The Goodies: A Tasty Second Helping Starring: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie The episodes: In their native Britain and way off in Australia, the Goodies found adoration for their madcap humour in the 1970s. In its day, the primetime BBC comedy was considered cutting edge in its use of deliberately hammy special effects, which naturally look a bit dated now. Effects that famously roll in the programme's credits included a giant fluffy cat taking down (a model of) London's Telecom Tower, and illustrated well each episode's slightly surreal plot line. This double-disc set follows an earlier compilation, but ageing Goodies fans with a reasonable memory will recall most of these eight episodes as perceived classics of their day. For the unfamiliar viewer, a quick explanation of the show's premise follows. The Goodies comprise the oddball trio of Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie, all of whom are referred to by their real names. Their raison d'etre is stated in the programme's tag line: 'We'll do anything, anywhere.' This doesn't so much make these gents the ultimate 'service providers' as give the BBC scriptwriters a free hand in dreaming up the theme of each week's antics. The 'we'll do anything ...' was more a mission statement to cover bizarre ground. Although scenarios changed drastically, character tone didn't. Garden was always cast as a manipulative scientific/inventor boffin; Brooke-Taylor was a dim-witted would-be aristocrat; Oddie was an easily led, short-tempered working-class rebel. The discs kick off with 1970's Radio Goodies, which charts the efforts of the three in setting up an offshore pirate radio station. As if this premise weren't enough, they simultaneously turn their hand to Goodies Post, a postal system with its own unique touches: first- class mail, for instance, is delivered by Brooke-Taylor, who's dressed in Elizabethan court regalia, from a Rolls-Royce. Come Dancing (1971), broadcast in black and white to emphasise the outdated image of ballroom dancing, is much more than a send-up of the TV programme of the same name. Mafia infiltration of the world of judged foxtrot and the like competes for laughs with Garden's remote-controlled robotic dancing dinner suits, worn by all Goodies. This episode turns out good comic performances from guests Joan Simms and June Whitfield. Although Punky Business (1977) shows an eagerness to confront the new rebel youth phenomenon, its jokes are surprisingly conservatively puerile. The extras: Commentary from the trio appears on half the selections. A clip from their guest spot on 70s children's TV show Crackerjack and the amusing Travelling Five Minutes Christmas short are included, as is the less compelling slapstick short Gymnasium. The verdict: Re-visiting an idolised series from one's childhood is never going to live up to expectations. But these eight episodes, although irritatingly slow at times, will get a laugh or two from most viewers, familiar or otherwise.