Goodies, goodie, goodie, yum, yum. Five words that sum up a shared childhood in Australia in the 1980s. Five words that cut deep as a generation of kids who revered the comedy group The Goodies comes to terms with the news that one of its hilarious trinity, comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, has died.
In the UK, Brooke-Taylor, aged 79, will be eulogised as a comedian of note, one of the stars of the Cambridge University Footlights, along with iconic stars such as John Cleese and the Monty Python team, and more recently, as a panellist on a raft of comedy game shows.
In Australia, however, Brooke-Taylor remains part of The Goodies, a television sketch and situation comedy in which he starred alongside Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, filmed on a combination of cheaply-built studio sets and pioneering green screen “chroma-key” backgrounds.
The Goodies aired in the UK between 1970 and 1982, and in Australia in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and gave kids a bizarre but much-loved collection of cultural references, from Kitten Kong and the venomous Bagpipe spider which stalked Loch Ness, to the secret martial art of Ecky-Thump.