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by Tim Brooke-Taylor,
Bill Oddie
and Graeme Garden
The Goodies

Learning that all the film studios are closing down, Tim, Bill and Graeme decide to buy up Pinetree Studios for £25 in a bid to revitalise the British movie industry. However, after watching the films made by the studio’s directors and declaring them all to be boring and pretentious, the Goodies promptly fire everyone and resolve to make their own movies instead. Unfortunately the trio soon fall out after their first attempt, ‘MacBeth Meets Truffaut the Wonder Dog’ turns out as a shambolic mess, and they vow never to work with each other again. While Bill begins work on a black and white slapstick comedy, Tim takes on the title role in his new version of ‘Samson’, and Graeme dons a cowboy outfit in a Western. The only problem is that they all begin filming on the same studio lot at the same time – and chaos inevitably ensues…

Bill Oddie (Bill), Tim Brooke-Taylor (Tim), Graeme Garden (Graeme), Richard Smith (Andy Warhol), Frank Lester (Macbeth), Jennifer Somville (Nun), Sonny Day (Charlie Chaplin), Melita Clarke (Delilah), Dennis Hayward (Stan Laurel), John Cannon (Oliver Hardy), Frank Chainey (Cellist), Ernie Goodyear (Buster Keaton / Keystone Kop / Cameraman), Decima Rickard (Julie Andrews)

Produced and Directed by Jim Franklin
Music by Bill Oddie and Michael Gibbs

TX (BBC 2):
10th February 1974

*Featuring Tim, Bill and Graeme

*Alternative title: 'The British Film Industry'

*For this episode, the end credits run roller-style into a setting sun