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C&G 164 Jul 2009
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       *   THE GOODIES FAN CLUB CLARION AND GLOBE   *
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    * THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF 'THE GOODIES RULE - OK!' *
             (http://www.goodiesruleok.com )
 
 
Issue No. 164                   17th July 2009
 
 
THE LADS AND LASSES OF THE C&G
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EDITOR
- Brett Allender <clarion@goodiesruleok.com>
 
ACE REPORTER:
- Lisa Manekofsky
 
C&G CONTRIBUTORS:
- Clair, New_Roosterman, Alison Bean, Sosia, Andrew Pixley, Raymond
 
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:
- John Pinder
 
CONTENTS
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1. QUIZ & QUOTE - Goodies brainteasers for you and you and you
2. BOFFO IDEAS - The latest club news and happenings
3. SPOTTED!!! - The latest Goodies sightings.
4. 2001 AND A BIT - Tim, Graeme and Bill sightings post-Goodies.
5. A COLLECTION OF GOODIES THEMES #12 – Goodies Targets – David Frost
6. GOODIES WORD FINDER SOLUTION – from C&G 163
7. QUIZ & QUOTE ANSWERS
 
 
1. QUIZ & QUOTE
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(by "Magnus Magnesium")
 
QUOTE: "Always remember, rule number one - never offend the client. Rule number two - never forget they're idiots. And rule number three - never let them know that you know. Know what I mean?  No, of course you don't, you're an idiot!"
 
(a) Which Goody says this quote?
(b) Who is he speaking to?
(c) Which episode is this quote from?
 
QUIZ: This month's questions are from the episode "Kung Fu Kapers"
(d) What does Graeme's mighty Kung Fu roar translate to in English?
(e) What would Bill rather do than divulge the secret of Ecky Thump?
(f) What is the name of the movie featuring Ecky Thump in ladies' clothing?
(g) Who is the manufacturer of the black puddings?
(h) Name any three of the ingredients of these black puddings according to the recipe sheet.
 
The answers are listed at the end of this newsletter.
 
 
2. BOFFO IDEAS
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You can make it happen here. Liven up the club with a boffo idea for bob-a-job week. E-mail <enquiries@goodiesruleok.com> with your comments, ideas or suggestions - meanwhile these are the boffo ideas which our club has been working on this month:
 
GOODY GOODY BIRTHDAYS
 
July is a popular month for Goodies birthday celebrations, with Bill turning 68 on the 7th and Tim turning 69 on the 17th. Very best wishes for a Happy Birthday, Bill and Tim, from all of your fans at GROK!
 
 
WEBSITE POLLS
 
Last month's three-cornered polling contest was billed as a heavyweight contest but Dougal was knocked out inside the first round and Kitten Kong put up a good fight but ultimately lost in a unanimous points decision. It seems as though Dougal and Kitten Kong would be wasting their time scrapping with each other and should pool their resources ("You're not pooling mine!") to ward off the ever-present threat of another Rolf Harris plague.
 
Who would win in a fight - Kitten Kong or the Giant Dougal?
- Kitten Kong                             48 votes
- Dougal                                  11 votes
- They should team up against the Rolfs   66 votes
Total                                    125 votes
 
And now, the chance to add something new to your personal Goodies multimedia library. Will it be a practical option like a little red book of wise Lancastrian sayings, a naughty option like Bill's "wildlife film" from Gender Education or a silly option like Rolf's blank CD (not such a silly idea though, come to think of it!)? You might even prefer to nominate your own suggestion such as a "Don't Be Put Off By Belly Button Aversion Therapy" book or "Greatest Interrupted Trombone Performances" CD, or then again, maybe not. Just make sure that you get to the website polling booth and cast your vote before buying SleepalongaMax Volume 98000 and nodding off for the next ... zzzz (You know it makes sense!)
 
