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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read but a little lightweight, 19 Aug. 2006
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Alasdair Swanson "arcoddath" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Goodies Rule OK: The Official Story of the Cult Comedy Collective (Hardcover)
I was lucky enough to snare an early copy of this at a signing in Edinburgh. It's a very enjoyable read and covers the program pretty well but it feels a little "light" for reasons I can't put my finger on. Perhaps it's the lack of detail for many of the episodes, perhaps it just doesn't look like a "reference" book, perhaps it's the lack of a decent index but for a lot of reasons it doesn't feel authoritative. Ross is a good and enthusiastic writer but this isn't as good as, for instance, his "Carry On Companion", it feels too thrown together. For all that, it's still the only book available currently on The Goodies, it does cover a lot of ground, if lightly, and it has some invaluable information about the team's earlier careers. I can't really give it five stars and I'd feel bad giving it three hence the four.

I have a feeling the ideal book on The Goodies would be a cross between this, Richard Webber's A-Z books (Dad's Army, Carry On) and Andrew Pixley's massively informative DVD booklets for Quatermass, Ripping yarns and The Goodies (vol 2). Until then, this'll do...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight to a favorite show, 5 July 2010
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R. E. Smith (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Goodies Rule OK: The Official Story of the Cult Comedy Collective (Hardcover)
I grew up with The Goodies during the seventies and have always be interested in its slapstick comedy.
This book goes behind the scenes of this show that lasted ten years at the BBC, but only one series at LWT. While all three actors/comedians contribute to the volume, it is Bill Oddie who makes the greater contribution.As co-writer of the scripts along with Graeme Garden and occasionally Tim Brook-Taylor,composer and singer of the title song and incidental music. It is great insight to the making of the show, of the times it was made and the politics at the BBC. However I feel that Bill Oddie come across as rather bitter at his lack of recognition both as a serious musician and as a writer.
Highly reccomended for all Goddies fans, but do not expect lots of laughs, this is as close to biography as the reader, I feel, will get for quite awhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Ross delivers the goods on the Goodies, 1 Aug. 2011
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J.D. Guinness (Kelowna, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Goodies Rule OK: The Official Story of the Cult Comedy Collective (Hardcover)
If, like me, you're 40-plus years of age and remember watching, and rapidly loving, the crazy TV adventures of three very silly Englishmen who rode a bicycle-built-for-three, you will love this, without question.

One of the most enjoyable showbiz biographies I've ever read, The Goodies Rule OK is a lavish, colorful, and above all affectionate tribute to possibly the most creative comedy ensemble ever.

With plenty of input from the artistes themselves, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie, Goodies Rule OK tells their story from their schooldays right through the peak years of their groundbreaking TV sitcom and its spin-off records and books and solo projects right up to 2006 and their recent live stage tours in Australia as well as Britain.

The Goodies were an exceptionally strong comedy team. Each man, Tim (who played the upper-class coward called Tim), Graeme (who played mad scientist Graeme)and Bill (who played the excitable hippie conservationist Bill) was funny as an individual and yet could still play straight to the other two seemingly without effort.

This book tells you how they did it, why they should be celebrated as a unique comedic force independent of lazy comparisons to their chums the Monty Python team, and best of all, it'll have you wanting to get your hands on all things Goody: those aforementioned TV shows, records, and books. Yes, they were/are that good.

Other reviewers have commented that the book is a bit light on technical detail but frankly I didn't miss it (Do you really need to know who their second assistant cameraman was?).

Thank you, Mr. Ross, and thank you, Goodies: this is a book every bit as impressive and rewarding as Charles Chaplin's My Life in Pictures or Groucho Marx's The Groucho Phile. This is a book any fan of classic, groundbreaking comedy will read and re-read for many years to come.
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