I’ve been wanting to do a post about the Goodies and their connection to Monty Python. For those not in the know, the Goodies are also classic British Humour, although it was more visual than Monty Python. The show was sort of like the US’s Rocky and Bullwinkle in that it played to all ages. There is a belief that the controller of the BBC during the 1980s did not personally like the series. John Howard Davies has stated, on the ‘Return of The Goodies‘ reunion programme that he did not want to broadcast any Goodies repeats.
The BBC has issued DVDs of select episodes, but the BBC was never enthusiastic about promoting them when it released two videos of the series in the 1990s. The cast finally took matters into their own hands and arranged with Network Video for the release of digitally-remastered “best of” selections.
I should add that there is a bootleg issue out there as well of the Complete Goodies:
While the bootleg may be for “a good cause”, these are bootlegs with the poor quality associated with such disks. Not to mention the artists (and the Beeb) don’t see any royalties from these disks.
Maybe, we can get the Beeb to see sense even if they dislike the series! After all, they need to get some revenue for these programmes.
So, if we can get the name(s) of the powers that be who make these decisions, maybe they can be persuaded to get their act together.
- The Goodies at the BBC
- The Goodies from Wikipedia
- The Goodies (TV series) Also Wikipedia
- List of The Goodies episodes
- The Official Goodies Rule -OK! Fan Club Website
- Goodies call for repeats campaign