Good­ies blast ‘white lib­er­als’ be­hind BBC ban on re­peats

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Chris Hast­ings

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

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