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Goodness Gracious Me (TV & radio)

Goodness Gracious Me is a BBC sketch comedy show starring four British Asian actors. It was originally made for BBC Radio 4 (1996-1998), and subsequently televised for BBC Two (1998-2001).

All of the following references are from the television series.

Mr "Check Please"Edit

Series OneEdit

Episode OneEdit

Man: Why don't we skip dessert and get outta here?
Woman: Why? What have you got in mind?
Man: Nothing. It's just that you're already quite fat, innit!

Episode ThreeEdit

Salesman: A rose for the woman you love?
Man: Ah, that's a good idea. [to his date] 'Cos I'm seeing her after I drop you off, innit!

Man: It's appalling that women are under all that pressure to be thin, to do their hair, to have the right nose and that.
Woman: Oh, absolutely. I agree.
Man: That's what's so great about you. You make no effort at all!

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

Man: Your parents must be very beautiful people.
Woman: Aww.
Man: 'Cos it often skips a generation, innit!

Woman: [to the waiter] I'd like a 12-inch spicy hot one, please.
Man: [terrified] Check, please!

Series ThreeEdit

Episode OneEdit

Woman: If you were an animal, what sort of animal would you be?
Man: Er, I'd be a tiger. Rrrr!
Woman: What about me?
Man: Ah, you'd be a bird of paradise.
Woman: Aww. Why's that?
Man: 'Cos you've got a hooky nose like a beak, and your voice is all screechy: "Aar! Aar!" And you've got feathery stuff on your lip, and then your feet are like this [makes claw shapes with hands], and then you've got a wobbly fat arse and…[notices his date has gone] check, please!

Man: I'd really, really love it if you'd come back to my place.
Woman: And what's the magic word?
Man: Twenty quid! [she gets up to leave] Thirty? Forty? Forty-f…check, please!

Episode ThreeEdit

Man: I know it's really old-fashioned, but I think it's really important to get to know a girl's family and that when you're starting a relationship.
Woman: Aww, that's so sweet!
Man: Yeah. That's why I'm sleeping with your sister, innit!

Episode FiveEdit

Woman: So, what's your idea of the perfect date?
Man: Ah. Imagine walking hand-in-hand down a deserted tropical beach. The sun is setting in the horizon, and as we sit on the warm sand we let the waves lap over our bare feet.
Woman: Wow! I can almost feel it.
Man: Eh? Well, you're not there, innit!

Man: I just wanna say those three little words: you're too fat!

Guru Maharishi YogiEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode OneEdit

Guru: Many people in the west think that in my country (India), because of our religions, because of our history, because of I don't know what, somehow we are more in tune with our spirituality, more at one with the forces of Nature. Well, we are! So well done, all those people who said that!

A house call

Guru: Hello. I'd like to talk to you about Krishna.
Woman on doorstep: Oh yes?
Guru: Have you ever thought of becoming a Hindu?
Woman: Well, actually, it's something I've always wanted to do.
Guru: Well, you can't! Sorry. Have a nice day.

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

Three gurus in conversation

First Guru: And thus it was Shiva, in the heart of the demon's lair, with his celestial weapons.
Second Guru: With due respect, you are wrong. It was Narasimha, incarnation of Vishnu, in the palace of the evil Rakshas, with his bare hands!
Third Guru: No. It was Professor Plum, in the library, with the candlestick! I win! Go on, my son!

Series ThreeEdit

Episode FourEdit

Advice for the England football team

Guru: Meditation, meditation. Everybody go: om…om…football's coming om…

Episode SixEdit

A new range of products for spiritual fulfilment

Guru: You see, it is very important for your soul to be clean, for your spirit to be pure, for your chakras to be whiter than white with a meadowy freshness. Use Omo; it's biological! [smells his sleeve] Heavenly! Also Ashram toothpaste: it's transcen-dental! [ting] And finally, Reincarnation pour l'Homme. [sprays a few puffs] "Mmm. I'll be back!" All these products are available on my website: www.gurumaharishi.yogi.om.

The Coopers and RobinsonsEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode OneEdit

St John: Been following the cricket?
Dennis: Oh, shocking! We haven't been playing too well at all.
St John: Well, you know, the cricketing world looks upon us as a developing nation.
Dennis: Of course they do. But the Indians have been playing very well.

Charlotte: So, Vanessa, I hear you're something of a wiz in the kitchen. Is that one of your famous curries I smell cooking?
Vanessa: No, it's roast lamb, roast potatoes, roast vegetables and roast gravy, actually!

Suddenly, a brick comes flying through the window, startling everyone

Dennis: Oh tuhadi rab day vastay! Aah ki hoya?
Vanessa: I beg your pardon?
Dennis: Oh, my God.

