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C&G 136 Mar 2007
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       *   THE GOODIES FAN CLUB CLARION AND GLOBE   *
       **********************************************
 
 
    * THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF 'THE GOODIES RULE - OK!' *
             (http://www.goodiesruleok.com)
 
 
Issue No. 136                   15th March 2007
 
 
THE LADS AND LASSES OF THE C&G
 
EDITOR
- Brett Allender <clarion@goodiesruleok.com>
 
ACE REPORTER:
- Lisa Manekofsky
 
C&G CONTRIBUTORS:
- Wackywales, David Piper-Balston, Sosia, Fiona Mikiel, Andrew Burford, Steve Hughes, Marf Shopmyer, Jane Donnelly, Martin Fletcher
 
CONTENTS
 
1. QUIZ & QUOTE - Goodies brainteasers for you and you and you
2. BOFFO IDEAS – The latest club news and happenings
3. SPOTTED!!! - The latest Goodies sightings.
4. 2001 AND A BIT - Tim, Graeme and Bill sightings post-Goodies.
5. GOODIES CROSSWORD PUZZLE
6. GOODIESRULEOK? SEARCH ME! – more strange search strings
7. QUIZ & QUOTE ANSWERS
 
 
1. QUIZ & QUOTE
(by "Magnus Magnesium")
 
QUOTE: "She is Horsewoman Of The Year – more horse than woman, but then ... looks aren't everything and in her case they're nothing!"
 
(a) Which Goodie says this quote?
(b) Who is he talking about (full name not necessary!)
(c) Which episode is this quote from?
 
QUIZ: This month's questions are from the episode: "Hospital For Hire"
 
(d) What is wrong about the plaster cast on Bill's leg?
(e) Which magazine do the Goodies have on the hook in their toilet?
(f) What sort of lure do the Goodies have to chase after in their medical test?
(g) Which word makes the Minister For Health sneeze whenever he hears it?
(h) Who are the hospital patients forced to listen to through headphones when they become too rowdy?
 
The answers are listed at the end of this newsletter.
 
 
2. BOFFO IDEAS
 
You can make it happen here. Liven up the club with a boffo idea for bob-a-job week. E-mail <enquiries@goodiesruleok.com> with your comments, ideas or suggestions - meanwhile these are the boffo ideas which our club has been working on this month:
 
"THE GOODIES STILL RULE OK" SPECIAL EDITION C&G
 
There will be a special edition of the Clarion & Globe with all of the news that's fit to print (and quite a bit that isn't!) from "The Goodies Still Rule OK" tour of the U.K., which starts in **just two days time!** The UK Tour C&G will be published in late April shortly after the conclusion of Tim and Graeme's tour and will include all of the "spotteds" such as media reports, interviews, critic reviews etc. What we would really like to include though is reviews and comments from any of our UK-based club members who are lucky enough to be able to attend one the shows in person. Please send your "spotteds" or thoughts on "The Goodies Still Rule OK" to <clarion@goodiesruleok.com> or to the Goodies-l mailing list
 
 
GROKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD
(by Lisa Manekofsky)
 
Thanks to the internet, The Goodies Rule - OK! Fan Club has over 4,200 members around the world (not to mention staff on three different continents!). While the largest concentrations of our members are in Australia, the UK, and the US we can proudly claim members in over 70 countries as well as visitors from even more locales around the world.
 
I thought you might enjoy seeing a list of the top 50+ countries from which people visited the club website in February 2007. These are listed in alphabetical order: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, The Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, The Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, The United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, and The United States.
 
 
MYSPACE FOR OUR GOODIES SITE
(by Lisa Manekofsky)
 
Due to multiple requests, we've created a MySpace page for the fan club; it's at www.myspace.com/thegoodiesruleokfanclub
 
www.goodiesruleok.com remains *THE* site for the fan club (where all the latest news will be posted, etc.) Our MySpace page is simply to let people know about our fun little corner of cyberspace. :)
 
The MySpace page is pretty new and we're still tinkering with it. But feel free to drop by and check it out.
 
 
GOODIES PHOTO GALLERIES ON WEBSITE
(by Brett Allender)
 
After many hours slaving away outside the five mile limit during the past three weeks, I've finally completed the addition of a Goodies Gallery to each of my Episode Summaries in the Articles section of the website: http://www.goodiesruleok.com/articles.php .
 
Each gallery contains between 4 and 20 photos from that particular episode, so there are around 800 pictures in total. Although many of the photos aren't of crystal clear visual quality (particularly the Series 9 episodes), the galleries hopefully complement the written summaries and provide some additional appreciation of the wonderful comedy found in every Goodies episode.
 
For the benefit of those who have already viewed the galleries since I first posted news of the updates on the website earlier this month, the galleries for "Scoutrageous", "The Goodies And The Beanstalk" and "Montreux '72 Kitten Kong" have all had new photos added to them in the past few days, particularly "Kitten Kong" which now has 20 photos in total.
 
 
GOODIES T-SHIRT SALE EXTENDED
 
Our great Goodies t-shirt sale has been extended until the end of March to enable fan club members to be all kitted out in time for the Goodies tour. Full details can be found at http://www.goodiesruleok.com/tshirts.php  
 
 
WEBSITE POLLS
 
The February website poll was just about the most closely contested one that we've ever had, with the whole field charging towards the line in a photo finish. After several recounts (allowing David Dimblemblm to gratefully gulp down the last course of his bulging banquet) the final results were:
 
If the Goodies were hiring an intern, which assignment would you want?
 
