The Friday Goodies: Ecky Thump

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It’s a classic Kung Fu spoof, featuring Bill Oddie as the young grasshopper in search of enlightenment.

Who knew it could be found out the back of a fish and chip shop in Rochdale?

“Ecky Thump” has it all: beautiful maidens, flat caps, black pudding, tripe. It even boasts a Lancastrian version of Kwai Chang Caine’s blind mentor, the venerable Master Po.


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The Friday Goodies: Earthanasia

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“What haven’t I done yet? Or what have I done that I enjoyed so much I want to do it again?

The Goodies freak out after they hear an announcement on the radio that the world will be blown up that night.

With less than half an hour to go, they scramble to work out what they want to do with the last few  minutes of their life. Cue regression therapies and fantasies about the Three Degrees.

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The Friday Goodies: Arthur C. Clarke

“A common or garden rhinoceros, floating upside down in the water, holding a French loaf in its mouth, balancing a tortoise … “

Yes, The Friday Goodies are back. This week, it’s their spot-on spoof of Arthur C. Clarke and his Mysterious World television series.

Or is it?

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The Friday Goodies: Kitten Kong

Last Friday I was at my friend Sandra’s funeral. Amidst the tears and the laughter and the sadness there was also some navel-gazing as I considered my own footprints in the sand.

I decided to make many changes — lose weight, spend more time with the kids, give up drinking — but a small one that has cheered me up immensely is The Friday Goodies.

As the summer inexorably gives way to autumn I’m trying to stave off the suffocating greyness of London winter with a weekly infusion of possibly my favourite-ever TV comedy series, The Goodies.

If you only know Bill Oddie as an irascible Twitcher, or Graeme Garden as the dad of the bloke from Scissor Sisters, or Tim Brooke-Taylor as that bloke from Radio 4, tune in for The Friday Goodies. You might learn something.

First up, vintage Goodies: “Kitten Kong.” Say hello, Twinkle.

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