Episode FiveEdit

The Coopers' barbecue

Charlotte: I believe that mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. And after all, my husband is an Englishman.
Vanessa: Which must make you the mad...
St John: [interrupts] Another jug of Pimm's, darling?

Series TwoEdit

Episode FourEdit

Golf, and Dennis has not quite worked out what bunkers are for

Man: Are any of you lot called Dennis Cooper?
Dennis: Yes. How do you know?
Man: Because you've written your name in the sand!

Episode SixEdit

Visiting the Robinsons' stately home

Butler: May I take your hat, sir?
Dennis: No, get your own!

St John: Notice the sixteenth-century floorboards, laid down in 1348 by Edward XXII.
Charlotte: Yes. The plastic hallway matting complements them perfectly.

Charlotte: I say, Dennis, this fox-hunting's a bloody good lark, what?
Dennis: Yes, but I keep falling off mine!

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

Charlotte: Well, we love our traditional English Christmases. Yes, James Bond, the Queen's speech, the smell of nuts roasting on an open fire.
Dennis: Oh, so sorry! Must've been standing too close to the oven!

Series ThreeEdit

Episode OneEdit

Sunday morning at church

St John: Haven't you read your King James Bible?
Dennis: Of course, of course. Nearly finished it, but don't tell me what happens in the end!

Vicar: Hello, there.
Dennis: Hello, my old chappie. Dennis Cooper. Table for four, please!
Charlotte: Yes, please. Not too near the band.

Communion

Vicar: Blood of Christ.
St John: No, no, no. I'm driving.

Charlotte: Haven't you got any vol-au-vents?
Vicar: This is not an hors d'œuvre; this is the body of Christ.
Charlotte: Er, I think I'll wait for the main course then, thanks!

Episode ThreeEdit

At the airport

Vanessa: So, what are you fellows up to?
Dennis: I'm waiting for my mamaji and papaji…oh, tuhadi!
Charlotte: He means his mater and pater.
Dennis: Of course. Maker, paper.

Episode FiveEdit

In the local pub

Vanessa: Well, I must say I'm very surprised to see people like you in the pub.
Charlotte: What do you mean by "people like us"?
Vanessa: Well, it is a peculiarly British habit, is it not?
Charlotte: Yes, and we are peculiarly British.
Dennis: Uh-huh. We're as peculiar as they come.

Episode SixEdit

A song for Eurovision

Charlotte: I choose Britannia when I fly.
Vanessa: Puppies and the Queen Mum make me cry.
St John: I'm upper class 'cos I'm rich and fair.
Dennis: And I wear ladies' underwear!

Mrs "I can make it at home for nothing!"Edit

Series TwoEdit

Episode SixEdit

Life as a student

Mother: Look, I'm a student. I'm balancing a traffic cone on my head.
Son: That's not a traffic cone; it's a small aubergine.
Mother: Aubergine, traffic cone. I'm too drunk to tell the difference!

The Competitive MothersEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode FourEdit

One of the mothers is proud that her son is a successful pimp with a conviction

Not just prison; Parkhurst. My son has won a place at Parkhurst!

Series TwoEdit

Episode OneEdit

My son is so fertile that he doesn't have to be at home to impregnate his wife; he can do it from the office by e-mail.

Series ThreeEdit

Episode OneEdit

So I hear your son is spending Divali at his house instead of visiting you. Very "modern".
No, no, no, no. You know, you really shouldn't listen to all the gossip you hear…down the docks. My son has a life of his own, you know.
Well, my son also has a wife and a family of his own, but he just prefers to spend the day with me.
Hmm, how very Oedipal of him.
Yes, my son is very Oedipal. In fact, he's much more Oedipal than your son!

Episode ThreeEdit

I just hear that your son is living with his "girlfriend".
I'm surprised the news is being discussed down at the dog track.
Hmm, so, living with a woman and not married? Funny, I don't remember anything in the Gita about that one. Very New Labour. Very anti-fox-hunting.
Your information is incorrect, as per usual. My son is not living with his girlfriend; he is living with several girlfriends. My son is a stud!

Episode SixEdit

Nightfall, and stranded by a breakdown, they wait endlessly for one of their sons to pick them up

So, your son hates you so much that he's leaving you to die of exposure?
No. My son knows how much I hate you, so he's letting you die of exposure in order to make me happy!
Well, my son is making me very happy by ensuring that you die a very horrible and slow and painful death, your breath freezing in your lungs until they are nothing but two useless…blocks of…ice!
My son will take great pleasure in knowing that bits of you will freeze solid and turn gangrenous and drop off, like leaves from a…overweight, badly-dressed tree!

