspired surreal moments and brilliant madcap humour—but The Tower of London, the very first episode from series one, isn't exactly the most auspicious of debuts, the laughs coming nowhere near as thick and fast as they do in later episodes.

The guys' crazy, off-the-wall style is established almost immediately with a suitably surreal opening scene where they check out their new digs, but unless the word 'beef' has you in stitches, this one will prove to be a frustratingly patchy affair overall, the few really ingenious moments rubbing shoulders with too many mediocre visual gags and lacklustre slapstick. This episode kicks off The Goodies.... At Last DVD; the next one on the disc, Gender Education (from Series 2), is much, much funnier, and shows what the guys were really capable of when they hit their stride.

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