Which item would you desperately like to add to your book, music, or video collection?
An Eskimo phrase book (ah, here's one!)
A Walk in the Black Forest Top 10 Remix
The Julie Andrews Album of Rugby Songs
Mixed Dancing with Tim Revolta & Olivia
Macbeth Meets Truffaut the Wonder Dog
Torrid Nudes of Grope City DVD
Goodies Gender Education Film Uncensored
Little Book of Wise Ecky Thump Sayings
other
Best of Rolf Harris CD (w/nothing on it)
 
 
3. SPOTTED!!!
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More exciting than getting your wig-spotters badge! If you've seen the Goodies recently, e-mail <clarion@goodiesruleok.com> with the details. Here's where we've Spotted!!! the Goodies this month:
 
TIM AND GRAEME AT WORLD'S FUNNIEST ISLAND … PLUS LOTS MORE
by John Pinder
Director, World's Funniest Island
(16th Jul)
 
It doesn't seem like four years since we managed to get Tim, Graeme and Bill to put together their Australian touring show. It is! But hey they're coming back...Well Tim and Graeme are, with bits of Bill on screen.
 
They're coming to Sydney especially for the World's Funniest Island...the new comedy festival we are presenting on Cockatoo Island. You can find out all about the island and full festival details at: www.worldsfunniestisland.com  
Islands are funny places. They are also mystical, magical and sometimes dangerous....ask Shakespeare and Gilligan!
 
It was a big day for us more than two years ago when we went to Cockatoo Island for the first time.
We had been trying to find a home for a new kind of comedy festival   We needed to find a great place to hang out with a whole bunch of buildings we could turn into venues for one big comedy party weekend.
 
It's a simple idea...One ticket with ferry rides included and around 200 performances over the weekend. It's a big binge for comedy lovers.
Just like the big music festivals we will be making progressive announcements about our talent. We will be announcing more in August and September,
 
As well as Tim and Graeme I would like to touch on some themes and ideas we have run with......
First, the Young Guns ...In comedy one of the great moment is seeing a new performer who makes your hair stand on end. We have selected some of the hottest young comics in Australia...
Like Jacques Barrett; he's not on TV, but he is at the cutting edge of today's rising stars.
Like Josh Thomas.   He is 22 and being watched each week by one and a half million people on Talkin Bout My Generation...
You should also watch out for Tom Ballard. He's on Triple J on the weekends
You won't want to miss Claire Hooper from Good News Week or Daniel Townes who is already spending more time onstage in London than Australia.
And Felicity Ward from The Ronnie John's show is making her mark brilliantly as a solo performer and guesting around the panel show.
And the young guns of comedy are alive and well on Sydney campuses. We have picked some of the best student revue groups of the past year or two and given them their own venue. Wall to wall sketch shows day and night.
 
Student revues have been the birthplace of some of the greatest comedians, including Rod Quantock, a home grown legend and Heath Franklin's Chopper came out of Sydney student comedy....
 
Of course the Cambridge Footlights has given us many legends including The Goodies....
Tim and Graeme are doing four shows, casual, fun and definitely no pyrotechnics! Their shows are hosted by another performer who came out of student comedy; The Chaser's Andrew Hansen. The shows will be in our premier indoor venue The Big Top on both days of the festival. It is wonderful to hear from other performers how much they love The Goodies. I reckon you will be seeing all the stars grabbing seats in the big top to see Tim and Graeme between their own shows.
 
On the theme of legends, Alexei Sayle, the fat bastard himself, is back onstage for the first time in eight years. He still rates the number 18 spot on Britain's all time funniest list. He changed British comedy forever and was central to the alternative comedy scene of the 80's which gave us The Comic Strip and the Young Ones and much more. Julian Morrow, from The Chaser will be hosting one of Alexei's performances.
 
Another word we like is Diversity...As an illustration of our search for diversity we have one of the most notable new directions in world comedy... US comics Azhar Usman, Mohammed Amer and Preacher Moss in their show Allah Made Me Funny. .They just played the massive Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London. We have also invited Pakistan's only English speaking stand up comic...Sammi Shah.
A left field inclusion is Jane Bussmann. We met her when she wrote a story about The Goodies during Tim and Graeme's Edinburgh festival appearances. She is an award winning journalist...She writes for South Park... She has been a voice on Family Guy and she has a remarkable live show called Bussmann's Holiday..The Worst Date Ever. Comedy that moves from Hollywood celebrity gossip to the war zone in Uganda. It's true, it's funny and its disturbing. Great comedy.
 
