Forgotten Goodies | Episodes released for the first time in more than 40 years

Forgotten Goodies

Episodes released for the first time in more than 40 years

Six previously unreleased episode of The Goodies have been made available from today.

The shows, from various series between 1970 to 1980, are part of a new collection, It's The Goodies!, from the BBC Store.

The release comes 37 years after the week Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie’s final episode on the BBC – although they were to go on to make one further series for ITV.

Episodes are priced £1.89 each and the entire collection costs £19.99.

Aaron Bhamra, the store’s ‘head of editorial’ 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 newly released episodes are

Series 1 episode 5: The Greenies (first aired December 6, 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.

Series 2 episode 1: The Loch Ness Monster (October 1, 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.

Series 3, episode 3: Winter Olympics (February 17, 1973)
The Minister of Sport persuades the Goodies to represent the United Kingdom during the Winter Olympics at the North Pole

Series 3, episode 4: Black Magic  (February, 24 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 guest stars.

Series 5, episode 2: Clown Virus (February 17, 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 guest stars.

Series 8, episode 5: Animals aka Animals Liberation (February 11, 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.

The others in the collection are are:

Series 1, episode 6: Cecily Season (December 13, 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.

Series 1 Episode 7 - Radio Goodies (December 20, 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.

Special: Kitten Kong (April 9, 1972)
When Graeme gives an undersized kitten some growth formula it grows to an enormous size and wreak destruction and havoc on London. The Montreux Special has extra scenes not featured in the original version, which has been lost. Broadcaster Michael Aspel guest stars as Michael Aspirin.

Series 5, episode 1: The Movies (February 10, 1975)
The Goodies take over a movie studio.

Series 5, episode 7: Kung Fu Kapers, aka Ecky Thump – OK (March 24, 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.

Series 5, episode 8: Lighthouse Keeping Loonies aka The Lighthouse Men (March 31, 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.

Series 5, episode 12: Bunfight at the OK Tea Rooms (April 28, 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.

Series 5, episode 13: The End aka Encased in Concrete (May 5, 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.

Series 7, episode 6: Earthanasia aka The End of the World Show (December 22, 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.

Published: 16 Feb 2017

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