- working out how to annoy fish                       66 votes 18.5%
- rid the country of the plague of Rolfs              58 votes 16.3%
- doing the Funky Gibbon                                47 votes 13.2%
- taking care of Tim's shiny shoes                     39 votes 11.0%
- driving the mobile office at Le Mans               38 votes 10.7%
- take care of all the Kenneths for Graeme       34 votes   9.6%
- doing a little lighthouse keeping                      32 votes   9.0%
- disposing of a giant tin of tomato soup           16 votes   4.5%
- testing new New Improved Snooze               14 votes   3.9%
- other                                                            12 votes   3.4%
Total                                                             356 votes
 
Another intern that's up to something fishy! Ah well, we all know by now that a Max Bygraves record will soon fire the fish into a frenzy ... and even if it doesn't make a camp cod cut up rough it'll sure annoy the hell out of us.
 
This month's poll promises to be a tightly-contested affair as well, with a bunch of boffo ideas to choose from on the ideal way for the Goodies to get the publicity bandwagon rolling to promote their upcoming tour of Britain. Head to the homepage and cast your vote wisely for one of these very interesting options:
 
How should the Goodies create publicity for their March 15th -April 18th live tour?
 
- advertise on Radio Goodies
- host a trandem joust in London
- via a televised mobile office race
- by capturing the loch ness monster
- with an "adopt a giant cod" day
- sponsor Eurovision Raving Loony Contest
- offer free giant Dougal rides
- with a worldwide spacehopper bounce
- by encasing Rolf Harris in concrete
- other
 
 
3. SPOTTED!!!
 
More exciting than getting your wig-spotters badge! If you've seen the Goodies recently, e-mail <clarion@goodiesruleok.com> with the details. Here's where we've Spotted!!! the Goodies this month:
 
 
THE GOODIES ARE COMING FOR YOU AND YOU AND YOU ... IN BRITAIN!
(by Lisa Manekofsky)
 
Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden brought their highly successful Goodies Live show to the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe festival and Paramount Brighton Comedy Festival. More fans will finally have a chance to see the show during the next five weeks when "The Goodies Still Rule OK!" tour plays another 23 dates in the UK.
 
Tim & Graeme will appear live; Bill will participate via the wonders of video (due to filming commitments for his various nature shows).
 
The producers have kindly supplied the following list of tour dates. On sale dates, show times, and booking information will be updated as the information becomes available.
 
Tickets are now on sale at most venues.
 
SHOW DATES & CITIES
Torquay:
* Thurs, 15 March 2007 7:30pm - Princess Theatre (Tickets £20.50 & £19.50)
      Box Office Phone Number: 08702 41 41 20
 
Canterbury:
* Fri, 16 March 2007 7:30pm - Marlowe Theatre (Tickets £21.50 & £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.marlowetheatre.com/home.asp  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01227 787787
 
Colchester:
* Sat, 17 March 2007 - Mercury Theatre (Tickets £15.50 / £18.50 / £19.50 / £20.50)
      Venue website: http://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01206 573948
 
Windsor:
* Sun, 18 March 2007 7:30pm - Theatre Royal
      Venue website: http://www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01753 853888
 
Lincoln:
* Thu, 22 March 2007 7:30pm - Theatre Royal (Tickets: £19.50, £14.00)
* Fri, 23 March 2007 7:30pm - Theatre Royal (Tickets: £19.50, £14.00)
      Box Office Phone Numbers: 01522 534570, 01522 525555, 01522 519999
 
High Wycombe:
* Sat, 24 March 2007 7:30pm - Swan Theatre (Tickets £15.50 & £17.50)
      Venue website: http://www.wycombeswan.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01494 512000
 
Nottingham:
* Sun, 25 March 2007 7:30pm - Concert Hall (Tickets £22, £20 & £18)
      Venue website: http://www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 0115 9895555
 
Buxton:
* Mon, 26 March 2007 7:30pm - Opera House (Tickets £17.50, £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 0845 127 2190
 
Tunbridge Wells:
* Fri, 30 March 2007 7:30pm - Assembly Hall Theatre (Tickets: £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01892 530613/532072
 
Basingstoke
* Sat, 31 March 2007 7:45pm - Anvil Theatre (Tickets £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.theanvil.org.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01256 844244
      Show Listing: http://www.theanvil.org.uk/    (There isn't a direct link to the show - find it by selecting "what's on" at the top of the page, then "Full Season" from the pull down menu. On the next page click "March 2007" in the "view month" menu at the left side of the page.
 
Southend:
* Sun, 1 April 2007 8:00pm - Palace Theatre (Tickets: £19.50, £18.50, £15.50)
      Venue website: http://www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk/palace/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01702-351135
 
Hull:
* Weds, 4 April 2007 7:30pm - New Theatre (Tickets £19.50)
      Box Office Phone Number: (01482) 226 655 
 
Bradford:
* Thurs, 5 April 2007 8:00pm - St George's Hall (Tickets £19.50)
      Box Office Phone Number: 01274 432000
 
Birmingham:
* Fri, 6 April 2007 7:30pm - Alexandra Theatre (Tickets £20.50 & £19.50)
      Box Office Phone Number: Tickets sold via Ticketmaster - 0870 607 7533
 
Darlington:
* Sat, 7 April 2007 7:30pm - Civic Theatre (Tickets £18.50, £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.darlingtonarts.co.uk/default.htm  
      Box Office Phone Number: (01325) 486 555
 
Edinburgh
* Sun, 8 April 2007 7:30pm- Festival Theatre (Tickets £20.50, £20.50, £20.50)
      Venue website: http://www.eft.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: (0131) 529 6000
     
 
Croydon:
* Thurs, 12 April 2007 7:45pm - Fairfield (Tickets: £19.50, £18.50)
      Venue website: http://www.fairfield.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 020 8688 9291
      Show Listing: Go to http://www.fairfield.co.uk/  and use the "Search for a show" box located on the left side of the page.
 
