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A Collection Of Goodies Media Interviews
Goodies - Television's Greatest Hits - 1998 - Print Email PDF 
Posted by bretta 27/12/2009

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TELEVISION'S GREATEST HITS - TRULY, MADLY, A TRANSCRIPT

 

(from C&G #34  September 1998

 

by Ian Cleveland, iancleve@aol.com.

 

                I have just watched The Goodies reunion on Television's Greatest Hits, anybody who thinks the Goodies are past it THINK AGAIN. The chemistry between these guys is fantastic, it transformed Bill into someone I thought had disappeared long ago. After seeing this I believe a new Goodies series could be more than just a dream.

                Here is the complete and unabridged transcript, as copied down diligently by me:

 

GABY ROSLIN:   Promoters have over the years offered millions to bring the remaining Beatles back together for one last gig and tonight on TV's Greatest Hits we go one better. What the Beatles were to the Sixties these guys were to the Seventies, not only did they have a string of chart hits they also starred in a TV show which ran for 10 years with a theme tune that haunts me to this day. Goodie, Goodie, Yum, Yum.

[This introduction was followed by clips from the show with the following comments underneath]

…it ran from 1970 to 1980

…they specialised in surreal and musical parodies

…no one was safe

…not even the Royals

[A clip from the Goodies `Top of the Pops ` appearance]

…They had five chart hits.  The Funky Gibbon reached number four

GABY:   Ladies and Gentlemen, TIM BROOKE TAYLOR, GRAEME GARDEN AND BILL ODDIE! Fantastic!

BILL:   Thanks for remembering who we were, because we had forgotten actually. That was like dying.

GABY:   Why?

BILL:   Seeing the whole of your life flash before your eyes in about two minutes.

GABY:   The audience absolutely loved it though didn't they?

TIM:   They're very intelligent good looking people and I am the biggest crawler in the country; but they're lovely.

GABY:   Where did the name "The Goodies" come from? I've never heard this, where did it come from?

BILL:   [ to Tim] Go on, no, no, no its very hard interviewing all three of us, so I'll shut up. [Laughter]

TBT:   In the Seventies there were all things like The Avengers and The Protectors and all sorts of different things, and we did a sort of a…[Bill interrupts; Tim turns to Bill] you said you wouldn't speak.

BILL:   Sorry.

TBT:   The first one we came up with was Super Chaps Three, which in hindsight I wished we'd had.

BILL:   I think its a flippin' good title actually, because I'd come up with so many bad ones.

TIM:   What were they? Name three amusing ones.

BO:   I don't remember, I blanked them instantly [laughs]. I seem to remember in the middle of the night thinking Goodies, Goodies that's it, because it sounded like a pop group and it had a goodies versus baddies sort of thing and so on and so forth.

GABY:   And can you believe then what happened ? These ten years you were on you became HUGE, absolutely huge, and also you became rock stars as a bit of a sideline, Graeme?

[Bill laughs]

GRAEME:   Yes, yes its absolutely true, we had records in the charts we appeared on Top Of The Pops.

GABY:   What was it like appearing in Top of The Pops?

GRAEME:   Well it was a bit embarrassing really, we thought "these three middle aged men turning up to do a number… "And we got there and found that they were all middle-aged men. All those young groups, they were ancient.

GABY:   Did you enjoy doing it ?

TIM:   Very much. It was a brilliant, brilliant ten or eleven years, we wouldn't mind doing it again actually.

GABY:   I was going to ask you…

TIM:   What slightly upsets us, and it's very kind of you to drag us out of retirement…

GABY:   No, but this is the first time the three of you have been together for twenty years.

BILL:   Ah.

TIM:   What slightly frustrates us is that anybody under twenty-four probably has no clue who we were, whereas in Australia it goes out all the time.

GABY:   Really ?

TIM:   And we have wonderful fans and fan clubs and they watch it and they're brilliant and they're young, sort of twenty - twenty five, it's a sort of cult there. But we are still and were very good friends and to actually work together…

GABY:   I was going to say, did you get on for real?

TIM:   Yes, when we can get a word in edgeways [turns to Bill], he's not normally like this, Bill, he gets excitable.

BILL:   Look, I spend all my time doing these flippin' wildlife programs, I have to go around whispering, pretending that I care about these sodding birds.

[Applause. Tim covers his eyes.]

GABY:   The truth is out!

BILL:   Attenborough's the same, he's just the same. You get David Attenborough on here, he'll bring his electric guitar, he's a big Hendrix fan, he'll be singing and…

TBT:   You're not putting yourself on the same level as…God?

BILL:   No.

GABY:   Ladies and Gentlemen, THE GOODIES!

[RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE]

 

* A real audio file of this interview is available now from http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/2934/sounds

.html thanks to David Balston *

 




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