Goodies blast ‘white liberals’ behind BBC ban on repeats
THEY were among the biggest comedy stars of the 1970s, with their anarchic TV antics attracting audiences of up to 12million.
But The Goodies today complain that the BBC has refused to regularly repeat their hit show because of ‘white liberal’ viewers taking offence.
In a candid interview with Event magazine, the trio – Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor – admit to being ‘slightly embarrassed’ by some of the less politically correct scenes that were of their time, such as Oddie playing a black Muslim character called Rastus P Watermelon. But Oddie said the only viewers who found the show troublesome were white liberals – with Garden adding that ‘stupid people’ might also take offence.
The trio also say that, while the BBC always insists it would rather invest in new comedy than broadcast old hits, that doesn’t stop the reruns of Dad’s Army.
Oddie, 77, is also angry with the BBC for axing him from its Springwatch programme in 2008, triggering a depression that led to two suicide bids, and bitterly refers to them as ‘bloody bastards’ today.
MADCAP: Goodies Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor pose for Event