Derby:
* Fri, 13 April 2007 7:30pm - Assembly Rooms (Tickets £19.50)
      Venue website: http://www.assemblyrooms-derby.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01332 255 800
 
Dartford:
* Sat, 14 April 2007 7:30pm- Orchard Theatre (Tickets £20.50)
      Box Office Phone Number: 01322 220000  
      Show listing: Go to http://www.dartford.gov.uk/thingstodo/ORCHARD/orchard_main.htm  then click on "The Goodies-Still Rule Ok!" link in the menu on the right side of the page.
 
Eastbourne:
* Sun, 15 April 2007 7:30pm- Congress Theatre (Tickets £19.50, £17.50 (terraces))
      Venue website: http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01323 412000
 
Oxford:
* Mon, 16 April 2007 7:30pm - Playhouse Theatre (Tickets £20.50 £17.50 £13.50 £7.50)
      Venue website: http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01865 305305
 
Northampton:
* Weds, 18 April 2007 - Derngate Theatre
      Venue website: http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/en/Home  
      Box Office Phone Number: 01604 624811
      Show listing:
 
 
The latest updates to this information about the upcoming March-April tour can be found in our FAQ at http://www.goodiesruleok.com/faq.php?topic=10  . Please note that tickets for many cities are now on sale.
 
 
** A reminder that all of the interviews and media articles concerning "The Goodies Still Rule OK" will be published in the special edition of the C&G at the conclusion of the tour in late April. **
 
 
JUST WHAT MAKES THE GOODIES SO GOOD
(contributed by Wackywales)
 
(from "TV Week" magazine circa 1982)
 
Just what makes The Goodies so good?
A mixture of The Goons and Monty Python humor laced with madcap stunts from silent movie greats like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
"It's a show for all grown-up kids and adults who aren't so grown up.", Goodies producer Bob Spiers said. "I'm always amazed that millions of kids go out of their way to watch The Goodies, because it's really a show for adults."
"The scripts are quite risque, particularly in the latest series. We have had a field day with the royal family, apartheid, and violence on the football terraces which we expect to stir up quite a bit of controversy." Spiers revealed.
The crazy trio - Tim Brooke-Taylor with his English public schoolboy looks, Graeme Garden behind those specs as the scientific whiz-kid and Bill Oddie, the token rebel non-conformist - have survived for more than 10 years.
In fact, they are more popular than ever.
"I guess their secret formula for success is that they get away with murder. Adults who think they are adults but are really kids at heart see them as they would love to be sometimes - daredevils game enough to try anything for the price" Spiers said.
"Kids see them as they would like adults to be. Imagine having The Goodies in charge of your school?"
"They live in a world of the absurd and in these days of terrorism and mayhem we need to laugh at ourselves as much as we can."
Although The Goodies recently switched from the BBC to London Weekend Television, the format will not change.
In the new series there's a new companion for the mad trio - a little robot called appropriately "Robot". One episode is all about Robot giving birth to another robot that develops into a delinquent robot. Work that one out.
"We had a lot of fun making that. I think a lot of fans don't realise the tremendous amount of work Tim, Graeme and Bill put into writing the scripts before we add the stunts." Spiers said.
"Tim's a perfectionist and will work on a script until he thinks it is perfect. There are no midway standards."
The Goodies product takes months of painstaking work from the script through to the filming and editing.
"We all work as a team and I think that's why The Goodies have remained at the top." Spiers said. He thinks the latest scripts are the best so far.
"We have three more episodes to make to finish the series. It's got to the stage where fans can't get enough."
 
 
PRESS RELEASE FOR NEW GOODIES DVD
(David Piper-Balston – Goodies-l – 16th Feb)
 
The Press Release for this DVD has been posted on the Roobarb Forum
 
The Goodies: The Complete LWT Series (PG) 16 Feb 07
 
Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are united again! Network is delighted to announce the first ever DVD release of the acclaimed comedy trio's complete output for ITV between 1981 and 1982 following their deflection to ITV. The Goodies the Complete LWT Series (Pg) will be available to buy in a two-disc set on 26th March 2007. This release coincides with The Goodies Still Rule Ok Tour, at venues nationwide from 19th March 2007.
 
