British comedy series about a trio of do-gooders who would do anything, anyplace, anytime.
7 Episodes of 30 minute duration. BBC. 1982.
Originally to be called 'Super Chaps Three', The Goodies were the quintessential image of a 1970's Britain that had not yet shaken off its 1960's 'swinging' image.
The trio of do-gooders who would do anything, anyplace, anytime, consisted of Tim Brooke-Taylor (who was so patriotic that he always wore a Union-Jack waistcoat), Graham Garden (a nutty professor type), and Bill Oddie (a left over from the hippie movement, complete with giant sized portrait of Chairman Mao). In the course of their adventures they would typically rescue humanity, as in the case of saving London from the clutches of a giant cat, whilst charging around the country on their three-seater bicycle. Popular fads and cultures of the day were given the 'Goodies' treatment, 'Kung Fu' was given a North Country twist in an episode entitled 'Ecky Thump', whilst 'Doctor Who' was presented as 'Planet of the Rabbits.'
During its run the series picked up two Silver Roses at Montreux and spun off into the pop charts top ten with 'novelty' hits 'The In Betweenies,' 'Funky Gibbon,' 'Nappy Love' and 'Make A Daft Noise For Christmas.' After ten years the BBC had decided that they had got all the mileage out of the show that there was to get, and, somewhat disillusioned, Messrs Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie took themselves off to commercial television. However, only six shows were made by LWT.
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