The Goodies are a three man agency whose brief is to do 'anything, anytime'. This gave the series carte blanche to do whatsoever it pleased, with a cartoon-like surrealism and a heavy ...
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On Christmas eve, the world leaders have come together and decided to end the world. With only 28 minutes left till the big bang at midnight, the Goodies wonder how best to spend their last minutes ...
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The Goodies are a three man agency whose brief is to do 'anything, anytime'. This gave the series carte blanche to do whatsoever it pleased, with a cartoon-like surrealism and a heavy reliance on slapstick.Written by
Although the series did well in the ratings, it was considered expensive to produce by the BBC due to the amount of specially commissioned props that needed to be built and amount of location shooting that each series required. In 1980 the BBC decided to drop production of any future series due to budgetary factors and the fact that they were eager to commission a TV series of Douglas Adams successful radio show 'The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy' which was effects heavy and going to cost a considerable amount of money to finance. This resulted in The Goodies signing a deal with London Weekend Television to produce the next series of The Goodies (broadcast at the beginning of 1982). The BBC were then free to set aside the budget they would otherwise have allocated for a Goodies series and use it to finance 'Hitchhikers' which was broadcast in 1981 to great critical acclaim and the show was a ratings hit too. The Goodies LWT show only lasted one series before being canned due to budget cutbacks. See more »
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'The Goodies' were one of the things that made growing up in the Seventies so much fun! This show may be dated fashion- and special effects-wise, but the humour is still as original and hilarious as ever.
Oddie, Garden and Brooke-Taylor shared a similar background and history to most of the Monty Python team. They also began as comedians while studying at University and various combination of Goodies and Pythons performed and wrote together for many television and radio comedies throughout the Sixties. Not long after Monty Python debuted on TV in 1969 The Goodies followed with their own series, which ended up lasting much longer. The Pythons aimed at adults, The Goodies at children, but for all their surface differences they shared a similar surreal Goons inspired wit, with an emphasis on wonderfully inventive sight gags.
Unlike Python, the show wasn't a sketch comedy. The basic premise was that out heroes would do anything, anywhere, anytime, which meant that they got into increasingly bizarre situations, which were often just an excuse for silly goings on and funny stuff. And the show WAS funny! Even today the best episodes stand up, and 'Kitten Kong', the unforgettable episode about a giant kitten terrorizing a city, must surely rank as one of THE highlights of television comedy, any decade!
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