One of the most loved comedy shows of the seventies and early eighties, The Goodies made household names of its cast, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, in a show highly rated for its visual humour and surreal take on life. Episodes included in this set are:
 
*Snow White 2: When the audience gets bored with The Goodies pantomime productions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty they decide to put a bit more pep into the next one... Guest stars David Rappaport and Richard Briers
 
*Robot: Disappointing news at the end of the financial year leads Graeme and Tim to only one decision - they must sack Bill and replace him with a robot! Guest stars David Rappaport
 
*Football Crazy: Things turn grim when Bill's footie-mania turns into fully-fledged hooliganism, but help is at hand when Tim takes up the post of Chief of Police in Charge of Football Hooliganism. Guests stars Wayne Sleep, Fred Dineage and Kenneth Wolstenhome
 
*Bigfoot: Tim and Bill go on a global trek to discover the missing Arthur C. Clarke, but when they find him they discover he bears more than a passing resemblance to Graeme...
 
*Change of Life: Going into a destructive rage during his birthday celebrations, Bill is feeling old. In fact, all three of them are feeling old but salvation comes in the form of 'Dr. Grayboots - Beautician to the Raddled'! Guest stars David Rappaport
 
*Holidays: Domestic tensions come to a head and the trio decide they need a holiday to help them chill out. A bungalow in the seaside town of Dunsquabblin', however, is precisely not what the doctor ordered...
 
*Animals: Watching Tim's success in training people whilst dressed as Barbara Woodhouse, Graeme launches a new line of animals at Graybags' Pet Shop - people dressed as dogs, and Bill is the runt of the litter!
 
Special features on this DVD will be:
*PDFs of each script, a stills gallery, a commemorative booklet written by Andrew Pixley plus much, much more including archive interviews.
 
 
TOP OF THE POPS AGAIN
(Lisa Manekofsky – Goodies-l – 20th Feb)
 
Tues, 20 Feb - TOTP 2 on UKTV G2 at 11:00, repeated at 18:00. Edition featuring comedy songs, including a contribution from The Goodies.
 
 
GOODIES ON TV!
(Lisa Manekofsky – Goodies-l – 5th Mar)
 
* Fridays - "The Goodies" is being repeated on UK satellite channel Paramount Comedy as double-bills starting at 9:00pm (repeated a few hours later at 1:00am). They are showing the LWT series (series 9).
 
 
WHITE STRIPES AND BLACK PUDDINGS
(Lisa Manekofsky – Goodies-l – 2nd Mar)
 
Here's the weird news story for the day. According to various articles popping up on the web, the White Stripes new album is to be entitled Icky Thump. Multiple articles are claiming this is a reference to The Goodies' Ecky Thump (thanks to Steve Hughes for sending along a link). 
Following is one example, an excerpt from an article at http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1553538/20070301/white_stripes.jhtml . I'm not sure if this convincingly makes the case for it being a Goodies reference, but it's fun to think it might be.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It's sometimes hard to tell when the White Stripes are messing with your head. So when the candy-striped duo announced Wednesday on their Web site that the follow-up to 2005's Get Behind Me Satan is done and will be called Icky Thump, you'll forgive us if we were a bit skeptical....[From] what we can tell, "Icky Thump" is the name of a BattleBots team from Iowa, but the more U.K.-friendly spelling "Ecky Thump" is a bastardization of the word "eck" or "heck" and it's a way of saying "what the hell?" Which makes a bit more sense.
 
While it doesn't appear to be a Nine Inch Nails-style cryptic reference to some global conspiracy (see "Weird Web Trail: Conspiracy Theory – Or Marketing For Nine Inch Nails LP?"), a Web search for "ecky thump" also pulled up an episode of the British comedy "The Goodies" from 1975 called "Kung Fu Kapers" - alternately known as the "Ecky-Thump" episode - in which one of the lead characters, Bill, is revealed to be a master of a heretofore unknown Lancashire, England, martial-arts style known as, you guessed it, the "Ecky-Thump," in which unsuspecting saps are hit with black pudding.
 
The Stripes copped to the "Kapers" lift in the posting, saying, "though some residents of Northern England might almost recognize the title, The Stripes stress they are spelling it wrong intentionally just for 'kicks' and 'metaphors.' "
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 
FROM THE PIRATE POST OFFICE MAILBAG ...
 
Dear Glarion and Clobe,
 
did I miss the memo? My husband had to tell me Bill Oddie was on MySpace:
 
What's even worse, he only has 406 friends (as of this writing) while Rolf Harris, ROLF HARRIS, has 2,864! I know this because he is one of Bill's friends. So am I now. Well, phew! 
I say that Bill needs more friends than 406. He at least deserves as many as Rolf, eh? 
 
marf (Out of the Loop) shopmyer
 
 
NOT A MENTION OF S-F-X!
(by Martin Fletcher)
 
There's a rather good article about the Goodies in the April 2007 edition of SFX magazine - looking at the many sci-fi elements in the shows.
Was pleasantly surprised to see it when looking through the magazine.
 
 
4. 2001 AND A BIT
 
If you've sighted Tim, Bill or Graeme in a post-Goodies role, e-mail <clarion@goodiesruleok.com> so that we can tell everyone where to spot a Goodie nowadays. Those of you seeking radio and tv alerts between issues of the C&G should consider signing up for the Goodies-l mailing list (more details available on the club website), as our crack (cracked?!) team of reporters attempt to post alerts as the information becomes available.
 
