Animals (The Goodies)

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The Goodies episode
Episode no.Series 8
Episode 5
Original air date11 February 1980
(Monday — 8.10 p.m.)
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"Animals" is an episode of the award-winning British comedy television series The Goodies.

This episode is also known as "Animal Liberation" and "Animal Lib" and also "Watership Down".

Written by The Goodies, with songs and music by Bill Oddie.


Tim has been collecting various animals to take part in showbiz. However, his agency is not a commercial success due to his pathetic ways of training animals and Bill's craze of hunger for meat which he haven't eaten while feeding the animals, Grahame just returns to collects Lions for the circus but Tim have no Big cats or bears for cruel taming. So, Bill and Graeme came up other ideas and put the animals to work in energy-saving domestic duties. Tim is horrified at what they have done, so he decides to support an "Animal Discrimination Act": Animals are granted equal rights with humans and it is now illegal for humans to exploit animals.

This includes a ban on eating animals, which enrages carnivore Bill, who decides to "speak out" for vegetables in the "Rabid Frost Programme", where he ends up eating the leader of the Animal Revolutionary Party and make animals angry for seeing the true meaning of human nature. In the end, the humans have to disguise themselves as rabbits to escape from the fury of the animals.

Cultural references[edit]


  • "The Complete Goodies" — Robert Ross, B T Batsford, London, 2000
  • "The Goodies Rule OK" — Robert Ross, Carlton Books Ltd, Sydney, 2006
  • "From Fringe to Flying Circus — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980'" — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980
  • "The Goodies Episode Summaries" — Brett Allender
  • "The Goodies — Fact File" — Matthew K. Sharp
  • "TV Heaven" — Jim Sangster & Paul Condon, HarperCollinsPublishers, London, 2005

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