Holiday (The Goodies)
|The Goodies episode|
|Episode no.||Series 9
Episode 75 (of 76)
|Original air date||6 February 1982
(Saturday — 6.45 p.m.)
This episode is also known as "Holidays" and as "The Holiday" and as "Holiday in Dunsquabbling".
Written by The Goodies, with songs and music by Bill Oddie.
Tim is fed up with being ignored by the overworked and short-tempered Bill and Graeme, and suggests a three-week holiday for two in a ramshackle, poorly designed, leaky cottage called Dunsquabblin. After battling dismal weather, boredom, indoor birdwatching and failed attempts at relaxation, the team decide to stage 'a musical evening'.
- Bill impersonates Animal from The Muppet Show during his assault on the pots-and-pans drumkit.
- The episode ends with a parody of The Good Old Days, a long-running BBC variety series, which degenerates into an Oi! shoutalong, complete with a destructive finale reminiscent of The Who.
- Graeme makes references to Space Invaders, an early and extremely popular arcade game and plays with an oversized prop Rubik's Cube in one scene.
- On the DVD audio commentary, Bill Oddie notes that the card game played in this episode, 'Spat', bears some resemblance to Mornington Crescent from Brooke-Taylor and Garden's radio series I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
DVD and VHS releases
This episode has been released on DVD.
- 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
- ("Holiday" is listed under an alternative title at IMDb)