(All items in this section contributed by Lisa Manekofsky, except where otherwise credited)
 
 
BILL SPOTTINGS
 
* Thurs, 22 Feb - "The Meaning of Life" Part 3 with Bill is being repeated on BBC1 at 01:10.
(20th Feb)
 
 
* Nightly - "Bill Oddie's Animal House" on The Baby Channel (Sky channel 285, http://www.babychanneltv.com/schedule.htm ) nightly at 8:30pm (thanks for Fiona Mikiel for this info)
(20th Feb)
 
 
* Thurs, 8 March - "Wogan: Now and Then" repeats an interview with Bill on UKTV Gold at 4:45 and UKTV Gold Plus 1 at 5:45
(5th Mar)
 
 
* Thurs, 15 March - "How to Watch Wildlife" with Bill is being repeated on BBC 2 at 19:30.
(5th Mar)
 
 
* Bill Oddie is scheduled to be one of the speakers at The Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show 2007, to be held 16-18 March 2007 at NEC Birmingham. Bill will be presenting a seminar entitled "Playing Out" on 18 March. Details are at http://www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Seminars/SeminarID=79  
Bill's bio can be found on the Show's website at http://www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk/page.cfm/action=ConfSpeaker/SpeakerID=21  
(5th Mar)
 
 
* Thurs, 15 March - "Bill Oddie Goes Wild" is being repeated on BBC 2 at 19:30.
(10th Mar)
 
 
* the week of Mon, 19 March - "Birding with Bill Oddie" is being repeated at various days and times by UKTV Gardens.
(10th Mar)
 
 
* the week of Mon, 19 March - "The Truth about Killer Dinosaurs" will be repeated on various days at various times by UKTV History.
(10th Mar)
 
 
* Bill is one of the artists featured in the new book "Play It Again" (ISBN 0007250363), a tie-in with a forthcoming BBC 1 series in which celebrities learn to play a musical instrument. The book has an eight-page chapter (including photos) about Bill learning to play the electric guitar.
The book is available now in the UK. The television series is expected to air this spring. Diverse Production's website at http://www.diverse.tv/programme.aspx?id=143  has some information about the show as well as two photos of Bill from his episode.
(13th Mar)
 
 
GRAEME AND TIM SPOTTINGS
 
Thanks to Sosia for the following information and link:
"I've just spotted that tickets are available for recordings of "The Unbelievable Truth", and that Graeme is going to be one of the panellists."
The recordings are in London on March 12th, April 1st, and April 23rd.
(22nd Feb)
 
 
* The first two series of the British edition of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" are scheduled to be released on DVD in the US on March 27th. This includes the episode in which Graeme Garden appears.
(24th Feb)
 
 
* Sun, 18 March & Tues, 20 March - two of Graeme's appearances on "Holby City" (series 5 episodes 20 & 21) will be repeated by UKTV Gold and UKTV Gold Plus 1. The first will be on Sun, 19 March at 4:15 (UKTV Gold) and 5:15 (UKTV Gold Plus 1). The second is scheduled for Tues, 20 March at 2:10 (UKTV Gold) and 3:10 (UKTV Gold Plus 1).
(10th Mar)
 
 
* There's a nice photo of Tim and Graeme (along with Paul Merton) from the recent Slapstick 2007 festival at http://www.watershed.co.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Watershed.woa/wa/news?object=120  
(13th Mar)
 
 
I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T A CLUE (ISIHAC) and
I'M SORRY I'LL READ THAT AGAIN (ISIRTA)
 
ISIRTA CD RELEASE
(by Lisa Manekofsky)
 
February 5th brought the long awaited CD debut of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again". As many Goodies fans know, ISIRTA was a long-running radio sketch comedy show featuring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and Bill Oddie. Graeme and Bill were the primary scriptwriters for most of the show's 1963-1973 run; Bill wrote and performed almost all the humorous songs that appeared in each episode.
 
Fifteen episodes had previously been released on cassette between 1989-1997 by BBC Audiobooks, with those original four volumes being re-released with new covers in 2001.* These episodes, including the very first ISIRTA broadcast and the 25th Anniversary Special from 1989, have been rearranged into chronological order for their CD debut as "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Volumes 1-4". This 8 disk set consists of four individual double CD sets packaged in a cardboard box. The 4 volumes and the outer box are all nicely illustrated with publicity photos from the series (unlike the 2001 cassette reissues, which used what I think of as the "floating heads" design).   Sold separately, but with complimentary artwork, is "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Volume 5", a 2 CD set containing four episodes being released for the first time.
 
The episodes included in the sets, by broadcast date and unofficial title, are:
 
Volume 1-4 Box Set:
 
* 3 April 1964 - The first broadcast 
* 9 May 1966 - Julius Caesar
* 26 May 1968 - Operation Chocolate
* 9 June 1968 - Macbeth
* 22 February 1970 - The Canterbury Tales
* 1 March 1970 - The Telephone
* 22 March 1970 - Murder on the 3.17 to Cleethorpes
* 5 April 1970 - Jorrocks, the Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
* 19 April 1970 - The Harder They Fall, The More They Hurt Themselves
* 3 May 1970 - Greek Tragedy
* 4 November 1973 - Lawrence of Arabia On Ice
* 11 November 1973 - Jack the Ripper
* 2 December 1973 - Song of the South
* 23 December 1973 - The Coldtitz Story
* 25 December 1989 - 25th Anniversary Special
 
Volume 5:
 
* 14 April 1968 - Bunny and Claude
* 21 April 1968 - Dentisti
* 5 May 1968 - Incompetence (Trouble at t'Mill)
* 18 November 1973 - Star Trek
 
While I'm no audiophile, I immediately noticed the improvement in listening to the episodes on CD compared to my well-worn cassettes. This was particularly true for softer dialog, especially little jokes and comments that were spoken further from the microphone. I actually heard a few things, or at least heard them clearly, for the first time! The convenience of having the shows on CD, with 10 chapters per show, also made it easier to replay favorite sketches and songs.
 
