|'The Lost Tribe'
by Tim Brooke-Taylor,
and Graeme Garden
Freezing to death in their office, the Goodies vow to make sure their next job pays enough to fix their heating – but they promptly give in when an attractive girl named Hazel asks for their help in finding her father, Professor Knutts, who went missing in 1951 whilst leading an expedition to find the Lost Tribe of the Orinoco. Seeing a way to enjoy the jungle heat, Tim, Graeme and Bill readily agree, and with Hazel in tow, they follow the directions in the professor’s diary, braving the dangers of the British countryside, avoiding heavy traffic, crossing rivers, and fighting off killer sheep – before eventually arriving in Sevenoaks. Hearing the sound of jungle drums, Tim, Graeme, Bill and Hazel soon find Professor Knutts, who turns out not to be an explorer, but a celebrated comic. Happy to be reunited with Hazel, the Professor explains that he went looking for the Lost Tribe because they were the only people in the world who hadn’t heard his jokes. The Goodies accept the Professor’s offer of dinner – only to find that they are the ones on the Tribe’s menu…
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Bill Oddie (Bill), Tim Brooke-Taylor (Tim), Graeme Garden (Graeme), Bridget Armstrong (Hazel Knutts), Roy Kinnear (Professor Knutts), Olu Jacobs (Tribesman)
Produced and Directed by Jim Franklin
Music by Bill Oddie and Michael Gibbs
TX (BBC 2):
22nd October 1971
*Featuring Tim, Bill and Graeme
*Alternative title: 'The Lost Tribe Of the Orinoco'