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The Goodies save Britain, and about time

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-19

Whilst Tim, Graeme and Bill haven't been away entirely from radio (OK, Bill has been AWOL for a while, in a gilly suit in a forest) the Goodies have not been seen for over 30 years and now... they're back and nothing has changed, except the wonderful Dirk Maggs is now at the helm as director. The Goodies should have been as big as Python, and I say that as a big Python fan. It can't be easy to write sketches and skits but to write with the same creativity and lunacy and also have to have a narrative which links everything logically and chronologically takes genius. That's why I think Python's best work is at the cinema. The Holy Grail and Brian show real discipline and controlled talent. The Goodies did this brilliantly for 67 episodes but then faded away into the great entertainment ether.(Damn you, Bill Cotton) For some unforgivable reason the series has never been repeated, even on Dave! But now here they are and they are still brilliant. Bill and Graeme share writing credit but you can still identify Graeme's puns. He should have an OBE for services to comedy - without Graeme on 'Clue' and other quiz shows, we wouldn't have Tim Vine, Milton Jones, etc. Bill still writes funny songs and Tim still wears his union jack waistcoat but the comedy feels fresh, alive and marvelously groan-able. As with all the best puns you wonder why no one thought of it before. If you remember the Goodies, get this and relive your youth. If you're too young to remember, don't worry, it isn't your fault. Get this and turn your 'silly' monitor up and laugh out loud. Thank you Audible for bringing back a classic, and this time it's really worth it.

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