'I'd also like to mention the very very silly category...Watch out for the Erotic Fan Fiction show...filthy literary fun not to be missed and Bitchin Kitchen...comics versus chefs in a wildly funny send up of those TV cooking shows and Dr Sketchy's Anti Art Class....you can join a burlesque drawing class for an hour or so...really.
 
So.. some Legends, some Young Guns some seriously silly stuff plus our favourite top Australian comics of all ages...Fiona O'Loughlin, Tommy Dean, Wendy Harmer, the old danger man himself Austen Tayshus. Tripod and Jimeoin. Akmal and Chris Franklin Six Quick Chicks...the Sydney comedy burlesque team hosted by Christa Hughes, Sam Simmons George Smilovici, Sam Bowring Jackie Loeb....
 
We will be announcing more artists in August and September.
 
All aboard for The World's Funniest Island...it's going to be funny
 
 
THE GOODIES ARE COMING ... TO SYDNEY IN OCTOBER!
(Lisa Manekofsky – 9th Jul)
 
More details on the Goodies proposed visit to Australia at last, as reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald (at http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/comedy-castaways/2009/07/09/1246732417051.html  ):
 
Comedy castaways
July 10, 2009
 
Cockatoo Island is about to host a weekend of wall-to-wall laughs, writes Elissa Blake.
 
An ambitious new comedy festival is aiming to turn Cockatoo Island into an annual laugh extravaganza. It plans to feature dozens of local and international acts ranging from burlesque, street theatre and student reviews to renowned comics, a controversial musical and even a clever remake of Mad Max with overdubs.
 
"This is a festival for a city with attention deficit disorder," cackles John Pinder, director of World's Funniest Island, the "world's first all-day, all-evening comedy festival", which takes over the Sydney Harbour venue on October 17-18.
 
"We know Sydney is a city that wants things to happen right now and be over by Monday morning. So this will be like a rock festival, only full of hilarious comedy."
 
World's Funniest Island will feature more than 200 international and local comedians performing in 18 venues over two days. One of the headline acts will be legendary British comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle, best known as the students' landlord in The Young Ones, for the spoken word hit 'Ullo John! Got A New Motor? and a minor yet memorable role in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
 
"Alexei Sayle is one of a pantheon of great British comedians," Pinder says. "They had a little show in a London strip club and Alexei would host the
show saying, 'Hello I'm an alternative comedian and I'm non-racist, non-sexist and not f---ing funny!' Then he'd have a string of jokes that are totally unprintable," Pinder says.
 
Sayle will perform two shows at the World's Funniest Island. One is based on excerpts from a selection of the comic novels he's written over the past decade. The other will be an "Evening With Alexei Sayle", with anecdotes from his time with The Young Ones and the Comic Strip Club. "He's older and balder now but still incredibly funny," Pinder says.
 
Some of the other early acts announced include British comedy legends The Goodies' Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in a show hosted by The Chaser's Andrew Hansen, stand-up comics Wil Anderson and Fiona O'Loughlin and radio stars Merrick and Rosso.
 
The controversial new comic musical Beaconsfield: The Musical, a hit of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, is also part of the line-up. Other musical acts include the
 
a capella choir Spooky Men's Chorale and Die Roten Punkte, an outrageous - allegedly German - rock act. There will also be a whole venue dedicated to all-day student revue-style comedy sponsored by the University of Sydney.
 
At the end of each night, Mad Max The Remix, a crazy one-hour comic cut-up of all three Mad Max films by performer Eddie Sharp, will screen with overdubs by a team of live actors. The story follows Max, the greatest dancer of all time, on his quest to join Miss Tina's prestigious Bartertown Dance academy.
 