All five volumes come with inserts detailing the episode numbers, recording dates, and broadcast dates. Episode titles are not given, due to the fact the shows don't have official titles. 
 
Those of you who use Roger Wilmut's excellent "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Research Notes" (http://www.rfwilmut.clara.net/research/notes.html ) as an episode guide should note that the CD episode details are based on the BBC's official numbering system, which considers the initial three-episode run to be series 1. Since Wilmut calls that the "preparatory series" you'll need to subtract one from the CD series numbers to match up the two guides. Obviously the broadcast and recording dates are the same in both places.
 
Those of you who are new to ISIRTA will delight in discovering many songs and ideas that later found their way into Goodies episodes or albums. For example, you'll hear some familiar mock commercials, a pre-Goodies version of "Sick Man's Blues", and "Cactus in My Y-Fronts" with Bill on lead vocal.
 
As an "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" fan I'm delighted to finally have these episodes on CD. Let's hope further volumes follow in short order!
 
In the UK the ISIRTA CDs are available from most major bookshops and other BBC Audiobooks dealers (such as major retailers like HMV and Virgin Megastores). For those outside the UK, the titles can be obtained from various online retailers such as www.amazon.co.uk , www.play.com , and www.bbcshop.com . They are also available to purchase as a download from digital retailers such as Audible, Audioville, iTunes, Mediabay, 7 Digital, Simply Audiobooks, Spoken Network, TuneTribe, Plays on the Net and Wippit. In addition, Jane Donnelly (aka cscamp) has learned from BBC Worldwide that "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Volumes 1-4" is scheduled for release in Australia by ABC Audio in June; it will be available through ABC Shops and Centres or stores can order it in through Allen & Unwin.
 
For details on the ISIRTA cassette releases (and to see the various covers) visit the club's companion site, the Goodies Illustrated Guide (www.goodiesillustratedguide.com ). Select the "Records & CDs: Radio Shows" link.
 
 
* ISIRTA Vol 1-4 to be Released in Australia in June
(by Jane Donnelly)
 
I'm trying to encourage the ABC shops to stock the new release of ISIRTA (not to mention ISIHAC) I sent an email to BBC Audio books a few weeks ago. BBC Worldwide contacted me with this reply:
"I am replying to your email to the UK of Feb 12th
The catalogue from BBC Audiobooks is distributed in Australia by ABC Audio.
Although several volumes from both series have been available here previously on audiocassette nothing is available at the moment on CD.
The good news though, is that in June we are releasing an 8 CD set (Volumes 1-4) of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" ISBN 9781405677035 It will be available through ABC Shops and Centres, and any store can order it in through Allen & Unwin if an ABC Shop isn't convenient for you.
Home Entertainment Manager"
BBC Worldwide Sydney
But what about volume 5, I hear you say :). and this is their reply:
"Not yet - have to see how this one (volume 1-4) performs at retail first"
BBC Worldwide Sydney
 
 
* Sundays - ABC Radio National is broadcasting "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" (with Tim and Graeme) on Sunday mornings at 5.30am.
(20th Feb)
 
 
* Mondays - "Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea". BBC 7 is repeating the second series at 23:00. It can be heard worldwide from www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7  both live and for six days after broadcast via Listen
Again.
(20th Feb)
 
 
* Mondays - BBC 7 airs old episodes of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (with Tim and Graeme). Each episode is available via Listen Again for six days after broadcast. The show can be heard worldwide via the internet from www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7  on the day of broadcast as well as for six days afterwards using Listen Again.
(20th Feb)
 
 
* There were a few articles recently about the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" cast (including Tim & Graeme) wanting to take the show on tour. These included http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2007/02/18/5026/clueless , http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=436795&in_page_id=1770&in_a_source= , and http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23385947-details/A+national+tour+Sorry,+you+haven't+a+chance.../article.do  (thanks to Andrew Burford for pointing out the Mail on Sunday piece).
 
A new article has appeared on Chortle today (at http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2007/02/21/5038/bbc_gives_them_a_clue ) saying the following:
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BBC gives them a Clue
Radio show to tour after dispute settled
The team behind I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue will now go on tour - after the BBC relented about the use of the name.
Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Humphrey Lyttelton had been told they couldn't perform the tour commercially because the corporation owned the rights.
However, after Cryer spoke out about his disappointment, the corporation has now struck a deal to allow the show on the road.
A Radio 4 spokesman said: 'We're pleased to confirm that the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue team are able to go on tour under the banner of the Clue name.
'We have been talking about how to make this happen for some time and are delighted at the positive result.'
Cryer had accused the corporation of being 'bloody stingy' about the proposed tour.
The few radio recordings each year are an instant sell-out - and the team can now expect to sell thousands of tickets to live shows.
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Obviously it is *much* too soon for there to be any specific dates. However, I'm sure the club will be sent the information when the tour is booked.
(22nd Feb)
 
