The Goodies and the Beanstalk
|"The Goodies and the Beanstalk"|
|The Goodies episode|
|Episode no.||Series 4
Episode 33 (of 76)
|Original air date||24 December 1973
(Monday — 5.15 p.m.)
Alfie Bass as the "Giant"
Eddie Waring as himself
John Cleese as the "Genie"
Corbet Woodall as himself
"It's a Knockout")
Marcelle Samett as the
|Series 4 episodes|
Written by The Goodies, with songs and music by Bill Oddie.
Homeless and penniless, the Goodies have no food and are sleeping on park benches. Graeme and Tim decide to sell their trandem, but Bill is devastated. Bill takes the trandem, which he has named "Buttercup", to the market the next morning, but all he receives is a tin of baked beans.
Tim empties the contents of the tin onto Bill's head, but Graeme decides to plant one of the beans — 'just in case'. To the Goodies' surprise, a giant-sized beanstalk shoots up behind them. The beanstalk crosses the English channel and continues to grow along the ground until it reaches the foot of Mount Everest. Bill borrows a flute from a snakecharmer — with the beanstalk then climbing up the side of the mountain and disappearing into some clouds at the top.
Tim notices an ad in a newspaper for competitors for It's a Knockout — part of the competition being to climb the beanstalk. With nothing to lose, the Goodies decide to represent Britain. Other countries being represented include Germany and Italy, whose contestants meet a gruesome end.
At the top of the beanstalk, a castle can be seen in the distance. Gaining entry into the castle, the Goodies discover a room with several gold eggs. When they leave the room with as many gold eggs as they can carry, they find themselves in a very large room with a very high ceiling, a giant-size coffee mug and an enormous recipe book, with a recipe for "Shepherd's Pie" (beginning with the instruction 'first peel two shepherds'). Then, hearing the words "Fe, Fo, Fi, Fum", Bill comments that it must be the Giant. The Goodies try to hide, with Bill climbing into the giant's mug.
The 'giant', who turns out to be surprisingly small in size, promises the Goodies that they will be paid in gold eggs (created using a formula he had developed when he was a zookeeper), if they remain in the castle and work for him. However, the 'giant' is very demanding and all the Goodies want to go home again. Imitating the Marx Brothers (with Graeme as "Groucho", Tim as "Harpo", and Bill as "Chico") and singing "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?", they pretend that riches do not interest them. Then, while the 'giant' is asleep, they collect their sacks of gold eggs and leave the castle — causing the birds to protest loudly at the theft. Waking from his sleep, the 'giant' orders his birds to go after the Goodies and chaos ensues as the birds take their revenge.
When they are at last able to return to the base of Mount Everest, the Goodies discover that the magic bean tin has one more surprise for them.
- Tim Brooke-Taylor - himself
- Graeme Garden - himself
- Bill Oddie - himself
- Alfie Bass - the "giant"
- Eddie Waring - himself
- John Cleese - the genie
- Corbet Woodall - the newsreader
- The Marx Brothers — Graeme as Groucho, Tim as Harpo, and Bill as Chico
- Monty Python's Flying Circus — John Cleese, who appears briefly as a genie at the end of the episode, says "And now for something completely different", a popular Monty Python's Flying Circus catchphrase. When told to leave, he shouts "Kid's programme!" and disappears. (This was actually a friendly jibe at the Goodies, as the Goodies and the Pythons are good friends who had collaborated many times.)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- It's a Knockout
- Jeux Sans Frontieres
- High Society
- The Dam Busters
- The Birds
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Snowdon Aviary
Notably absent is Graeme Garden's celebrated and oft-used impersonation of Eddie Waring, who appears as himself in his role of presenter of It's A Knockout.
Songs and music
- Music — for the song "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (from the movie The Sound of Music)
- Song — "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (from the movie High Society)
- Music — "Dambusters March" (from the film The Dam Busters)
- Music — from the ballet Coppélia
DVD and VHS releases
This episode has been released on both DVD and VHS.
The Goodies and the Beanstalk was first released by BBC Video in 1983, on VHS BBCV 7008 and Betamax BBCB 7008, running time 44 minutes, and again in 1994 (BBCV 5370) with two other Goodies episodes - The End and Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms, a budget release of this VHS followed in 1996 (BBCV 5830). Also released in Australia by ABC video B00100.
A restored version was released on The Goodies ... At Last from Network Video on 28 April 2003 (VHS 7951171/DVD 7952171), this also featured a selectable laughter free audio track and a feature on the digital restoration of the episode. Released in Australia as The Goodies - 8 Delicious Episodes on 1 September 2003 and The Goodies - The Tasty Box in 2005 and again in The Goodies - The Tasty Tin by ABC DVD.
- "The Complete Goodies" — Robert Ross, B T Batsford, London, 2000
- The Goodies Still Alive on Stage - the Official Souvenir Program - Australian Tour 2002 — (reference for the spelling of trandem)
- "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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