The BBC's digital download-to-own service, BBC Store, is today publishing a new collection, It's The Goodies!
Mixing satire, slapstick and sketch-like set-pieces, The Goodies, the hit sitcom running for nine series from 1970 to 1982, starred Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. The leading trio of characters would do "anything, anywhere, anytime", leading to many varied and often surreal adventures.
Moving to ITV for its final ninth series, the new collection marks 37 years since the trio's BBC run came to an end, on 18th February 1980, and includes six episodes that have not been available for viewers to buy before and may not have been seen by some fans since their original broadcasts more than 40 years ago.
The newly released episodes are The Greenies, The Loch Ness Monster, Winter Olympics, Black Magic, Clown Virus and Animals.
Also included are the famed award-winning episode Kitten Kong, and Kung Fu Kapers, notorious as having caused one viewer to die from laughing so hard whilst watching.
BBC Store notes: "The Goodies was one of the first shows in the UK to use pioneering camera trickery. Two of the trio's most famous comedy sequences played with different formats, both of which feature in It's The Goodies! on BBC Store. One is the award-winning episode The Movies, where they each attempt to make a film at the same time, which results in a film that sees them flow rapidly from movie to movie, breaking through frames and mixing up genres; and Kitten Kong, which sees a kitten named Twinkle grow to a gigantic size and terrorise London, tearing down the Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower)."
Aaron Bhamra, Head of Editorial at BBC Store, says: "It's The Goodies! is bursting with moments of comic genius and brilliant silliness and we are delighted to be able to make such a landmark in British television comedy available on BBC Store."
Episodes are priced £1.89 each and the entire collection costs £19.99. Details & Buy
The fifteen episodes published today are as follows:
Series 1 Episode 5 - The Greenies (6th December 1970) [New release]
Series 1 Episode 6 - Cecily Season (13th December 1970)
Series 1 Episode 7 - Radio Goodies (20th December 1970)
Series 2 Episode 1 - The Loch Ness Monster (1st October 1971) [New release]
Montreux Special - Kitten Kong (9th April 1972)
Series 3 Episode 3 - Winter Olympics (17th February 1973) [New release]
Series 3 Episode 26 - Black Magic (24th February 1973) [New release]
Series 5 Episode 1 - The Movies (10th February 1975)
Series 5 Episode 2 - Clown Virus (17th February 1975) [New release]
Series 5 Episode 7 - Kung Fu Kapers AKA Ecky-Thump (24th March 1975)
Series 5 Episode 8 - Lighthouse Keeping Loonies AKA The Lighthouse Men (31st March 1975)
Series 5 Episode 12 - Bunfight At The O.K. Tea Rooms (28th April 1975)
Series 5 Episode 13 - The End AKA Encased In Concrete (5th May 1975)
Series 7 Episode 6 - Earthanasia AKA The End Of The World Show (22nd December 1976)
Series 8 Episode 5 - Animals AKA Animals Liberation (11th February 1980) [New release]
DVD distributors Network are also known to be working on a Goodies collection, having previously released selected episodes from the original BBC run of the comedy alongside the complete ITV series. Their new definitive collection DVD box set is scheduled to be released later this year, including all nine series and a collectors' book.