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Trivia / The Goodies

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  • The Cast Showoff: The show had frequent musical moments. While the other two saw them as an opportunity to muck about, they demonstrated that Bill Oddie was a proper musician and songwriter.
  • Channel Hop: From The BBC to ITV (as an LWT production) in 1981. This was sadly short-lived; see Screwed by the Network below.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Thankfully no longer the case with the release of the complete BBC collection on DVD, but before that, less than half the total number of episodes had been released on DVD and VHS in the UK, allegedly due to the controller of the BBC not liking the show.
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    • Due to ABC in Australia pretty much playing the episodes on constant repeat, the availability of most of the material prior to the complete collection's release was thanks to the efforts of Aussie pirates, where the show has a HUGE following.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Apparently the controller of the BBC hated the series over the episode "South Africa" (a satire about apartheid that did not go very well with execs), but was unable to kill the show off due to its popularity. So while it had a good long run, there have been very, very few repeats of the show on British TV, even in recent years. For instance, their 30th anniversary was celebrated by... a cheaply made documentary and one repeated episode on TV. And Tim, Bill and Graeme had to take matters into their own hands to get the show out on DVD.
    • The BBC eventually did cancel the series (or rather, failed to continue it; there was never a formal contract), and it moved to ITV, where it was subjected to Executive Meddling and died. Ironically, this is the season that Comedy Central UK is allowed to show.
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    • Apparently the show was canceled so that the special effects budget for The Goodies could be reallocated to the effects heavy and very expensive TV version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The working title for the show was "Narrow Your Mind", in reference to an earlier show the trio had made called "Broaden Your Mind", which was lost to the BBC's tape wiping policy.
    • Steven Spielberg was a fan of the show, and at one point actually approached Tim about the possibility of making a Goodies feature film. For various reasons, it never came off.
  • Write Who You Know: Averted, despite all three characters being Danzas, their real personalities had little similarity to the characters on the show. Bill the character was a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, Bill the guy was an Actual Pacifist, for example. Both Bills were keen ornithologists, though, because that was something he was known for. Tim would later say that the characters were exaggerations of how the public perceived them; so Bill's passionate outspokenness became heroic comedic sociopathy, Graeme's medical degree made him a Mad Scientist, and Tim's posh accent and name made him an Upper-Class Twit.

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