More headline acts will be announced on July 14 when the website goes live (worldsfunniest island.com) with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Cockatoo Island, which has already played host to the Biennale of Sydney and the Nick Cave-curated music festival, All Tomorrow's Parties, will be crawling with street performers, musicians and stand-up comics during the two-day festival. There will be more than 60 market stalls, 20 food outlets and 15 bars. The festival is an all-ages event with children under five allowed in free with an adult, there will be over-18 wristbands to purchase alcohol and some shows will be adults only.
 
Ferries will run in three shifts in the morning and late at night with punters being asked to nominate their preferred departure time (from Circular Quay or King Street Wharf) at the time of ticket purchase.
 
"If you come early there will be a breakfast gala showcasing a potpourri of performers that you can choose to see again later in the day," Pinder says. "Then there will be a big bang of headline acts around midday and peak shows mid-evening. Everyone will be out by 1am at the latest and they can come back the next day and do it all over again."
 
A group claiming to be not a comedy act is riotous Die Roten Punkte. Brother and sister Otto and Astrid have been stunning audiences throughout the world with their high-energy Ramones-meets-the Cure tomfoolery. "Our manager keeps
booking us into comedy festivals but ve are real rock and roll," Otto insists in his flamboyantly German-accented English. "Sometimes ze people are laughing but ve don't mind. Ve are playing at ze end of both nights unt ve just vant people to rock out, ja!"
 
WORLD'S FUNNIEST ISLAND
October 17-18, 10am-midnight, Cockatoo Island, one-day pass $120, two-day pass $210. One ticket offers access to all shows on that day. Tickets on sale Monday July 20 from Ticketek.
 
 
GOODIES ARTICLE IN SMH
(Lisa Manekofsky – 10th Jul)
 
Another small article from today's Sydney Morning Herald related to the World's Funniest Island Festival is at http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/theyre-oldies-but-goodies/2009/07/09/1246732417055.html  
 
They're oldies but Goodies
Sydney Morning Herald
July 10, 2009
 
The last time British comedy trio the Goodies played in Australia, in 2005, they played to 15,000 people in Sydney alone. The tour of their first live stage show was only supposed to run to a handful of gigs but no one anticipated the nostalgic pull of the sitcom-sketch show. "When we got talked into doing the live show by [promoter] John Pinder, we figured one week! We ended up doing 60 shows. We will never forgive him for making us work so hard," Tim Brooke-Taylor remembers. This time around, Bill Oddie will join Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden (via satellite) for four performances in the Big Top, an hour of "reminiscences and funny bits" hosted by the Chaser's Andrew Hansen, a "total Goodies nut".
 
The three British comedians met at Cambridge University where they performed in the Footlights Club. They went on to perform in a number of radio and TV comedy shows before creating The Goodies in 1970, a mix of slapstick, surreal gags, situation comedy and camera tricks. The series ran to 78 episodes and has been aired continuously in Australia for almost 40 years. "They're all great raconteurs. Goodies nuts will just want to be in the same room as them - they're like gurus," John Pinder says.
 
 
GOODIES JACKET FOR AUCTION
(Lisa Manekofsky – 15th Jun)
 
Sorry for the short notice, but I've only just learned about this.
 
Tomorrow Bonham's in Knightsbridge, England will be holding an auction of Entertainment Memorabilia including garments from films and TV shows which are currently owned by Angels the Costumiers. Knowing that Angels obtained a jacket from "The Goodies Almost Live" episode about a year ago I checked the auction listing - sure enough, the jacket is in the auction (as part of Lot 66).   The specific item is the jacket Tim wore during the performance for "Please Let Us Play" (as seen in the first photo at the bottom of this page: http://www.goodiesruleok.com/articles.php?id=63&page=7  
 
Hopefully the jacket will go to a Goodies fan!
 
Here are the details:
        * AUCTIONEER BONHAM'S MAIN PAGE: http://www.bonhams.com/  
        * PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THIS AUCTION: http://tinyurl.com/nvmkyh  
        * DETAILS ABOUT LOT 66, including a photo of Tim's jacket:
        * BBC NEWS STORY ABOUT THE AUCTION:
 
If any of you are the lucky bidder, let us know!
 
