the good, the bad and the goodies

For a while now I’ve been interested in exploring back and finding the things I used to watch as a kid to find out how they might’ve influenced what I like now. A few of these things that I’ve rewatched have been awesome – much better than I remember, like Miami Vice. Then others have been shudder-worthy, like Night Rider. I should say I never purposefully rewatched any Night Rider, but happened to see a bit on Korean TV one night while stuck in a hotel room. Then there’s The Goodies.

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The Goodies was on at 6pm on the ABC for ages and I can remember watching it when I was 7 or 8. Some of the ideas for episodes were very memorable. Like the Pirate Radio station, and the one where they were cemented into their house and stuck there for the whole episode. And there was the one where Tim and Bill went to the moon to find the rabbits they’d blasted up there, only to find the rabbits had become supra-intelligent. While in the rocket and talking to ground control they said “Beep!” after each sentence. I can remember a lot of kids at school the next day were saying beep! after everything they said.

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I like seeing some of the fashions from back then too. The above shot is from the season 2 (1971) episode, Gender Education. Some of the early episodes had an environmental theme. Apparently they’d complain about being pigeon-holed as a kids’ show, but every episode would include these long no-dialog slapstick scenes layered with bad music from Bill Oddie. While rewatching that was where it was falling dead for me.

And despite the green angle, and doing an episode about women’s equality there’d be these occasional bits of weird, antiquated racism. Then I watched the South Africa episode from season 5 last night, and it was fucking horrible. Constant talk of ‘nig-nogs’ and black minstrel impressions. I’m sure most of that would’ve been cut from the episode when shown in Australia in the 1980s but nevertheless, it’s strange to think that was on TV in Britain in 1975. It’s not that long ago. I’m deleting the rest of that torrent file and will have to find something else to watch while eating dinner.

5 thoughts on “the good, the bad and the goodies”

  1. re 1975 nignogs:
    that era in London was rife with ‘paki-bashing’.

    I loved The Goodies. The Punk Goodies with Jane Asher being the Caroline (something) NME reporter and very topically satirising (if that’s possible) the SexPistols appearance on Bill Grundys show.
    I do empathise with old favourites ‘not holding up’ to re-viewing. The opposite effect is where I have no interest
    (I tried but turned off after 15 mins) in Downton Abbey, because I saw The Duchess Of Duke Street, and Upstairs Downstairs, way back when. they were better.

  2. Indeed, the film My Beautiful Laundrette dealt with the topic of pakistanis in England. I think the thing that got me about the goodies, was that they seemed progressive on other things, and it’s not like it was ‘just normal’ then. There were other tv shows that were presenting minorities in a better way.

  3. Graham Garden turned up in the London papers today, due to living in Chipping Norton near Rebekah Wade/brooks, and Jeremy Clarkson, Mathew Freud, PM Cameron, and all the evil old etonians involved in corrupt press/police activities.
    He was MC at the local Festival, which none of the smarties listed, went anywhere near.
    Doin the funky gibbon.

    1. You know I was amazed at looking at the wiki entries on all three of them to find that they were all alive. I was sure I’d read that TBT was dead. Anyway, one positive for them is that none of them are tax exiles.

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