The Goodies (1970–1982)
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Sex and Violence 

Desiree Carthorse noted anti sex campaigner enlists the Goodies to produce a film about sex without mention sex. The boys put a sanitized piece together and show it to her. She objects to ... See full summary »




Episode cast overview:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden ... Graeme Garden
Bill Oddie ... Himself
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Desiree Carthorse
Richard Wattis ... TV Show Host
Alex MacIntosh Alex MacIntosh
John Lawrence John Lawrence
Jim Collier Jim Collier
Valerie Stanton Valerie Stanton
Tony West Tony West


Desiree Carthorse noted anti sex campaigner enlists the Goodies to produce a film about sex without mention sex. The boys put a sanitized piece together and show it to her. She objects to the use of the word gender in the opening sequence and threatens to sue the boys. She quickly convinces the world the Goodies are smut mongers and can't be trusted. They see a chance of redemption when a TV show featuring Reginald Wheelbarrow discusses the film. The Goodies kidnap the Member of Parliament and appear in his place, talking how tame the film is. The BBC realizes the ruse but then commission the boys to make more films. It is explained that the controversy around gender education is a way to keep people occupied with nonsense while the put the most violent shows they can think of. Graeme and Tim are disgusted by the idea, but Bill embraces the concept as a way to make lots of money. Eventually Desiree Tim and Graeme join forces to stop him by sabotaging the studios where Bill is making ... Written by glen_chapman <>

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31 December 1971 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode, with it's character Mrs. Desiree Carthorse, an obvious parody of Mary Whitehouse, was specifically written in response to a letter the Goodies received from Mary Whitehouse in real life. She wrote to them after their first episode aired, congratulating them on how suitable their brand of comedy was for family audiences. The trio were so mortified by this unwanted 'honor', that they devised this thinly-veiled parody to get out of Whithouse's good books. See more »


[In the sex education film that the Goodies have made for young children. A picture of Tim is being displayed]
Graeme Garden: [Narrating] This is a man.
[Picture changes to a shot of some anonymous woman]
Graeme Garden: ...And this isn't.
[Picture changes to a shot of Tim and the woman standing side-by-side]
Graeme Garden: This is a picture of a man and a woman. Do you know what the difference is? Yes, that's right; men are better at football. But, you know, there are other differences, as well...
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Lurid, vile, unspeakable, depraved filth.
13 November 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

From the mid-60s through to the early 2000s (when she finally popped her clogs), puritanical Christian TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse made life a misery for those who didn't share her ultra-conservative views about sex and violence in the media. When she wrote to The Goodies congratulating them on their 'wholesome' family show, they responded by writing this episode, which mercilessly parodies Mary and her meddling ways. Even if the show hadn't been all that funny, I would have loved it for its sheer subversiveness, but as it happens, it's bloody hilarious.

Beryl Reid, as Mrs Desiree Carthorse, a thinly-veiled parody of Whitehouse, is absolutely brilliant, mercilessly mocking every aspect of the irate old woman; all three Goodies masquerading as mustachioed right-wing politician Sir Reginald Wheelbarrow is delightfully absurd; and Bill Oddie going berserk as a result of too much exposure to sex and violence is just plain silly. Even better than all of that is The Goodies' frightfully reserved sex education film 'How To Make Babies By Doing Dirty Things' which they make in accordance to Mrs Carthorse's strange belief's on what is decent, the naughtiest moment being when a man and woman in love, covered from head to foot in sheets, hold hands with each other (the result being the miracle of birth!)—hilarious!!!

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