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The Goodies

Goodies interview on BBC Radio London 12 November / Bristol newspaper article
12/11/2010 05:41 GMT

Posted by lisa

* All three Goodies are scheduled to do an interview with BBC Radio London on 12th November around 12pm, just before the HMV Oxford Street DVD signing.

* A reminder that The Goodies are going to be at HMV Oxford Street (London) to meet fans and sign copies of the new DVDs on Fri 12th Nov. Here's the Facebook link for the event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118525424875715

* On Tuesday the Bristol Evening Post ran an article about the Goodies event Sunday night.  The article can be found online at http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/entertainmentnews/Reunion-good-guys-comedy-gain-award/article-2852240-detail/article.html ; a cut & paste of the text is below.  (On a personal note, the quotes attributed to Lisa in this article actually came from someone else due to a mix-up by the reporter).

Comedy trio The Goodies were reunited on stage in Bristol

By John Houseman

COMEDY trio The Goodies were reunited on stage in Bristol to launch a festival and receive a lifetime achievement award.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie were in the city exactly 40 years to the day since making their screen debut in 1970.

They were helping to launch the Slapstick Comedy Festival, where they will be performing live in January.

The Goodies, whose show of the same name was watched by millions on BBC and later ITV in the 1970s and 80s, have also re-released their 1975 novelty hit The Funky Gibbon to raise money for the International Primate Protection League.


At the launch event they were handed the Aardman Slapstick Award for Visual Comedy Excellence by festival organiser Chris Daniels.

The award was a custom-made figure of Aardman's animated slapstick character Morph, made by the company's model-makers.

Mr Daniels said: "For more than a decade these three people produced pioneering satirical, intelligent and downright silly comedy in a golden age of British comedy.

"It is an honour to present these iconic figures of British comedy with the award, which is fully deserved on the 40th anniversary of their television debut."

Mr Garden said: "It's fun getting back together. We never really lost touch. Tim and I worked together on radio but to be back together promoting The Goodies thing again is quite interesting."

Mr Oddie said: "It's one of the great mysteries of all time, along with the pyramids of Egypt why didn't The Goodies ever get repeated by the BBC?

"We genuinely don't know. Many people have asked but it's great to be back together."

In their 12 years together, The Goodies rediscovered the Lost Island of Munga, represented the UK in the Winter Olympics, started Britain's space programme and blew up the BBC.

First appearing on our screens in November 1970, the trio were prime-time mainstays for the next decade and were the fifth biggest-grossing pop act of 1975.

Their shows, in which the trio played an agency of three bicycling blokes for hire to do "anything, anywhere, anytime", were freewheeling streams-of-nonsense in which TV conventions were upended and every silent-movie gag in history lovingly re-created.

Mr Garden and Mr Brooke-Taylor appear as regular panellists on BBC Radio 4 game show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, while Mr Oddie has carved a career as a wildlife presenter.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, a Goodies DVD At Last, Back For More, Again, which features eight of the best episodes is being released.

Fans travelled from around the world to see the reunion on Sunday night.

Self-proclaimed "superfan" Lisa Manekofsky travelled all the way from Rhode Island in the US to see the performance.

She said: "I absolutely love them and it was so good to see them perform together.

"I was starting to think I never would so when I heard tickets were going on sale I knew I had to come down as it may be the last chance."

Linda Southern, 35, from Dublin, Ireland said: "As soon as I heard they were performing I was on the phone with my credit card at 9am. I'm 35 years old and I feel like a teenager at a Boyzone concert I'm so excited.

"I saw Tim and Graeme as part of the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue radio show but to see Bill Oddie on stage with them as part of the trio is just fantastic."

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