 
TIME OUT GOODIES INTERVIEW
(Lisa Manekofsky – 24th Jun)
 
The SOTCAA (Some of the Corpses are Amusing) website has posted Time Out reporter John Lewis's transcript of his 2003 interview with The Goodies.
This is substantially longer than the edited version which appeared in the magazine.
 
The transcript can be found at:
 
(Thanks to the SOTCAA gang for their link to the fan club's website!)
 
 
R.I.P. MOLLIE SUGDEN
(from information contributed by Lisa Manekofsky – 2nd Jul)
 
Goodies guest star Mollie Sugden (and star of "Are You Being Served?") has passed away. Sugden appeared as the Minister For Trade & Domestic Affairs in the series 1 Goodies episode "Playgirl Club" (aka "Caught In The Act") in 1970.
 
 
There's a funny bit during the DVD commentary for "Kitten Kong", when Graeme's character has discovered Twinkle is missing and yells "What have you done with my pussy?!!". On the commentary track you can hear the present day Goodies saying something like "ooh, Mrs. Slocombe!" ;)
(I should mention that "Kitten Kong" predated "Are You Being Served?" so it wasn't an intentional reference.)
 
 
GOODIES REPEATS
(Lisa Manekofsky – 14th Jul)
 
* Thursdays & Sundays - SKY NZ's New Comedy Central channel is repeating "The Goodies". (Thanks for raymond for this info!)
 
* various dates & times - The Comedy Channel in Australia currently is repeating episodes of "The Goodies". Consult their website (at http://www.comedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211 ) for details about episodes coming up in the next 7 days. 
 
 
4. 2001 AND A BIT
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If you've sighted Tim, Bill or Graeme in a post-Goodies role, e-mail <clarion@goodiesruleok.com> so that we can tell everyone where to spot a Goodie nowadays. Large files (such as scans of articles or photos) for posting on the club's website can be sent to us at: groksite@gmail.com
Those of you seeking radio and tv alerts between issues of the C&G should consider signing up for the Goodies-l mailing list (more details available on the club website), as our crack (cracked?!) team of reporters attempt to post alerts as the information becomes available.
 
** (All items in this section contributed by Lisa Manekofsky, except where otherwise credited) **
 
 
BILL SPOTTINGS
 
* Weds, 15 July; Sun, 19 July; Sun, 26 July - "Bill Oddie Goes Wild" is repeated on Blighty at various times. Check your local listings for details.
(14th Jul)
 
 
* Tues, July 21st & 28th - "Raiders of the Lost Archive" episodes 2 & 3 are finally being screened on ITV. The first episode should air at 22:30; check your local listings to confirm times for both episodes. Bill Oddie appears in the second edition, which includes clips from "BBC3" and "Engelbert and the Young Generation". (Thanks to Sosia & Andrew Pixley for this info).
(14th Jul)
 
 
* Thurs, 23 July - "SMart!" on BBC1 at 16:35 is a repeat of an episode with Bill Oddie.
(14th Jul)
 
 
GRAEME SPOTTINGS
 
* AT LAST SMITH & JONES
A DVD compilation of the 1980s sketch comedy series Alas Smith & Jones, starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, was recently released in the UK - http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&sku=861736 . Extras include four short comedy plays which aired as part of the series Smith & Jones In Small Doses in 1989. One of these plays, The Whole Hog, was written by Graeme Garden and sees a divorced couple encounter each other ten years after their split, when significant changes have occurred in their circumstances.
(Alison Bean – 13th Jul)
 
 
* Mon, 20 July - "QI" on Dave at 21:00 & again at 23:30 is a repeat of the episode with Graeme Garden.
(14th Jul)
 
 
TIM SPOTTINGS
 
* Currently available on iPlayer is BBC Radio 7's "Comedy Greats – The Seventies Part One". Hosted by Barry Cryer, this show includes an episode of "Hello Cheeky" (the series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, & John Junkin). It can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b007jtlc  
(7th Jul)
 
 
I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T A CLUE (ISIHAC) and
I'M SORRY I'LL READ THAT AGAIN (ISIRTA)
 
* Here are a few links for articles about the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" which starts Monday, 15 June on BBC Radio 4.
 