Mr Everything Comes from IndiaEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode FiveEdit

The son refuses to accept that all haircare products are Indian

Father: What do you know? You think all we had in India was partition? Not true; we also had side-partition…

Episode SixEdit

Son: Don't tell me Shakespeare was Indian!
Father: Is the Pope Punjabi?

Series TwoEdit

Episode TwoEdit

The British Royal Family is Indian

Father: They all live in the same family house together – Indian. All work in the family business – Indian. All have arranged marriages – Indian. They all have sons; daughters no good – Indian. Children live with their parents until they are married – Indian!

Father: They're all Indian! All except Prince Charles... He's African.
Son: What?
Father: If he was Indian, he'd have smaller ears!

Episode ThreeEdit

Son: Superman's my favourite superhero.
Father: Ah, well I can understand that. He's so brave, so strong…so Indian.
Son: What?!
Father: Superman: Indian.
Son: No!
Father: Uh-huh. Come on, you've seen the film. He runs faster than a speeding train. There's only one country where you can run faster than the trains!

Father: Think about it, yar! He's got two jobs – Indian. Never takes a day off work – Indian. And how does he get around? Cheap flights!

Episode FiveEdit

John Travolta is Indian

Father: Check him out in Saturday Night Fever: white suit, kipper tie, big flares. You can tell by the way he used his walk; he's a Hindi man, no time to talk!

Burying the family pet

Father: And so we commit brave little Geoffrey to the place where all the little hamsters go when they die.
Daughter: Is that Heaven, Daddy?
Father: No! India!

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

Father Christmas is Indian

Think about it, yar! Big beard, huge belly, terrible suit – Indian!

Christmas carols for his daughter

Ranjit the Red-nosed Reindeer had a very shiny naak,
And all the little pixies had to clean up the muck!
Santa shat in the chimney, really blocked up the flue,
And the following Christmas, the whole family turned Hindu!

O little town of Bangalore, how still we see thee lie…

Deck the halls with bowls of chutney, fa-la-la-la-la…

We three Singhs of Orient are…

Series ThreeEdit

Episode TwoEdit

The Mona Lisa is Indian

Son: No, Dad, not the Mona Lisa! She was an Italian noblewoman from the sixteenth century.
Father: Son, this is Mina Losa, a Gujarati washerwoman from Bhavnagar!

Son: Why would Leonardo da Vinci go all the way to Bhavnagar to paint someone?
Father: Because it's quite near where he lived.
Son: Florence?
Father: Faridabad!

So is The Last Supper

Father: Twelve men sitting around a table for dinner. Where are the women? They're in the kitchen!

In fact, all great artists are Indian, including Picasso

Father: You've seen his portraits: a nose here, an ear there. Go to Delhi and look at the beggars; they look exactly the same!

Episode ThreeEdit

The son has decided to become a Christian, which is fine because Jesus was Indian

Father: He is as Indian as they come. He works for His Father – Indian. Parents have children without having sex – Indian. Fed five thousand people with two loaves and five fishes – Indian picnic!

Everyone else in the Bible is also Indian

Father: Moses: the people came unto him with their suffering. He went up the mountain, and came back with two tablets, because he was a pharmacist! Noah: came from a land where it rained for forty days and forty nights – he was Bengali! Walls of Jericho: walk around it seven times, blow a trumpet, the whole thing falls down – Indian builders.

Well, all except one: God

Father: In six days, He created the Heaven and the Earth and everything upon it, and on the seventh day He rested. What kind of Indian doesn't work Sundays?!

Father: And was Jerusalem builded here, on Jalandhar's brown, unpleasant land?

The BhangramuffinsEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode ThreeEdit

The possibilities of travelling in Europe by Eurostar

Just think of all the places you can get to now with the utmost MASSIVE convenience, innit!
Paris!
Brussels!
…Paris!
Anywhere in Europe, man. Turkey, Poland, NetherlandDisneyland.
Hold on, man. Turkey's in Asia, man.
Nah, man. You're thinking of Bangladesh, innit.

Episode FourEdit

The problems of overeducation amongst Asian schoolchildren

So, what was the last book you read, man?
The one about that African leader and his struggle to achieve power for his people. What’s that geezer’s name? Tall, grey…
Nelson Mandela.
…trunk…Babar the Elephant, man!
You mean to say you haven't read a book since you were six?!
That is my point, man. I don't need to read anything. I am an Asian academic over-achiever; I already know too much!

