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

Comedy legend dies from coronavirus

British performer Tim Brooke-Taylor, a member of comedy trio The Goodies, has died after contracting coronavirus. He was 79.

Brooke-Taylor's agent says he died on Sunday morning "from COVID-19".

Brooke-Taylor was part of Cambridge University's Footlights revue, the breeding ground of several generations of British comic talent.

Tim Brooke-Taylor in 2011. Picture: John Stillwell / Getty
Tim Brooke-Taylor in 2011. Picture: John Stillwell / Getty

 

The Goodies.
The Goodies.

He broke into radio and television comedy in the 1960s alongside future Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.

Brooke-Taylor went on to form The Goodies with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. The trio specialised in slightly surreal sketches incorporating visual inventiveness, slapstick and songs.

Their song Funky Gibbon even became a UK top 10 chart hit in 1975.

Their TV show, which ran throughout the 1970s, was a hit in Britain, Australia and New Zealand and developed a cult following in many other countries.

The Goodies formed part of a golden era of British television comedy in the 1960s and '70s that included Monty Python's Flying Circus and Not the Nine O'Clock News.

 

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

For more than 40 years, Brooke-Taylor was also a panellist on BBC radio's much loved comic quiz show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Goodies co-star Garden said Brooke-Taylor was "a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with. Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable".

"His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear," Garden said.

Other stars have paid tribute:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke-Taylor is survived by his wife, Christine, and two sons.

Originally published as Comedy legend dies from coronavirus


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