- Give Police a Chance
Infobox The Goodies episode
name = Give Police a Chance
number = 3
22 November, 1970
(Sunday — 10.35 p.m.)
John Howard Davies
"the Police Sergeant"
Jim Collieras ""..." Alexander Bridgeas ""..." Bartlett Mullinsas ""..." Katya Wyethas ""..."
series = 1
This episode is also known as ""Love the Police" and as ""Police Public Image".
""Give Police a Chance" was the title which Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden agreed on for this episode.
The Goodies are asked to help with the public image of the police, because nobody likes them. The police have no idea why they are so unpopular. The Police Sergeant, and the policeman accompanying him, rough the Goodies up, demanding that they help. The Goodies are terrified, but they agree to help anyway.
The Goodies, dressed as policemen, turn an Identikit into an Identikit Game (for all the family), and open "The Coppe Shoppe" (where they sell handcuffs as a 'charm bracelet', and also sell police helmets). Riding their trandem, they give flowers to people, take away restrictive
traffic signs and traffic meters, paint LOVE on the road, block off some streets so that children can use the streets to play in, and go swimming in a "no swimming" area at a park. Everyone begins to love the police, including small children (who run to the Goodies and mob them, whenever they see them).
The Goodies are eventually arrested for 'breaking the law' and appear in Court on trial for their misdeeds. They discover that the Judge is actually the Police Sergeant who hired them, and that a policeman is acting as both the Prosecutor and Defence Counsel. The jury, likewise, is completely composed of policemen (who also double as witnesses in the trial) and they all declare the Goodies guilty immediately — even before the trial begins. All seems hopeless, until Tim makes an impassioned plea to the Judge, commenting that it was the Judge, himself, who asked them to make the police more popular.
* The episode was made, and first broadcast, during the
Hippieera. A popular music group from this era was The Beatles, and the Goodies lead the Police in a song "Give Police a Chance" (which was based on the John Lennonsong, " Give Peace a Chance").
* "The Complete Goodies" — Robert Ross, B T Batsford, London, 2000
* "The Goodies Rule OK" — Robert Ross, Carlton Books Ltd, Sydney, 2006
* "From Fringe to Flying Circus" — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980'" — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980
* "The Goodies Episode Summaries" — Brett Allender
* "The Goodies — Fact File" — Matthew K. Sharp
*: ("Give Police a Chance" is listed under an alternative title at IMDb)
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