FANS of the comedy sketch show, The Goodies, can see one of the stars being interviewed in Leyburn next month.

Oh Goody, An Evening with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Chris Serle is at the Garden Rooms, Tennants, on Thursday, June 6, at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to reveal the fascinating life story of this much-loved actor, who initially had not considered a career in TV.

He says: "At my school, they didn’t do any acting. I went to a very posh boarding school that specialised in Latin, my worst subject. They didn’t do any plays except in Greek. It was just the odd little bits there where I was doing silly conjuring things in front of friends."

Everything fell into place, however, when Tim arrived at Cambridge University’s Pembroke College, where he teamed up with Bill Oddie, who would eventually become a fellow Goody.

At that time, the comedy world was starting to shift. “I think it was a great time anyway because it was in the early 1960s when the whole world seemed to be changing,” he says. “Comedy could be much broader because people were seeing it on television.

“You didn’t have to stick to jokes about your mother-in-law. You could go off in all sorts of directions – satirical, as well as just stupidly funny. Certainly, in my case it was the people I was with who got me doing my best work. I would never have done it on my own.”

Initially, Tim worked on a programme called On The Braden Beat on ITV, then he went to America and started all over again. Meanwhile, the student revue he'd helped to produce while at university was picked up by the BBC and became I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again for a radio show. This planted the seed for the panel game favourite, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, in 1972, which is still going strong after more than 47 years. In between, Tim has worked with Monty Python’s John Cleese and the late Graham Chapman on the TV satire show, At Last The 1948 Show.

The sketch show, The Goodies, also starring Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, was again the result of Tim’s friendships and collaborations at Cambridge. Tim still appears on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, which is currently hosted by Jack Dee, despite declaring 'never again', after the first episode!

He will be interviewed by former BBC presenter Chris Serle, during which the audience will also learn things such as how he got a part in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, ended up directing Orson Welles in a film and even how he got expelled from the PNEU School in Buxton.

For tickets, visit or call 01969 621146.