» #48 Dec 1999
THE GOODIES CLARION AND GLOBE
THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF 'THE GOODIES RULE - OK' FAN CLUB
Issue No. 48 12th December 1999
'The Goodies Rule - OK!'
P.O. Box 325
Chadstone VIC 3148, AUSTRALIA
THE LADS AND LASSES OF THE C&G
- Alison Bean
- Brett Allender
- David Balston
- Catherine Sumnall
- Inez Crame, Suzy Davies, Daniel O'Dwyer, Brian Labza, Lisa Manekofsky and Andrew Pixley.
1. BOFFO IDEAS - Club happenings and ideas.
2. SPOTTED!!! - The latest Goodies sightings.
3. PIRATE POST OFFICE - Your questions and opinions.
4. GOODIES MUSIC REVIEW - Make A Daft Noise For Christmas.
5. THE END - Computer Operator's Film Club.
1. BOFFO IDEAS
You can make it happen here. Liven up the club with a boffo idea for bob-a-job week. E-mail ALISON BEAN at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, ideas or suggestions.
KITTEN KON - THE GOODIES CONVENTION
WHAT'S ALL THIS THEN?
Kitten Kon will be a 30th anniversary celebration of The Goodies. It will be held in Melbourne, Australia, over the Easter 2000 long weekend (21st-24th April). The format of Kitten Kon will be like that of a fan
convention, but with a more diverse program of Goodies-related events. You could be attending a panel on why The Goodies is better than Monty Python one minute and trandem racing or gibbon stuffing the next. But whatever you're doing it at Kitten Kon, it'll be fun!
Special events at Kitten Kon will include:
- Special guests TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR and GRAEME GARDEN (subject to work commitments).
- The Australian launch of ROBERT ROSS's book "The Goodies Guide".
- A screening of rare Goodies footage.
- A charity auction of Goodies and other cult TV stuff.
- A 70s fancy-dress disco, with a prize for the best Goodies-related costume.
All profits from Kitten Kon will be donated to the Royal Children's Hospital's Good Friday Appeal.
If you have any questions regarding Kitten Kon please e-mail Tracey Baird - email@example.com
SOUNDS GOOD, HOW CAN I BOOK?
Tickets for Kitten Kon, if purchased before 20th January 2000, are $100 each (please enquire about discounts for children under 12). Please send all cheques or money orders (in Australian dollars and made out to "The Goodies Rule - OK!") to:
The Goodies Rule - OK!
PO Box 325
If you have any questions regarding booking for Kitten Kon please e-mail Tracey Baird - firstname.lastname@example.org
AND IF YOU'VE BOOKED ALREADY...
Thank you. The response has been fantastic and if you have not yet received confirmation of your booking, please be patient as we are working our way through the large number of registrations. If you have any questions please contact Tracey Baird - email@example.com
And by the way, congratulations to Noel Wauchope of Melbourne, who booked early for Kitten Kon and won a copy of "Yum Yum - The Very Best Of The Goodies" signed by Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden. The CD's on its way Noel!
Member's Profiles are a great way to meet people in the club or advertise your website. If you'd like a Member's Profile on our homepage, please fill out this form and send it firstname.lastname@example.org
FAVE GOODIES EPISODE(S):
EPISODES NEVER SEEN:
FAVE GOODIES SONG(S):
FAVE GOODIES QUOTE(S):
And thanks to Inez Crame who suggested we include the category "Fave Goodies Song(s)". If you already have a profile but would like to include this category in it, please e-mail email@example.com with the details.
More exciting than getting your wig-spotters badge! If you've seen a Goodie recently, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the details. Here's where we've Spotted!!! The Goodies this month:
BILL ODDIE CARTOON UP FOR AUCTION
from SUZY DAVIES, Coordinator of AngelFest '99
Earlier this year the lovely Bill Oddie contributed a fantastic original cartoon to a Celebrity Scribble Exhibition created as part of AngelFest '99 (a Community Arts Festival which has taken place in venues across North London over the past year.) The cartoon depicts a hunter in 17th Century Italy, missing his ornithological target and shooting an Angel instead. A passing bird is remarking, "I told you, those bloody Roman Catholics will shoot anything with wings!"
