Artworks inspired by a TV comedy classic

Artworks inspired by a TV comedy classic

Artist Jenny Doyle at the Jam Factory with her exhibition of paintings about The Goodies. Picture: OX56611 Jon Lewis

Jenny's painting of a Goodies-themed London Underground station

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A snow scene

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ONE woman’s love of wacky seventies TV comedy The Goodies is the centrepiece of a new exhibition.

Jenny Doyle, 26, has created acrylic and watercolour renditions of her favourite scenes and Goodies-inspired creations of her own.

The 26 paintings went on show at The Jam Factory in Hollybush Row yesterday in an exhibition due to run until March 19.

The Goodies was one of the most popular television comedy shows of the period and ran from 1970 to 1982.

It influenced a number of other British comedy shows with a surreal twist, including The Young Ones and Not the Nine O’Clock News.

The free exhibition has already won praise from ex-Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE, who was in the TV trio with Graeme Garden OBE and Bill Oddie OBE.

The slapdash humour is really funny, it’s something everyone can enjoy

Jenny Doyle

Miss Doyle said: “The slapdash humour is really funny, it’s something everyone can enjoy. There is still quite a big audience for The Goodies.

“Millions enjoy it and buy the DVDs and would like to see it repeated.”

 

Among the artistic renditions of classic scenes are the Ecky Thump black pudding fight and the Bunfight at the O.K. Tea Rooms. The Stockport artist has already held exhibitions in Bristol and East Grinstead, Sussex.

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She met her heroes in 2007 and said: “It was brilliant. It was such an amazing experience. They are great guys.”

This is the latest in a number of unusual arts exhibitions held at the Jam Factory, which opened in 2006.

JP Reid, arts development director at the venue, said: “We go for as much variety as possible here. We have some fine art, technical painting and, here, something a little bit off the wall.”

Mr Brooke-Taylor attended the East Grinstead show in 2011 and is a big fan of Miss Doyle’s work. In a statement, he said: “It’s like being there all over again, capturing the mood and complete zaniness of what went on.”

Mr Oddie, well known for his wildlife television programmes, and Mr Garden, a panellist on the long-running BBC Radio improvisation show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, were unavailable for comment last night.

The exhibition is in the Boiler Room Gallery at the venue, which is open daily.

FACTS ABOUT THE COMIC TRIO

  • Formed at Cambridge University’s Footlights performing arts society at the same time members of Monty Python came together.
  • Python member Michael Palin was offered a guest spot in 1980.
  • Rejected titles for the show included Superchaps Three.
  • The show was mostly broadcast on BBC Two but moved to ITV for its final series in 1982.
  • Episode Kitten Kong – about a pet centre for ‘loony’ animals – won the Silver Rose at the 1972 Montreux TV Festival. In a later episode, Tim Brooke-Taylor painted it gold.
  • Cameos included actor George Baker and astronomer Patrick Moore.
  • The group also recorded a number of successful songs. In 1975, they had five hit singles including Funky Gibbon.

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