It’s The Goodies! on BBC Store www.bbcstore.com includes six episodes not previously available to own – The Greenies, The Loch Ness Monster, Winter Olympics, Black Magic, Clown Virus and Animals.
BBC Store, the digital download to own service, today (Thursday 16 February) celebrates one of Britain’s most anarchic and delightful comedy troupes The Goodies by releasing some rarely seen and previously unavailable to buy episodes of the comedy, which form part of BBC Store’s collection – It’s The Goodies!
In 1970, The Goodies creators, writers and performers Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie unleashed their legendary blend of surreal sketches, topical satire, slapstick and general lunacy on an unsuspecting viewing public.
Celebrating the phenomenally popular, BAFTA-nominated series 37 years after the final episode aired on the BBC on 18 February 1980, It’s The Goodies includes six classic episodes that have not been available for viewers to buy before and may not have been seen by some fans since their original TX dates over 40 years ago. These are The Greenies, The Loch Ness Monster, Winter Olympics, Black Magic, Clown Virus and Animals. Alongside these the collection also features well-known
favourites such as Kitten Kong, Bunfight at the OK Tea Rooms and Kung Fu Kapers AKA Ecky Thump
Aaron Bhamra, Head of Editorial at BBC Store said:
“It’s The Goodies! is bursting with moments of comic genius and brilliant silliness and we are delighted to be able to make such a landmark in British television comedy available on BBC Store.”
The Goodies was also one of the first shows in the UK to use pioneering camera trickery. Two of the trio’s most famous skits played with different formats, both of which feature in It’s The Goodies! on BBC Store, is the award-winning episode The Movies, where they each attempt to make a film at the same time, which results in a film that sees them flow rapidly from movie to movie, breaking through frames and mixing up genres, and Kitten Kong, which sees a kitten named Twinkle grow to a gigantic size and terrorise London, tearing down the Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower). The Goodies also had a number of chart topping hits in the mid 1970s as well, the majority of which were written and performed by Bill Oddie.
It’s The Goodies! is bursting with moments of comic genius and brilliant silliness and we are delighted to be able to make such a landmark in British television comedy available on BBC Store.Aaron Bhamra, Head of Editorial BBC Store
The episodes featured in It’s The Goodies! on BBC Store are:
S1 Ep 5 – The Greenies (6 December 1970)
The Goodies arrive at the village of Penrudden Cove to enjoy a relaxing holiday only to discover the town strangely deserted with the exception of the local vicar.
S1 Ep 6 – Cecily Season (13 December 1970)
The Goodies are offered the job of babysitting and housekeeping a mysterious house, owned by a strange elderly couple, A night at the house reveals its secrets.
S1 Ep 7 – Radio Goodies (20 December 1970)
The Goodies, having been rejected forming their own legal radio station because their submission was too late, resort to setting up a pirate alternative.
S2 Ep 1 – The Loch Ness Monster (1 October 1971)
The Goodies agree to help a London Zoo keeper find a specimen for the Monster House being opened by the Queen. Bernard Bresslaw guest stars.
Special – Kitten Kong (Montreux Special) (9 April 1972)
When Graeme gives an undersized kitten some growth formula it grows to an enormous size and wreak destruction and havoc on London. The Montreaux Special has extra scenes not featured in the original version, which has been lost. Broadcaster Michael Aspel guest stars as Michael Aspirin.
S3 Ep 3 – Winter Olympics (17 February 1973)
The Minister of Sport persuades the Goodies to represent the United Kingdom during the Winter Olympics at the North Pole.
S3 Ep 26 – Black Magic (24 February 1973)
A clumsy witch asks the boys to help her with her magic. They think it’s a joke, but things go horribly wrong when Graeme gets possessed. Patricia Hayes (Till Death Do Us Part) guest stars.
S5 Ep 1 – The Movies (10 February 1975)
The Goodies take over a movie studio with chaotic consequences.
S5 Ep 2 – Clown Virus (17 February 1975)
The Goodies help a US army officer get rid of a large canister labelled “Tomato Soup”. But it’s not tomato soup; it’s a nerve gas that produces a very unusual set of symptoms. John Bluthal (The Vicar of Dibley) guest stars.
S5 Ep 7 – Kung Fu Kapers AKA Ecky Thump – OK (24 March 1975)
When Tim and Graeme decide to take up kung-fu, Bill introduces them to the infinitely nobler art of Ecky Thump. Soon the whole nation is gripped by black pudding fever.
S5 Ep 8 – Lighthouse Keeping Loonies AKA The Lighthouse Men (31 March 1975)
The boys are in charge of a Lighthouse where Tim gets the mumps, they lose the light and they inadvertently project the lighthouse into space and crash land on Nelson’s column. Sir Patrick Moore guest stars as himself.
S5 Ep 12 – Bunfight at the OK Tea Rooms (28 April 1975)
The Goodies are broke, so they go out prospecting and find a cream mine. But Graeme gets greedy and wants all the cream to himself.
S5 Ep 13 – The End AKA Encased in Concrete (5 May 1975)
The Goodies find themselves trapped for over a century in a block of concrete and must find a way to live without outside contact for the rest of their lives.
S7 Ep 6 – Earthanasia AKA The End of the World Show (22 December 1976)
It’s Christmas Eve and the World Leaders have decided that there is just no point in going on and so the world will be destroyed at midnight.
S8 Ep 5 – Animals AKA Animals Liberation (11 February 1980)
Tim runs a showbiz agency for animals, but Bill and Graeme want to put them to work to solve the energy crisis. Tim is horrified, and fights for equal animal rights.
It’s The Goodies is released on 16 February 2017 on BBC Store www.bbcstore.com. Episodes are priced £1.89 each and the entire collection costs £19.99.