The Goodies Rule – O.K.?

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"The Goodies Rule – O.K.?"
The Goodies episode
Episode no. Series 5
Episode 50 (of 76)
Directed by Jim Franklin
Produced by
StarringTim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden
Bill Oddie
Original air date 21 December 1975
(Sunday — 7.25 p.m.)
Guest appearance(s)
Michael Barratt (as himself)
the "Interviewer"
Tony Blackburn (as himself)
Sue Lawley (as herself)
Patrick Moore (as himself)
Eddie Waring (as himself)
Terry Wogan (as himself)
Corbet Woodall (as himself)
the "Newsreader"
Norman Mitchell as
the "Town Crier"
Ronald Russell — as "..."
Roland MacLeod as
"Robert McKenzie"
Barry Cryer (voice) only
Sheila Steafel as the (voice) of
the Queen
Jim Styles the
Punch & Judy Show
Kenny Everett as
Candidate (uncreditted)
Episode chronology
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"The End"
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"Lips, or Almighty Cod"
List of The Goodies episodes

"The Goodies Rule – OK.?" is a special episode[1] of the award-winning British comedy television series The Goodies.

The costume designer for this episode was BBC costume designer Dee Robson.

As always, it was written by The Goodies, with songs and music by Bill Oddie.

Plot[edit]

It is the early 60s and the Goodies are trying to make it big as pop stars. However, at every turn, their ideas are ripped off by acts who then go on to be much more successful than the Cricklewood trio — The Beatles, The Supremes and The Bachelors. Despondent and on Skid Row, they decide to get their own back by stealing the most famous characteristics of some of the most successful artists around - Elton John's glasses, the Bay City Rollers' trousers, Donny Osmond's teeth, etc.

They are so successful, the Top 10 is packed wall to wall with Goodies singles. The trio play Wembley Stadium, although to avoid crowd trouble, the audience is made up entirely of police. Having saved the pop business single-handedly, the Goodies are awarded OBEs at a spectacularly waterlogged royal garden party. To distract the nation from the appalling state of the economy, the Goodies are employed to cheer up the nation and they oblige with an irritating song and dance craze called "The Bounce".

With the nation in chaos, a General Election is called (featuring comedian Kenny Everett in a cameo as one of the candidates), but is won by a party advocating no enjoyment whatsoever, populated by shop window dummies. With entertainment now illegal, the Goodies become Robin Hood-style outlaws, travelling the nation giving impromptu variety shows and hanging out in "jokeeasies" where they plot to overthrow the government. However, it's not that easy — the entertainers have been banned for so long they can't remember their old routines. Finally, the Goodies manage to oust the dummies and the Entertainers take power — but with their memories gone, Bill suggests another option – a puppet government.

Taking this literally, popular puppets Sooty and Sweep are now the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, and the Houses Of Parliament are now full of screeching hand puppets. With their government at risk from these stuffed pretenders, the Goodies sneak into the Prime Minister's residence, Chequers, to remonstrate with the puppets. However they are immediately attacked and pursued by various giant versions of famous puppets from television in the 50s, 60s and 70s. They are threatened by a 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo; Tim eats up a giant hybrid of Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and the Cookie Monster (from Sesame Street); he and Graeme are challenged to a sword fight by Bill and Ben, the Flower Pot Men; and Bill is roughly beaten up by The Wombles (a sly nod to the chart rivalry between The Goodies and Mike Batt's Wombles singles).

Having vanquished their foes, the Goodies relax... but charging up behind them is a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) Dougal, the dog from The Magic Roundabout. As Graeme tries to ride the mighty "beast" and Tim is run over by the thing, Bill grapples with an enormous Zebedee, from the same programme. The trio guide Dougal and Zebedee back to the country house where they comprehensively destroy the building and the puppet government.

Having hidden down a handy manhole, the Goodies return following this coup to their woodland retreat and look on as the Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties agree to form a coalition government. All seems well until the camera pulls back and reveals that Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson and Jeremy Thorpe are actually puppets being worked by... the Goodies. They smirk knowingly.

However... the last laugh is on the trio - and we see Bill, Graeme and Tim being worked by strings held by... director Jim Franklin.

Cultural references[edit]

Celebrities and famous people Politics, shows and events Puppets
The Beatles Pathe Newsreel Hector, Mrs Kiki the frog and Zaa-Zaa the cat
from 1960s puppet series, Hector's House
(Hector was the first puppet to attack the Goodies)
The Supremes Top of the Pops Sooty and Sweep, Soo the Panda and Kipper the Cat
from
The Sooty Show (ITV aired it in 1975)
The Bachelors It Ain't Half Hot Mum Dougal and Zebedee
from The Magic Roundabout
Cliff Richard The Untouchables
spoofed as "The Unmentionables"
Bill and Ben and Little Weed
from Flower Pot Men
Cilla Black Saint Valentine's Day massacre Punch and Judy
Pete Murray Speakeasys
spoofed as Joke-easys
Paddington Bear
(prior to the BBCtv series)
Yehudi Menuhin Prohibition Pussycat Willum
from Small Time made by Associated Redifussion / ITV
Andrés Segovia Keep Britain Tidy
spoofed as "Keep Britain Gloomy"
Basil Brush
Duane Eddy Witchfinder General
Matthew Hopkins spoofed as "The Mirthfinders"
Rupert Bear & Bill Badger
Ravi Shanker Nationwide The Furry White Woofumpuss
from Vision On
Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson Election Special and Robert McKenzie Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and Cookie Monster
from Sesame Street (hybrid seen in bin, attacking Tim.)
Elton John Come Dancing Pinky and Perky
two puppet pigs from the 1960s, who sound the alarm
The Rubettes Conservative Party Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo
from the 1950s / 1960s TV series Andy Pandy
Alvin Stardust Labour Party Big Ears
from The Adventures of Noddy
Bay City Rollers Liberal Party Clangers
(a Clanger is seen speaking in the Houses of Parliament)
Donny Osmond Prime Minister The Wombles
Lynsey De Paul Chancellor of the Exchequer
Telly Savalas Kojak
Gary Glitter Town crier
Roy Wood Wizzard
Max Wall Frank Spencer
from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Michael Barratt Robin Hood
Patrick Moore Music to Midnight
a BBC Radio 2 late night music show from 1972
Terry Wogan
Eddie Waring
Tommy Cooper
Ken Dodd
Tony Blackburn
Rolf Harris
Alan Whicker
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
Jimmy Savile
Val Doonican
Harry Secombe
Jeremy Thorpe
John Peel
spoofed as
"Sir John Peel of the Funky Gibbon Party"
Harold Wilson
Margaret Thatcher
Sue Lawley

Note[edit]

The segment with the 20-foot-long (6.1 m) Dougal, from The Magic Roundabout, was filmed at Parnham House, Dorset.

DVD and VHS releases[edit]

This episode has been released on DVD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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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