They might've been English (very English) but a generation of Australians grew up with The Goodies.
And they'll be mourning the death of Tim Brooke-Taylor overnight. The 79-year-old died his agent said "from COVID-19".
Between 1970 and 1982, three comedians - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie - wrote and starred in The Goodies.
They met as undergraduates at Cambridge University.
In Australia, The Goodies owned the 6pm slot on ABC-TV for many years. And as it was considered a children's timeslot, portions of the show often needed editing.
Mention Kitten Kong, Radio Goodies, Goodies and the Beanstalk and String and Aussies of a certain age will smile wryly.
Just heard the devastating news of the death of Tim Brooke-Taylor. A hero for as long as I can remember, and –on a few golden occasions – a colleague and collaborator on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Gentle, kind, funny, wise, warm, but piercingly witty when he chose to be. So sad— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 12, 2020
Tim Brooke-Taylor's friends and colleagues led the tributes overnight, as expected.
Fellow Goodie Graeme Garden said: "I am terribly saddened by the loss of a dear colleague and close friend of over 50 years.
"Tim and I met at Cambridge University in the early 1960s and have enjoyed working together almost constantly from that time onwards, on radio, stage, and TV.
"He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with.
"Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable."
I was obsessed with ‘The Goodies’ as a child, the first comedy show I really loved. I queued up to get the Goodies’ autographs as a grown-up, and got to meet Tim Brooke-Taylor more recently at a party. I was in total awe, but he was so kind & generous. It is so sad he is gone. pic.twitter.com/wxyGpJoyIU— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) April 12, 2020
The trio specialised in silliness - from sketches to slapstick and songs.
Their song Funky Gibbon even became a UK top 10 chart hit in 1975.