 
* The following extract from a message sent to the ISIHAC mailing list contains recording dates and ticketing info for the spring series of ISIHAC:
The Spring Series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" will comprise three double recordings on the following dates:
1. The London Coliseum on Monday 7th May at 7.30pm
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 9.30am ON WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH
Tickets cost £12.50, £10.50 and £8.50 and are available from the ENO Box Office (0870 145 2200) and their online website from 9.30am on Wednesday 14th March. The Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm if coming in person (6pm on non-performance nights), 9.30am-8.30pm if telephoning (6pm on non-performance nights). Online booking will be available through the ENO website at www.eno.org, following the links to the online booking section. As booking doesn't open until the 14th March, the link to purchase tickets for this event won't go live until that day. There is a £1p&p charge on all transactions that are posted out. There is a maximum of four tickets per applicant, the only exception being some of the boxes that seat 5 and 6.
2. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Monday 4th June at 7.30pm
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 10am ON FRIDAY 2th MARCH
Tickets cost £11.00, £9.00 and £7.00 and are available from the Wales Millennium Centre Box Office (0870 040 2000) and the online website from 10am on Friday 2nd March. The Box Office hours are 10am - 7pm, Mon - Fri, and 10am - 6pm, Sat - Sun. Online bookings can be made at www.wmc.org.uk, and there is a £2 fee per transaction unless paying with cash in person. There is a maximum of four tickets per applicant.
3. New Wimbledon Theatre on Sunday 17th June at 7.30pm
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 10am ON TUESDAY 27th MARCH
Tickets cost £10.50, £8.50 and £6.50 and are available from the Theatre Box Office (0870 060 6646), via the online site, or in person at the New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG.   The Box Office is open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm (6pm on non-performance days).   Please note that the Box Office is unable to take bookings in person for future shows 1 hour prior to a performance. Booking telephone lines are open Mon-Sat 9am-10pm & Sun 10am-8pm (booking fee applies). Internet bookings can be made at: www.newwimbledontheatre.co.uk (booking fee applies). Please declare any access issues at the time of booking. All tickets are subject to a £1 Restoration Levy to help safeguard the legacy of this historic and prestigious theatre. There is a maximum of four tickets per applicant.
Each recording starts at 7.30pm, with a 20-minute interval at around 8.50pm.
The recording generally finishes between 10.15 and 10.30pm.
 
Finally, there's a chance to pick up FREE tickets to the very first series of a new panel game called "The Unbelievable Truth", devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, and featuring David Mitchell (of Channel 4's "Peep Show", and the "Mitchell & Webb" sketch shows on Radio 4 and BBC2) in the chair, and a panel that over the three recordings will include Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Clive Anderson, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Graeme Garden, plus many other famous comedians and friends of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".
The recordings will take place at the Shaw Theatre in London's Euston Road on the evenings of:
Monday 12th March
Sunday 1st April
Monday 23rd April
FREE tickets can be obtained by calling the BBC Ticket Unit on 0870 901 1227 or via their website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/whatson/tickets/comedy.shtml
The show describes itself as "the new panel game where four comedians tell lies and compete against each other to see how many unlikely truths they can smuggle past their opponents". The recordings each start at 7.30pm, with admission to the building at 6.15pm, and to the theatre from 7pm. The recordings should be over by 9.30pm at the latest. The Shaw Theatre is situated at 100-110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ - the nearest underground stations are Euston or King's Cross.
"The Unbelievable Truth" will be broadcast in the same slot as "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and "Just A Minute" (Mondays at 1830, repeated Sundays at 1202) from the 23rd April.
(25th Feb)
 
 
* Today's issue of "The Independent" has a profile of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" chairman Humphrey Lyttelton; it is available in the online edition at http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article2309270.ece .
The interview is in support of Humph's appearance on ITV's "South Bank Show" on 25 March
(4th Mar)
 
 
* Sun, 25 March - "The South Bank Show" on ITV at 23:10 profiles "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton. The show is slated to include interviews with Tim, Graeme, and Barry Cryer.
(5th Mar)
 
 
* Two episodes of "Hamish & Dougal" will be included in the "Comic Relief Controller" broadcast tomorrow morning. Details follow from BBC 7's newsletter. Note that the station is available online at www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 ; the show will be available via Listen Again for 6 days after the initial broadcast.
The Selection
Comic Relief Controller: Milton Jones
To mark Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, Milton Jones takes the helm as our Comedy Controller and dips into BBC 7's archive for some favourite radio comedies. Milton's choices include: Yes Minister 'Big Brother' (25/10/1983); Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 'The Musical Evening' (24/12/2002); Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 'The Shooting Party' (02/01/2003); Radio Active (15/09/1981); The Mark Steel Lecture 'Thomas Paine' (30/09/1999); On the Hour (07/05/1992) and The Flight of the Conchords (06/10/2005).
Saturday at 9am, 8pm and 3am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/comedy/index.shtml?Today
(10th Mar)
 
 
5. GOODIES CROSSWORD PUZZLE
(by Brett Allender)
 
It's been several years since we last had a Goodies crossword, so as a mark of respect to our previous crossword master David McAnally I've devised a new puzzle which will hopefully provide a bit of a test (and a bit of fun too) for C&G readers.
 
Even if you're not familiar with a number of the Goodies episodes listed, the information in my Goodies Episode Summaries (in the "Articles" section) should help you solve the vast majority of the clues.
 
I've posted a copy of the grid and clues in Word format in the "Articles" section of the website at http://www.goodiesruleok.com/articles.php?id=88  which is easier to print out and fill in.
 