Episode SixEdit

The Hindu cycle of reincarnation

It's like being re-released in a new format.
Ah, I know where you're coming from. Say I'm, like, a 12" jungle track, right, on fire, right, spinning on the eternal wheels of steel…
Yeah, yeah. Then the gods, right, they check your mix, and if they find it holy and MASSIVE, right, they re-release you as the…
Both: CD! Woah!
What happens if they don't like jungle, man?
Man, then you come back as Peter André tape in a car boot sale in Forest Gate!

Series TwoEdit

Episode OneEdit

The global population of Asians is increasing

Why's that, man?
Because everybody's been cross-breeding with each other, innit!
Not with us they ain't, man.

Soon everyone will be brown, because of interracial mixing

Oh, that's gonna be a MASSIVE problem, man!
What are you chattin' about now?
If everyone in the world is Asian, who can I smoke in front of without my Mum finding out?!

But there are positive aspects

For example, all shops will be permanently open. And you won't have to spend ages waiting for a doctor, 'cos you'll probably be one!

Episode TwoEdit

Why are there never more than five Asians at a football match?

If you go to football every Saturday, who's gonna look after the shop?

Why does India not have a football team?

Because of the ball, innit. Man, it's made of leather, right. So your Hindu football team consists of eleven blokes trying not to touch the ball!

Episode ThreeEdit

There are already genetic mutations walking the earth

The mule: part horse, part donkey. The husky: part wolf, part dog.
Uncle Davinder!
What?
Part newsagent, part minicab driver!

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

There is no shame in playing the wise men in a Nativity play

The Three Wise Men came from the East, right?
Right.
Wore turbans, right?
Right.
They was Punjabi!
What?
They came from Jalandhar, man!

How d'you figure that one out?
Check this, man: three strange geezers turn up at a kiddie's party with no invitation. They bring along crappy presents like gold, frankincense and myrrh. What's a little baby gonna do with that?!
Just because they got crappy presents don't mean nothing, man!
Alright. What presents d'you get last year?
Er, well, I got a three-piece suit made out of mirrors, I got a blessing from a holy man who looked like Don King, and a tank top with leg holes!
And who gave you them presents?
My uncle Pritam.
And where's he from?
Jalandhar…Oh, my God!

Series ThreeEdit

Episode FourEdit

Why are we meeting in the pub, man?
'Cos this is it, man. We're finally fifteen: the age at which you're legally tall enough to order your first underage drink, innit!
Fierce, man!
Well, go on, then.
Er, I'll have a lemonade, man!

Episode FiveEdit

The Bhangramuffins are hoping to become contestants on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? They have been on hold for one and a half weeks already

So, what would you do with a million pound?
Pay my phone bill, innit! But if you had a million pound, right, you could live off the interest!
Woah! What interest?
The interest you get from the ras malai when they find out you got a million pounds!

Episode SixEdit

The internet café

I'm talkin' about travellin' without movin'.
Oh. So are we gonna get one of Uncle Davinder's cabs?

Computers are for nerds, man.
Yeah, man, but some of those nerds sitting in their bedrooms alone, tapping into the night, have turned their hobbies into billion-pound businesses, innit!
I can't see no one payin' you no billion pounds for your lonely bedroom hobby!

Uncle FixerEdit

Series ThreeEdit

Episode FourEdit

How to deal with a bank robbery

Uncle, I was desperate. I needed the money!
Well, if you wanted to turn to petty crime, why didn't you come to me? [points at stocking disguise] I can get you cheaper, [points at hoodie] I can get you cheaper, [points at gun] I can get you cheaper!
No, Uncle!
I do it for you. It is my pleasure.
No!
Now, beta, don't insult me; just give me the gun.
Uncle! Uncle!
DON'T INSULT ME! [wrests the gun out of his hand] Thank you. [turns to other customers] Right. Any of you PRICKS move, I'm going to execute every last motherf***ing one of you!

Malkit XEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode FourEdit

The boss phones to find out why his employee has not come in to work

Malkit: This isn't about work, is it? This is about the colour of my skin! You're picking on me 'cos I'm Asian, you racist bastard! I bet you're not ringing up all your white employees and hurling racial abuse at them, are you?!
Boss: This is the third time this week, Malkit. I can't let you keep doing this!
Malkit: Ooh, and what are you gonna do? Sack me? You'd love that, wouldn't you. You'd love to throw me on the scrapheap, another disillusioned ethnic youth, no job, no hope, marginalised by white society and forced to rot in urban squalor. Is that what you want? 'Cos that's what'll happen! Eh?
Boss: Alright, Malkit. I'm sorry. Take the rest of today off.
Malkit: Good. Thanks. And can I borrow the car, please, Dad?