- The BBC Comedy Blog piece about the new series. This page includes photos from the first recording (April 26th) at which the guest chair was Stephen Fry:
Additional photos from the recording are at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue/gallery/  
 
- An article from The Independent can be read at:
 
- A short item from The Evening Standard:
The BBC still have no clue ; Londoner's Diary
June 12, 2009
"JONATHAN Ross and Russell Brand have a lot to answer for. Since the vulgar duo's obscene on-air mocking of Andrew Sachs, the BBC has installed lawyers in the audiences of all pre-recorded shows, including the new series of Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Urbane presenter and jazzman Humphrey Lyttelton, now replaced by Stephen Fry, must be spinning in his grave."
(14th Jun)
 
 
* Article and video clip about the first clue recording going out this evening (actually recorded at the Newcastle recording)
(Clair – 15th Jun)
 
 
* Following are the links to two articles from The Times about the first episode in the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". That episode, by the way, is now available worldwide from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00l0xxg  (if you have trouble with that link you can also hear the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l0xxg/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_51_Episode_1/ )
 
- From The Times Comment section:
- From The Times Arts & Entertainment section:
(15th Jun)
 
 
* Here's the link to a nice piece from The Stage
(16th Jun)
 
 
* I've just come across an interview with Barry (who discusses "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", among other things) from BBC Radio Scotland's "Comedy Zone" last Friday (12 June). The show should be available for another day from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l13xw/Comedy_Zone_12_06_2009/  
Barry's interview starts around the 5 hour 4 minute mark.
(17th Jun)
 
 
* An episode of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (with Tim, Graeme, & Bill) was included in BBC Radio 7's "Comedy Greats - The Sixties Part 1"; it can be heard until Saturday from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b007jthv  
(24th Jun)
 
 
* Thanks to club member New_Roosterman for the news that the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Live on Stage" DVD is due to be released in Australia in August. EzyDVD are listing the release date as 6 August 2009. The link to the item is http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/806865  
(8th Jul)
 
 
* "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" series 51 episode 5 (from Monday, 13 July) with guest chair Rob Brydon and guest panelist Phill Jupitus can be heard online from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ljy2b/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_51_Episode_5/  
The episode will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4) this coming Sunday at noon.
(13th Jul)
 
 
* Still available on Listen Again until 18 July - "Comedy Greats – The Seventies Part 2", which is hosted by Barry Cryer, includes a vintage episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"; it can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007k1kw/Comedy_Greats_The_Seventies_Part_2/
(14th Jul)
 
 
* Mondays - "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" BBC Radio 4 at 18:30, with each episode repeated at noon the following Sunday. The show can be heard worldwide from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4  . Each episode will be available for a week after the Monday broadcast from Listen Again (via the BBC iPlayer).
(14th Jul)
 
 
ISIHAC STAGE TOUR
 
* The dates for the 2009 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Stage Tour have been posted on the show's official website at http://www.isihac.net/tour_dates2.html .
We are continually updating the show information in the fan club's FAQ (http://www.goodiesruleok.com/faq.php?topic=13 ) to provide additional details where possible such as links to the venues' websites, URLs for booking tickets, box office phone numbers, & ticket prices.
 
 
5. A COLLECTION OF GOODIES THEMES # 12
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(by Brett Allender)
 
GOODIES TARGETS – DAVID FROST
 
Sir David Paradine Frost was born in Kent in 1939 and attended Cambridge shortly before the three Goodies did. Like the Goodies, he was involved with the Footlights Drama Society at Cambridge, serving as the Secretary in his final year. After graduating, Frost was chosen to host a pioneering satirical show titled "That Was The Week That Was", and one of the comedy writers that he signed up in 1964 was a young Bill Oddie, who had just returned from the Footlights' "Cambridge Circus" tour of the U.S. 
 
