Vale Tim Brooke-Taylor

The Goodies TV show  was one of several shows of English comedians that had a lasting impact on my youth.

The Goodies was a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combined surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2[1] from 1970 to 1980. One seven-episode series was made for ITV company LWT and shown in 1981-82.

The show was co-written by and starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie (together known as “The Goodies”). Bill Oddie also wrote the music and songs for the series, while “The Goodies Theme” was co-written by Oddie and Michael Gibbs. Directors/producers of the series were John Howard Davies, Jim Franklin and Bob Spiers.

Sadly Tim Brooke-Taylor passed away recently.

A funny little vignette of their work surfaced on facebook this morning, I both chuckled and cried.

Here is the video:-

Here’s another:-

The other major English comedians and shows were Spike Milligan,  and by association The Goon Show, and Monty Python.

I have most of Spike Milligan’s books but hope to have the complete set one day. The most memorable for me were his War Memoirs.

I own the entire Monty Python TV series on DVD and several of their movies as well.

Read the Guardian’s fine obituary on Tim Brooke-Taylor

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