Twice a Fortnight (1967)

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A spin-off of the enormously successful British radio sketch series I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, BBC1's Twice a Fortnight was the first major TV effort of "the Goodies," aka Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, and Tim Brooke-Taylor. While all three funsters appeared on camera, only Garden and Oddie were credited as writers. The series' ten half-hour episodes also featured the talents of BBC newsreader Ron Fletcher, whose function was to provide a deadpan contrast to the zany goings-on à la Gary Owens on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; in addition, Britain's biggest rock stars, including the Who and Cream, made guest appearances. Rounding out the hilarity was a smattering of filmed sketches, written by and starring future "Monty Pythonite" Michael Palin (previously published reports that Palin's writing partner Terry Jones also appeared are apparently erroneous). Twice a Fortnight originally aired from October 21 to December 23, 1967.