We had a tremendous response from celebrities for this exhibition (we received around 100 items) - but this is one of my personal favourites, and I'll be sorry to let it go. But go it must - it's shortly to be auctioned (along with an excellent signed publicity shot of Bill) at eBay - http://www.eBay.com - (along with all the other Celebrity Angel Artworks we received) from Monday 13th to Monday 20th December. It can also be accessed on ebay.co.uk (the AngelFest '99 auction is featured under "Fun Stuff" on the home page here). I'm certain any Goodies fan would be chuffed to own Bill's cartoon!
by CATHERINE SUMNALL
Alas, the end is nigh. Cliff Richard is at number one in the charts with a sacrilegious version of "One Song The Tune Of Another", Rolf Harris sings on television once more, and Bill Oddie is doing adverts for British Gas and the BBC. Where is the anti-establishment tirade? Where are the caustic mock commercials? I can only imagine that he will be satisfied come the New Years Honours list. I'm sure this was one of those end of the world prophecies. I could say "for the Millennium" here, but then you may be transported back to unfounded rumours that your computer would explode and Russia would make bomb threats. Hold on a moment...
I'M SORRY...IT'S ANOTHER PLUG
by CATHERINE SUMNALL
After tormenting their audience for three years, finally another "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" tape has emerged. Number 5 shall no doubt grace the January sales alongside that other wonderful profit making tool "The Almost Totally Complete ISIHAC" book. I should like to point out here that I have not yet received any royalties...
The tape modestly describes itself thus: "It's the hardy perennial of panel games that's constantly in bloom, a brimful of the funniest punning and the wittiest one-liners around. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton and regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden are joined by special guests Stephen Fry, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Merton and Sandi Toksvig. Hear them having their wicked way with old favourites such as One Song To The Tune Of Another, Limericks and Sound Charades as well as the modern aural glamour of Stars In Their Ears or the totally high-tech Spot The Web Site round. Thrill to the late arrivals at a society ball for builders with Mr and Mrs Jay and their daughter Iris and, of course, Mr and Mrs Foursugarsin-Minelove and their daughter Olive! It's the authentic substitute to panel games. Accept no substitutes"
So there you have it. Buy! Buy! Buy!
MY SUMMER WITH DES
by DANIEL O'DWYER
"My Summer With Des" a tele-movie featuring Graeme Garden is screening on Foxtel's Showtime channel on 18th, 23rd and 29th of December.
GRAEME AND TIM IN SAINSBURYS ADS
by DAVID BALSTON
One of Graeme's Sainsburys adverts now features Tim, with Graeme explaining the wonderful offers to Tim. I think we should all definitely do all our shopping at Sainsburys in future.
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN AND BILL
by LISA MANEKOFSKY
According to their on-line schedule, the US cable channel FX plans to show the 3-part episode of "Married With Children", "The England Show" with guest star Bill Oddie on December 15 & 16. Here's the specific info:
15th December @ 10:00 PM "The England Show, Part 1"
15th December @ 10:30 PM "The England Show, Part 2"
16th December @ 10:00 PM "The England Show, Part 3"
I suspect that these times are EST (Eastern Standard Time) so you should consult your local listings to verify the correct air-time in your area.
DO GO ON REPEATS
by DAVID BALSTON
"Do Go On" with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden is being repeated on Tuesdays on BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm.
3. PIRATE POST OFFICE
Got a comment, opinion or question about the C&G, the club or The Goodies itself? If so, drop us a line at <email@example.com>. Your contribution may be kept anonymous if preferred, however fans of ISIHAC (and particularly Mornington Crescent) are warned that any letters from a 'Mrs Trellis of North Wales' will be duly fed to the sheep (or the hamsters!).
