Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was apparently so funny that according to a documentary a man laughed so much at it that he actually died of laughter! Today we look at the television show – The Goodies

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Opening Sequence / Theme Tune

 

About the Show

Summary of Plot

Long running British situation comedy with the vaguest of situations. 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. Ran for ten years on BBC TV before removing for one final series to the commercial channel London Weekend Television. –IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

9 seasons

Characters:

Tim Brooke-Talyor – Himself

Graeme Garden – Himself

Bill Oddie – Himself

Trivia

  • According to the program Curious and Unusual Deaths (2009), this show caused an English man to laugh so long in 1975 that he died.
  • Among the rejected titles for the series was Bill Oddie’s suggestion, “Superchaps Three”.
  • Episode 2.7 “Kitten Kong” was entered in the 1972 Montreax TV Festival and won the Silver Rose. In episode 3.1 “The New Office”, Tim can be seen painting it gold.
  • Their three-seater “trandem” cycle was named “Buttercup”.
  • The group left the BBC in 1981.
  • When the show moved from the BBC to ITV in 1981, London Weekend Television commissioned a six part series which turned out to be the last outing for the show.
  • The running joke concerning “A Walk In The Black Forest” by Horst Janowski dates back to an episode in the first series, “Radio Goodies”, in which the team set up a pirate radio station with only one record – Janowski’s 1965 light-instrumental hit.

 

Classic Clips

 

Gymnasium Scene

 

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