3.5 out of 5 stars

Monty Python meets The Monkees – that’s the easy pitch for classic ’70s comedy show, The Goodies. Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie are the trio of do gooders (or should that be goodies) in this huge collection which brings together the classic show’s entire BBC run across 12 discs and 2040 minutes.

Filled with calamity and comedy, The Goodies is a wonderfully old-fashioned and politically incorrect series which sees our three leads stumble and tumble through a series of misadventures. Surreal and far-out, The Goodies might be dated, but it’s anarchic nature feels like a total breath of fresh air in the current offend no-one era.

Network DVD has released this massive 12-disc set of The Goodies, which is everything fans would want from this show (including the recently recorded An Audience with The Goodies), and the show still hits a lot great of notes almost 50 years after it first aired.

Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie also wrote this ground-breaking series and while it might not have hit the cultural zeitgeist as the aforementioned Monty Python or The Monkees, it will still jiggle your funny bone in all the right places.