BLACK AND WHITE EPISODES
COMMENTS regarding Brian Labza's excellent comments about black and white episodes of The Goodies (in C&G#47) from Andrew Pixley.
>There will be another black and white episode re. ballroom dancing coming
>soon, so look out for it. These are regular Goodies episodes, originally
>made in colour for series two. For some reason, the original colour masters
>were erased at the BBC in the 1970's, so the only surviving prints were
>black and white film copy prints, with poor picture quality (ballroom
>dancing episode is worse quality than August ...).
The original 2" colour 625 line videotapes would have been wiped around 1972 to 1975. The practice was that not all series were automatically retained once they had been a) repeated and/or b) sold abroad. I don't know how extensive overseas sales of "The Goodies" were in the early 1970s, but they would have been offered in 3 forms:
a) colour 625 line videotape
b) colour 525 line videotape (for North American markets)
c) b/w 16mm film recordings (for various overseas markets not using the above formats; film was also easier for the censors to edit than videotape at this time because it could be physically cut)
Certainly, "Playgirl Club" still existed on colour tape in 1971 and "Commonwealth Games" and "Come Dancing" were held in 1972; these episodes all received networked or partially networked repeats on BBC1 in this format. After this however, only certain episodes would have been retained as examples of the series. If the BBC saw no further home use for these, the bulky 2-inch magnetic tapes could be wiped on an electromagnet and re-used for another programme. Occasionally, you find the end of another programme on the end of the tape of the main programme having survived "underneath" from an earlier use of the tape.
The 16mm film recordings would have been recovered from BBC Enterprises who marketed the shows overseas. In the case of "Commonwealth Games", the extant print has several cuts made to it - no doubt because of sexist or racial comments - presumably by the ABFC. I would imagine that the
Australian government may still hold these offcuts. It is this print that was then returned to BBC Enterprises - presumably around 1980 - and hence passed to the BBC Film & Videotape Library because the master tape had now been erased.
(Incidentally, and as a total aside, the original 16mm film from the episode "Snooze" is also held by the BBC under the title "Sleepwalking" as an item in its own right!)
>Those fans of 1970's Doctor Who will be aware that much the same happened
>to a large number of originally colour Jon Pertwee stories from this era,
>which sadly now exist only in black and white. Presumably, the same fate
>befell 'Caught In The Act', but not even an intact black and white print
>survives for that one (although remnant parts of colour and black and white
>prints are rumoured to exist).
As far as I am aware, a complete print of "Playgirl Club" is held by the BBC on 16mm monochrome film - i.e. an ex-BBC Enterprises print which has presumably been to Australia and back. The reasons for the episode not being available in syndication either overseas or on UK-Gold are presumably either a) there is a technical problem with the print (such as sound or picture quality), b) the content of the programme is not considered suitable for further sale or c) a rights clearance problem on some music or film item. Looking at the script of the episode, I would consider some potentially dubious sequences appear in category b) - notably Graeme and Bill attempting to look up women's skirts in the high street and some scenes apparently take place in a women's showers ...
Hope this clarifies matters.
4. GOODIES MUSIC REVIEW
Hi there pop pickers and welcome to this month's music review.
Last month's doddery DJ Pan's Grandpa managed to jive his way through the various funky dances including the belligerent bee, the festering ferret and the disgusting three toed sloth with ease, even managing to follow Graeme's expert instructions for doing the Disco Heave, although the thought of someone putting on a Max Bygraves record (even accidently) was enough to make him contemplate doing a "Michael Aspirin" effort at the Housewife Of The Year Contest.
The follow-up act of Lady Constance de Coverlet doing a fan dance soon put an end to his contemplating, so while we're mopping up the rancid halibut giblets to send to the Rumbling Tum restaurant, we'll take a sleigh ride to the North Pole to our decorative DJ Arthur Nasia <AKA Brett Allender> and his review of "MAKE A DAFT NOISE FOR CHRISTMAS" by The Goodies.
