I don’t want to appear uncharitable, but how come it misses Donald, glances off Boris, and takes out Tim Brooke-Taylor? In what universe is that fair?
Cambridge graduates Bill Oddie (born 7 July 1941), Graeme Garden (born 18 February 1943) and Tim Brooke-Taylor (born 17 July 1940) first performed to a large audience (larger than their combined mums, that is) on the BBC radio show I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again. The big screen beckoned but despite vaulting ambition, they were celluloid zeros and stomped off to BBC-TV and demanded a chunk of time on the small screen. On a platform about two-foot by one-and-a-half feet they really filled the cathode ray bubble, often breaking the fourth wall. The repair bills resulted in them not being able to afford air for the trandem cycle tyres until series three.
The character played by Tim Brooke-Taylor could be described as an upper class twit, but it always had a liberal dose of Stan Laurel as well, a perfect foil for Oddie’s earthy growl and Garden’s professorly, er, Professor.
They loved music too, Bill Oddie quite fancying himself a bearded hobbit-rock star. The Goodies released several singles, the most successful of which was the gloriously silly “Funky Gibbon”, which reached #4 in the UK somewhere in the middle of 1975.
For me, their musical peak came with an inspired cover of The Troggs “Wild Thing”.
Tim: C’mon and hold me TIGHT… Not quite that tight.
In heaven it is told that Hendrix wept when he heard it. Now Jimi and Timmy can discuss the finer points of wild thingyness over a pint at their favourite Elysian fields pub.
Vale Tim Brooke-Taylor [17 July 1940—12 April 2020]