The Goodies to be repeated on BBC Two

Just as I hit the publish button on my Goodies DVD review, I read some news on Twitter that almost makes one line redundant, or at least it will once BBC Two repeats an episode of the series on Tuesday 21 December.

Fan website The Goodies Rule – OK! has announced that an episode is due to air late on Tuesday 21 December (well, early into Wednesday 22 December, at 00.40), with another seven following until Thursday 30 December.

This is the first time the BBC has repeated The Goodies since their original transmission, and marks the end of a long campaign from fans to see the team back on the air.

I could complain about the late slots these are being given, but there’s a long history of series being tucked away in the wee small hours, only to gather an appreciative audience who stumble across it and embrace it. Something similar happened to me when Channel 4 repeated The Prisoner in the early 1990s, and I now rate it as one of my favourite programmes.

The excellent Goodies Rule – OK! also lets us know that the Bristol Watershed’s (which, as an aside, has some of the finest bar food in Bristol) recent celebration of The Goodies, which saw Sir Christopher Frayling interviewing Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor for well over an hour, is now online.

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