On the 1997 CD 'Yum Yum - The Very Best Of The Goodies", their 70's albums 'The Goodies Greatest' and 'The Goodies Greatest Hits', and as a single (with 'Last Chance Dance' on the flip side).
Christmas is coming and the Goodies are too broke to buy any presents, presumably after Greedy Graeme had blown the Visa limit earlier in the year on metal detectors, stuffed mules and prospecting gear. Given this perilous financial state, about the only thing that they can stuff into a Christmas stocking (apart from one of Tim's boringly unamazing old feet) is a bit of festive season cheer by creating a suitably daft noise to spread some love and joy with. Bill encourages "everyone to repeat everything after me", nuttily followed by a mass chorus of "EVERYTHING AFTER ME!" with an eventual riposte from Bill of "You're just being silly!" also being echoed back at him. After the Goodies work their way through a series of silly sounds including passable impressions of a funky gibbon, Constance the chicken and the flatulent dodo, they ultimately come up with the following gem: "Boing boing bukka chukka, boing a boing ding a ling!" to a suitably boppy tune. Decently daft, though I'm rather partial to "There's nought wrong wi'out what Marvin Clutterbucks don't barley grummit!" myself, even if it might have messed up the music a bit!
Making daft noises when under duress is nothing new to the superchaps three. After all, Tim's hysterical shrieks of "I'm a teapot!" when in peril are the stuff that legends (and another song) are made of, and Bill even tried to win the hand of Mildred Makepeace in marriage by uttering the loony line of "mim mim mim mim eek eek phhtt!" to her father in a futile bid to impress him. Under normal circumstances the gift of a daft noise for Christmas would probably be met with a hostile hand gesture from the distinctly unimpressed receiver, but there's little point in buying expensive gifts when the world is about to be blown up at midnight. Then again, there's not much point in saving your money either, so buy me some decent presents, you tightarses! At least let me lick the chocolate off a dozen Mars bars anyway. Actually this is quite a fun song to bop along to just as the clock nears midnight on Christmas Eve and you just might even squeeze in an extra chorus if a certain four eyed git has played a funny joke and set the clock forward half a minute!
Using the black pudding ratings system:
MUSIC: III Goody Goody Yum Yum
SINGING/LYRICS: III Goody Goody Yum Yum
HUMOUR: II Fair-y Punkmother
ALL TOGETHER NOW: III Goody Goody Yum Yum
THE BLACK PUDDING RATINGS SYSTEM
IIIII - Superstar.
IIII - Officially amazing.
III - Goody goody yum yum.
II - Fair-y punkmother.
I - Tripe on t' pikelets.
** The next music review will be in the February edition. Next month's C&G
will feature an episode summary of #20 "Nice Person Of The Year". **
5. THE END
With the impending disaster (or non-event) of Y2K rapidly approaching, it seems like a good time to check out the "Computer Operator's Film Club". This round was played in 1997 (with Jeremy Hardy as guest panelist) after lovely scorer Samantha had to nip out to meet a nice chap who was training her in computer skills. Apparently she was hoping that he was going to show her the 3 1/2 inch floppy that he had in his Mac...!
Barry: "Thoroughly Modem Millie."
Graeme: "Indiana Jones And The Temp File Of Doom."
Tim: "The Pit And The Pentium."
Jeremy: "The Interface Of Fu Manchu."
Graeme: "Bring Me The Website Of Alfredo Garcia!"
Jeremy: "El CD ROM."
Tim: "The Mad Processor."
Barry: "The Charge Of Delete Brigade!"
Tim: "The Printer Of Zenda."
Barry: "Any Shakespeare films because of the dia-log. Software fore art thou! Now is the printer of our disk-onent!
Humph: "And so ladies and gentlemen, as old Father Time is finally traced to an address in Lowestoft by the child support agency worker of destiny..."
Team C&G: "It's time for us here at the C&G to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy Y2K. We'll see you back here at the same time, unless the Millenium Bug bites!"
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