Series ThreeEdit

Episode SixEdit

Why is there no Sikh fire brigade?

Telephone operator: Our regulations state that all our firefighters must wear a helmet, for their own protection.
Malkit: This is a black thing, innit?!
Operator: What?
Malkit: Turbans were good enough for my forefathers, to protect their countrymen from the marauding Moguls. Why aren't they good enough for firemen, eh?
Operator: Because they're flammable!
Malkit: Well, if you think that I'm gonna help you discriminate against my Sikh brothers, then you are sorely mistaken. Sat Sri Akaal! [hangs up, notices smoke creeping under bedroom door, and dials again] Hello? Yeah, I'd like the Punjabi ambulance service, please!

The Delhi StudentsEdit

Series TwoEdit

Episode TwoEdit

Great Train Journeys of the World: Fenchurch Street to Southend

The people here believe the tree to be sacred, so that even if one leaf falls onto the track, the whole line is immediately shut down.

Series ThreeEdit

Episode ThreeEdit

The students have all graduated

I'm an accountant waiting to start work in my father's business.
I'm a lawyer waiting to start work in my father's business.
I'm a structural engineer, waiting to start work in my father's business.
I failed all my papers. I'm going into politics!

VariousEdit

Series OneEdit

Episode OneEdit

A group of young people in Mumbai are out for the evening, at an English restaurant

Sanjeev: First up we'll have ten…no twelve BREAD ROLLS. And bring some of that fancy stuff…ah, butter, yeah!

Episode TwoEdit

The Six Million Rupee Man has successfully bought some sugar

Sanjeev: Where are those little plastic stirrers we used to have?
Oscar: You're standing on them, big guy.
Sanjeev: You mean they're under my feet.
Oscar: No. We made your legs out of them.

An Indian couple have just discovered that their son is homosexual

Son: I'm gay, OK?
Simon: And so am I.
Father: What, BOTH of you?!
Mother: Oh, my God! My son is a lesbian!
Father: You go to your room, and don't come back until you're not of the gay!

Episode FiveEdit

A Muslim couple are trying to cope with the news that their son has converted to Judaism

Son: I thought you'd be pleased to see me happy through spirituality, unlike most young men of my generation, who find happiness through pornography and drugs…which I'd be tempted to use had we not been related to every pharmacist and newsagent from here to Nuremberg!

Christmas Special (1998)Edit

Welcome to the Women of Colour Shanti Azadi Drop-in Lounge

Woman: My husband's after me!
Jacinta: Yes, I might have guessed. Is he stifling you with his phallocentric, patriarchal hate crimes?
Woman: No, he chased me out of the house with a big knife! Now, come on! He's coming this way!
Jacinta: OK, just pull up a bean bag and we'll take a few details.
Woman: But he'll be here any second!
Jacinta: [smiling broadly] Hmm, and in Indian time that's about half an hour, isn't it, sister?

Series ThreeEdit

Episode OneEdit

An Englishman is breaking up with his Asian girlfriend, because her nationality is no longer fashionable

Woman: My parents are gonna be devastated! I mean, how could you do this to them?
Man: I know, I know, and I love your Mum and Dad. I mean, they went perfectly with my Rajasthani coffee table.

The Great Escape parody sketch
Everyone will be going on the escape disguised as German soldiers

Ginger: What about…? [nods towards Asian soldiers]
Captain: That's a good point, Ginger. Now listen: you chaps will have to be from East Germany. Very East Germany.

Boarding the bus to freedom

Gestapo official: Wohin fahren Sie?
British Asian soldier: Stuttgart.
Official: Danke. [as soldier boards the bus] Good luck!
Soldier: Shukriya. [realises, then runs]

Episode FourEdit

The Sindi Dolls are comparing engagement rings

And that's my engagement ring from Ravi Rao!
Oh. But I've got an engagement ring from Ravi Rao.
Goddammit, bullshit to hell, yah! Well, one of us is going to have to give it back!
Why?

The AGM of an international terrorist organisation

The Sikhs take days off for Guru Nanak's birthday, Guru Gobind Singh's birthday – fair enough. But Guru Guru Barney McGuru Cuthbert Dibble Grub's birthday is going too far! You Hindus: how many gods do you have? Krishna, Lakshmi I've heard of, but Bunty? Apache? Which gods are these? The Muslims have put down Eid, twice, and somebody has put down "Christmas Eid" and taken a day off! Ramadan, yes; Rama Lama Ding Dong, no! And you Jews: Yom Kippur, yes; Yam Halibut – what, are you taking the piss?!

If standards do not improve, and soon, you will end up like all the other failed terrorists: as traffic wardens!

External linksEdit

IMDb entry