2001 and a Bit

2001 and a Bit

Infobox The Goodies episode
name = 2001 and a Bit

number = 54
airdate = 26 October, 1976
(Tuesday — 9 p.m.)
director =
producer =
guests = Oliver Gilbert as

""Jimmy Hill"

series = 6

2001 and a Bit is an episode of the British comedy television series "The Goodies".

As always, the episode was written by members of The Goodies.

Prologue and profiles

The Goodies have gone their separate ways. They each have an adult son. Their sons are:
* "Bill Brooke-Taylor":Tim's son Bill resembles Bill Oddie, but he is similar in nature to Tim Brooke-Tayor.:Bill Brooke-Taylor wears similar conservative clothes to Tim, including wearing a Union Jack waistcoat. :Bill Brooke-Taylor also makes patriotic speeches to the music of "Land of Hope and Glory" ::(Tim comments that his son, Bill, is a credit to the Brooke-Taylors – "a right little crawler").
* "Graeme Oddie":Bill's son Graeme resembles Graeme Garden, but he acts very much like Bill Oddie.:Graeme Oddie, who is an eccentric and violent sportsman, wears sports clothes.
*"Tim Garden":Graeme's son Tim resembles Tim Brooke-Taylor, but his interests are similar to those of Graeme Garden.:Tim Garden is vague and thoughtful, and has an interest in science, and wears clothes similar to Graeme Garden.


It is a more permissive era, and life has become dull and boring for the world at large. Since everything is now permitted, nothing is exciting, and even the popular violent spectator sport of "rollerball" is treated as "". Jimmy Hill, who is now a very old man with a long beard, greets sports on his programme with the same level of boredom as the rest of the population.

The New Goodies, led by Bill Brooke-Taylor, want to add some excitement to the lives of the people, and to get them excited about something again. In the attempt to add more excitement to 'rollerball', Graeme Oddie (a leading competitor of violent sports), and some of his equally violent friends, modify the game to 'rolleregg', a combination of an egg and spoon race and 'rollerball'. Graeme Oddie is the leading competitor for 'rolleregg'.

Bill Brooke-Taylor wants to resurrect the ancient game of Cricket, with the idea that that something which is truly boring might be enough of a novelty to be interesting to the population. He asks his father, Tim, about the MCC. Tim decides to take his son to the retirement home for old cricketers the "MCC Sanctuary'", where Bill and Graeme are now residing in their old age. To travel to the retirement home, both Tim and his son, Bill, wear automatic motorised shoes.

At Lord's Cricket Ground, Tim Garden finds a tiny urn full of ashes in a cupboard. Assuming that the urn was full of dust, Tim Garden empties the ashes onto the floor. Then, he finds a discarded cricket box, and, assuming that it is a hat of some sort, he places it on his head. Tim Garden also puts the stumps and cricket bat to a new and novel use.

With help from the former members of the MCC, cricket is revived, and the commentators for the match are Bill Brooke-Taylor, Tim Garden, and a robot. However, people who go to a cricket match to find out what it is like, become quickly bored — they have been reared on far more violent games. So a compromise is reached — the "rolleregg" side, led by Graeme Oddie, is pitted against the aging MCC members.

After being continually struck on the body with cricket balls bowled by the cricket players, the humiliated "rolleregg" players decide to use an enormous robot to bat from, but they are still defeated by the MCC members. After a final victory against Graeme Oddie by the aging Tim and Bill, the MCC members inherit the Earth and retain "the Ashes" — and the MCC members are still marching on – somewhere.


Quote 1 :Raquel Welch had given birth to triplets after the Goodies had all had simultaneous affairs with her.
She named the babies after the three Goodies — and the Goodies then each adopted one of the baby boys.

::* Tim (showing a photo of the babies to his son, Bill):::::"When these three were born, we did not know who the father was, so we each took one ..."::* Tim (pausing, and looking at his son, Bill): "... sometimes I think we might have made a mistake"

Quote 2::* Bill Brooke-Taylor: :::There's a deathly hush at Lord's tonight,:::The pitch lies covered in weeds,:::Willow and leather crack no more together,:::But that's what the country needs.:::We'll show them all with bat and ball,:::In spite of our lumbago,:::We're not caught out by Frog or Kraut,:::Nor greasy Wop nor Dago.:::If you're one who plays for five long days,:::Trying desperately to draw,:::If you stop each ball like a concrete wall,:::'Till they let out a mighty snore,:::If you can run a gallant one:::Between 10 AM and tea,:::But above all, if you can bore 'em stiff,:::You're the pride of the MCC!

poofs and imitations

* Jimmy Hill — who was a genuine commentator for BBC's "Match of the Day".
* Rollerball
* Egg and spoon race
* Cricket
* The Ashes
* Tim holds up copies of the Beano and the Dandy, popular children's comics of the era (and still going strong), with their mastheads changed to read 'Porno' and 'Randy', in keeping with the permissive times.


* "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

External links


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