Pollution (The Goodies)

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The Goodies episode
Episode no. Series 2
Episode 10 (of 76)
Produced by
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden
Bill Oddie
Original air date 15 October 1971
(Friday — 10.10 p.m.)
Guest appearance(s)
Ronnie Stevens as the
"Minster for Pollution"
Corbet Woodall (as himself)
(the "Newsreader")
Peter Davidson as "..."
Eric Kent as "..."
Gordon Hann as "..."
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List of The Goodies episodes

"Pollution" is an episode of the award-winning British comedy television series The Goodies.

This episode is also known as "The Ministry of Pollution".

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


Tim, Graeme and Bill go to the beach for a swim, but discover that the water is polluted. Then they notice how widespread the pollution is. They discover that the Ministry for Pollution is responsible for the problem.

The Goodies arrange for widespread grass to overcome the pollution, by seeding the clouds with grass seeds, and the results are far beyond their wildest dreams. Cars can no longer be driven, because the streets cannot be seen, and everybody grows grass instead of hair. Lawn mowers are in fashion as transport — also in fashion are tiny garden ornaments and scarecrows which are made especially for wearing in people's hair. Birds also profit by being able to build nests in the hair.

Although all seems to be idyllic, the Goodies find that there is an unexpected drawback to their environmental solution to the problem.


  • "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

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