The solution will appear in next month's C&G, or if you can't wait that long there is also a copy of it in the website article on a separate page to the blank grid and clues.
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* CLUES – ACROSS *
 
Row 1, column 1 (2 letters) - Mock ad – "O L I ? ?" (It Might As Well Be String)
 
Row 2, column 3 (7 letters) - Surname of guest star who plays Reverend Llewellyn (Wacky Wales)
 
Row 4, column 1 (5 letters) - Graeme does a great impression of this person's commentary style - christian name
 
Row 4, column 7 (4 letters) - Bill finds a Goodlop one very tasty in a mock ad (Hospital For Hire)
 
Row 6, column 6 (5 letters) - Tim the ad man finds this product "far too sexy" (It Might As Well Be String)
 
Row 7, column 2 (4 letters) - Bill's alter-ego, Willie ???? (Punky Business)
 
Row 8, column 5 (5 letters) - Graeme Garden's actual christian name
 
Row 9, column 1 (3 letters) - Lionel Bleah's song at Miss Housewife Of The Year contest – "??? Girls" (Chubby Chumps)
 
Row 9, column 8 (3 letters) - The man in this has "poetic licence" (U-Friend Or UFO)
 
Row 10, column 4 (5 letters) - Sign: "South African Tourist Board. Through Door And Turn ?????" (South Africa)
 
 
* CLUES – DOWN *
 
Column 1, row 1 (4 letters) - This fish tries to bite Graeme's arm off (Almighty Cod)
 
Column 1, row 8 (3 letters) - A rattled Tim refers to himself as "Brown ???" (Scoutrageous)
 
Column 3, row 2 (8 letters) - Black ones of these make lethal martial arts weapons (Kung Fu Kapers)
 
Column 5, row 2 (4 letters) - Bill as High Priest Ee Bah Goom: "Shut door, it's ???? parky!" (Kung Fu Kapers)
 
Column 5, row 7 (2 letters) - Truffaut (The Wonder) Dog - abbreviation (The Movies)
 
Column 6, row 8 (3 letters) - An oddly coloured guest of "Michael Darkinson" – surname (Alternative Roots)
 
Column 7, row 1 (4 letters) - Sir Joshua Makepeace refers to himself as a "miserable old ????" (Cunning Stunts)
 
Column 8, row 6 (5 letters) - A Goodies episode featuring the Bu-boom people (The Lost ?????)
 
Column 9, row 1 (2 letters) - What Doctor Petal has left his vulture Lucretia in his will (Double Trouble)
 
Column 9, row 8 (2 letters) - Song lyrics: "It's just like you, so come on and ?? the Funky Gibbon now!"
 
Column 10, row 3 (4 letters) - Lots of this is consumed during the Goodies' medical exam (Hospital For Hire)
 
 
6. GOODIESRULEOK? SEARCH ME!
(by Brett Allender)
 
A few more strange Google search strings that have led websurfers to our site, accidentally or otherwise:
 
 
"another user on this computer is using the iPod software bug"
(And this user is trying to work out how the heck that led you to the Goodies!)
 
"are plesiosaurs still alive"
(Yes you'll find them and lots of other dinosaurs roaming the corridors of the BBC Programming Department, especially when it comes to the idea of repeating The Goodies!)
 
"australia's sexiest grannies"
(Got to be Pan's Grannies doing the slimy toad and loony moth – va va voom!)
 
"australian wise sayings"
(I didn't know we had any!)
 
"best funeral parlour websites"
(Hmph, The Goodies and their fans are anything but dead and buried, thank you)
 
"bill oddie sex life of the armadillo"
(Careful how you answer that one, Bill!)
 
"bushbaby aircraft"
(I'm sure that Graeme launched a few bushbabies skywards during the show)
 
"cat bundy miami ink"
(Sounds like a game of "Cheddar Gorge" from ISIHAC to me)
 
"eskimo igloo clothes"
(Variable depending on whether Graeme has attached the heatlamp to the butterfly or not)
 
"evil funny bunny kills squirrel"
(Look out, Big Bunny lives again. Nyaah, what's up Doc!)
 
"fourteenth haggis or pizza"
(I'd be going the pizza myself after 14 haggisses!)
 
"granny wife swingers pics"
(More of Tim's celebrity golf guests)
 
 
7. QUIZ & QUOTE ANSWERS
 
(a) Tim
(b) His fiance Lady Amanda etc etc (known to her friends as Big Knockers!)
(c) Hunting Pink (A Hunting We Will Go)
(d) It was put on the wrong leg – it should have been on Graeme's!
(e) Radio Times
(f) A pretty young nurse
(g) "Hay"
(h) Little Jimmy Osmond
 
YOUR SCORE:
8    Mastermind Of The Year
7    Goodies fan supreme
5-6 Clever clogs
3-4 Reasonably Goodie
1-2 Thick as old boots
0    Rolf Harris!
 
 
NEXT C&G EDITIONS:
- #137:   15th April 2007.
- UK Tour 25th April 2007
 
C&G BACK ISSUES CONTENTS INDEX: http://www.goodiesruleok.com/articles.php?id=45
 
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Comments
Good to see the ISIRTA CDs will be available in OZ. I had a quick look in the ABC shop the other day when I was wandering around but I didn't expect to see them. This news is a pleasant surprise. Hopefully they will sell well enough here that the BBC realize we colonials would actually buy stuff if it was available for sale.
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