"The Frost Report" from 1966 and 1967 was an important launching pad for the television careers of the likes of John Cleese and the Two Ronnies, and Frost's scriptwriting team included two future Goodies – Bill and Tim – plus Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and various other budding comedians.
Frost would go on to host many other TV programs in Britain and America, including his self-titled "The David Frost Show", but he is perhaps best known for his probing interviews of U.S. Presidents, most notably Richard Nixon. His present media commitment is a weekly current affairs show titled "Frost Over the World" on the Al Jazeera English channel
 
As a prominent TV and media figure during the 1970s, he was ripe for the picking as a target for The Goodies, but their stirring of him was always done with a measure of fondness as he had given both Bill and Tim early opportunities to show their own comedy wares. As Tim mentions in a past interview for the Goodies Clarion & Globe newsletter, "David Frost gave me my first break. He backed At Last The 1948 Show. John Cleese and I were editors (smart word for researchers) of his live chat show in the mid sixties. They were brilliant. But it gave me an ulcer. We made fun of his self importance but we liked him. Still do."
 
The swipes at Frost first appear on the Goodies' agenda in the second series of the show, where he scores a mention in three separate episodes, and then periodically throughout the remaining series. In Pollution, Tim is extremely annoyed by the Ministry Of Pollution creating such a terrible mess of the environment so that they can then profit by cleaning it up again, and he picks up the phone, grumbling: "I'm going to make a complaint to the very highest authority." Graeme (shocked): "Not ..." Bill (also shocked): "... David Frost!" T (taken aback): "No, not that high ... no ... no ...!" He ends up phoning the considerably lower authority of the Prime Minister instead!
 
In Antiques, Tim is launching into one of his patriotic speeches because a group of rich American art dealers have had the temerity to bid astronomical prices ("One million billion trillion quintillion zillion pounds!") to snap up a historic British artwork at Sotheby's auction house. The fact that the portrait's artist Velasquez is actually Spanish is lost on Tim as he castigates the Americans: "Too many times you've taken too much from us. London Bridge ... the Queen Mary ... Julie Andrews and David Frost. And we're grateful!" But not so grateful that they're plundering the country's art treasures, it seems.
 
The Goodies are running a 'Nice Person Of The Year Award' in Double Trouble, with themselves in the running against people like Liberace, Tony Blackburn, Moira Anderson, Lovelace Watkins, Hughie Green ("a bunch of creeps", according to Bill) and the unknown Dr Petal. The phone rings and Tim answers: "Hello. No, it's not too late to enter. You wish to nominate a contestant? Certainly. Could I have your name please? David what? Frist, yes. No, Frost … David Frost! (T gasps in mock amazement while B looks disgusted) And who do you wish to nominate? David Frost … that's right, yes it is super, isn't it?   Yes and you're a very wonderful human being too! Yes. Byeee!" (hangs up with a disdainful look) G (gleefully setting the winning odds): David Frost! A million to one! T: "No, two million!" (with B nodding in agreement)
 
That Old Black Magic sees a corrupted Graeme performing some awful magic tricks in his hideout at Clapham Common, with Tim and Bill (disguised as virgins) trembling at the thought of being offered as sacrifices when Graeme ultimately summons up the devil. Following Graeme's incantation of "Appear to us, lord of darkness, leader of lost souls, all powerful one!", Bill shrieks "No, not him!!" and Graeme's assistant opens a curtain to reveal a stage with a talk show setting of comfy-looking chairs and a table with microphones on it. As Graeme roars "See he approaches!" a Satan-like image looms at the back of stage spouting a characteristic greeting of "Hello, good evening and welcome." to the theme music of Frost's TV show. Bill and Tim scream in terror before Witch Hazel intervenes and pits her good magic against Graeme's evil, exploding the stage set and successfully sending Frost packing with an apologetic squeak from him of "Sorry about that. Got to go now. Back in a trice. Byeee!"
 
