Vale: Tim Brooke-Taylor
British comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor of The Goodies, has died after contracting coronavirus.
British comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, one-third of The Goodies, has died aged 79.
He died on Sunday after contracting coronavirus, his agent has confirmed.
Goodies co-star Bill Oddie called him a “true visual comic and a great friend”.
Graeme Garden said he was “terribly saddened by the loss of a dear colleague and close friend of over 50 years”.
“He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with. Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable.”
The first episode of The Goodies aired in 1970 and ran for 12 years. A mixture of sketches, situation comedy and slapstick made use of special effects such as speeded-up filming.
The often surreal show saw the three protagonists cycling around on a “trandem”, trying to do good deeds. Memorable episodes include Kitten Kong, featuring a giant feline toppling the Post Office Tower.
Brooke-Taylor specialised in a character wearing a Union Flag waistcoat, who would often pause the action to deliver patriotic words to a background of Land of Hope and Glory.
The series spawned an unlikely hit record, Funky Gibbon. The Goodies stars become household names in Australia and New Zealand, with shows attracting millions of TV viewers, and the trio visiting numerous times.
One of his biggest contributions to British comedy was co-writing and performing the famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch with John Cleese, Chapman and Marty Feldman, originally for the comedy programme At Last The 1948 Show! The sketch later became a popular fixture of Monty Python’s live shows, and was generally performed by Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
In 1971 he had a short role in the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where, in the closing sequence, he played a computer scientist.
Oddie also recalled some of the Goodies‘ sketches in his tribute tweet, adding: “No-one could wear silly costumes or do dangerous stunts like Tim. I know it hurt cos he used to cry a lot. Sorry Timbo.”
In 2011, Brooke-Taylor was appointed an OBE for his services to entertainment, joining Oddie and Garden in the same honour.