Goodness Gracious Me

Goodness Gracious Me. Image shows from L to R: Nina Wadia, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar. Copyright: BBC.

Goodness Gracious Me

British-Asian sketch show starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir and Nina Wadia

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HarryG

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 12:40pm [Edited]
  • London, England
  • 1 posts

Hi Everyone,

I'm doing a bit of research into British-Indian comedy.

I wanted to gather everyone's thoughts about the sketch show from the late 1990s - Goodness Gracious Me.

There's a number of sketches on Kulvinder Ghir's YouTube Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/kulvinderghir

Please let me know your thoughts!

Much appreciated,

H

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Lee

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 12:56pm
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  • 36,341 posts

I used to enjoy it. All very talented performers. Not sure what I can add to the "British-Indian comedy" topic though?

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Aaron

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 2:34pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,275 posts

It was a bit before I got particularly interested in comedy, so (despite owning the DVD, woops) have only seen the odd episode here and there - broadly enjoyed what I have seen though.

Also quite enjoyed Channel 4's Meet The Magoons.

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chipolata

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 4:36pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 29,513 posts

At the time I thought it was good if unspectacular. But in retrospect it had a pretty consistant hit rate. That said, I wish it had a bit more bite. They seemed to shy away from doing or saying anything too controversial. At times it was too nice and safe.

Also, I remember at the time a lot of white liberals who probably didn't watch a lot of television comedy really raving about it.

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Matthew Stott

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 4:38pm
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts

I remember thinking it was pretty 'meh' at the time, didn't do a lot for me.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Friday 27th May 2011, 4:51pm [Edited]
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,519 posts

Dave "Come Dine With Me" Lamb
Was in this as well.

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Agnes Guano

  • Saturday 28th May 2011, 9:24pm
  • Tediumcester, England
  • 541 posts

It had many really good sketches, as well as some truly amazing ones that I would argue stand the test of time. It was important as well, not that a comedy series has to be important, in giving a previously almost totally ignored section of British society a voice. It was satirical when it needed to be, and introduced me to the quirky odd world of Indian life in Britain and how they see themselves and others. I feel I know more about Hindu/Muslim life because of this series. I know how odd that sounds! In a way I suppose I watch it in the way I do a lot of say Jewish humour. I may not get everything instantly but there's nearly always something I can laugh at and lot more that I can learn from. Father Christmas? Indian!

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dennispennis123

  • Tuesday 31st May 2011, 12:29am
  • United Kingdom
  • 419 posts

I realy liked it. The character who believed everything was Indian was funny.

"English Oxford Dictionary........... Indian!"

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Agnes Guano

  • Tuesday 31st May 2011, 12:43am
  • Tediumcester, England
  • 541 posts

Royal family? Indian!

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buster

  • Tuesday 31st May 2011, 7:12pm
  • Totnes, England
  • 1 posts

Brilliant, comedy at it's best and always made me laugh

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lofthouse

  • Tuesday 31st May 2011, 10:19pm
  • Nowhere, England
  • 8,952 posts

"Kiss my chuddies"

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chipolata

  • Wednesday 1st June 2011, 10:23am
  • England
  • 29,513 posts

The show also contained some sub-par Fast Show stuff, like the "Cheque please" guy. That was lazy catchphrase comedy at its worst.

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Trabs

  • Wednesday 1st June 2011, 11:41am [Edited]
  • England
  • 486 posts

I thought it was really good when it first started, a lot of good sketches and ideas in there. "Going for an English" and such like, the dad who thought everyone was Indian was very funny, and the competitive mums were also good. I felt as it went on, it ran out of steam and ideas.

I remember thinking at the time how much they over did the aspect of playing on famous film and TV shows but giving them an Indian twist - so Skippy the Bush Kangaroo became Skipinder and such like. For me there was no actual joke there other than giving Skippy an Indian name, and they seemed to start doing that stuff to death. Maybe a downfall was that they were concentrating too much on getting Indian references into as many sketches as possible, instead of concentrating on just writing funny material.

I also found the more they tried to make a social point (especially through song) the less funny it was. I remember a terrible song about scratch cards, and also a song about tensions between Muslims and Hindus that was really cringeworthy.

All in all, a good show I remember fondly with some great comedy moments, but ran out of ideas and started repeating itself.