In Clown Virus, the Goodies are summoned to a nearby US military base and while waiting for Major Charles M. Cheeseburger to show up, they are astonished by the arsenal of various germ warfare missiles and nerve gas canisters that they find inside Command HQ. As well as the run-of-the-mill tear gas and laughing gas, they find stocks of Clap Gas. G (holding up a can): "Spray the enemy with this and no matter what appalling horrors he's faced with, he bursts into applause." T (disbelievingly): "Oh rubbish!" (G sprays T & B and they start clapping) B: "Good heavens, that's extremely useful. (looks at the desk) And there's a very big order here ... from David Frost!", which causes Graeme to have a chuckle as well.
 
The initial sequence of Scatty Safari features a tour of the Goodies Star Safari Park with a bunch of tourists madly clicking cameras at the various exhibits on show. This includes a candlestick-carrying Liberace being hunted down and tackled heavily to the ground by a pack of journalists including David Frost and Michael Parkinson, who have "got the scent of a celebrity."
 
The episode Scoutrageous has Lone Scout Graeme and his partner-in-crime Bill desperate to get hold of the one last scouting badge that still eludes them - the World Domination badge. As Graeme explains to Bill, this particular badge is very rare and hard to obtain: "There's only three people that have those. That was Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar and David Frost. Mind you, Frosty pinched his!"
 
One of the two opening ads for Graeme's new advertising business in Politics sees a gentleman wearing a long trenchcoat asking for help from a female ticketing officer to the reply of "I'm sorry Mr Frost, I really don't think I can.". He then flashes her and, rather impressed, she remarks "Oh, that'll do nicely" and credits his 'American Excess' card!. Later in this episode during the election coverage, guest presenter David Dimblemblm tells us: "As this is the first ever general election to have been nominated for a film and television Academy Award, we'll be going over for comments from Tony Hatch, Tommy Trinder and Mickey Most (shown sitting at a table in the studio). And we've got David Frost all the way over there in New York … so with any luck we shan't be hearing from him!"
 
Frost's final Goodies send-up comes in the BBC episode Animals where Bill, as a representative of the Freedom Of Vegetables League, appears on the Rabid Frost Programme, which is hosted by a black Labrador dog. Rabid's other guest is a rabbit, which is the leader of the Animal Revolutionary Party, and when Bill (who has already upset animal members of the studio audience by thanking Rabid for the opportunity of "eating your guest ... er, meeting your guest, sorry, sorry!") ends up making rabbit stew out of the leader while explaining that he sees the whole country as "one great big melting pot", all hell breaks loose. 
 
In the dog-eats-dog world of satirical comedy and given the degree of verbal battering that the Goodies inflict on their other targets like Nicholas Parsons, Rolf Harris and Max Bygraves (not much!) for instance, Frost actually gets off pretty lightly despite their jibes at him still being quite amusing and an enjoyable feature of the show. It's a pity that he never actually appeared in person as a guest on The Goodies at some stage given his own very impressive comedy and entertainment background.
 
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6. GOODIES WORD FINDER SOLUTION (from C&G 163)
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(by Brett Allender)
 
Clue: One word of 12 letters - "the flavour of a product that the Goodies advertise"
 
Blackcurrant
 
 
7. QUIZ & QUOTE ANSWERS
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(a) Graeme
(b) Tim dressed as Margaret Thatcher
(c) Politics
(d) "Ouch, I've pulled a flamin' muscle!"
(e) "Commit Harry Corbett!"
(f) Enter With Drag On
(g) Peckinpah's Perfect Puddings (None Blacker)
(h) Choice of pig's blood, calves' stomachs, tom kitten's unmentionables, monosodium glutamate, rat's brains and dung
 
YOUR SCORE:
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7    Goodies fan supreme
5-6 Clever clogs
3-4 Reasonably Goodie
1-2 Thick as old boots
0    Rolf Harris!
 
 
NEXT C&G EDITION:
- #165:    12th August 2009.
 
UPCOMING ARTICLES:
- Aug/Sep: Goodies Music Review – Panic
- Sep/Oct: A Collection Of Goodies Themes – Bill's outfits and costumes
 
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Updated to C&G 162 (May 2009)
 
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