Broaden Your Mind

Broaden Your Mind
Created by Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden
Bill Oddie
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Sydney Lotterby
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC 2 Colour
Original release 28 October 1968 – 29 December 1969

Broaden Your Mind (1968–1969) is a British television comedy series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, joined by Bill Oddie for the second series. Guest cast members included Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Jo Kendall, Roland MacLeod and Nicholas McArdle. It was one of BBC2's earliest programmes to be completely broadcast in colour, which had been introduced by the network a year earlier.

Directed by Jim Franklin, the series was a precursor to the television comedy series The Goodies (of which early titles under consideration included "Narrow Your Mind").

Writers for the series included Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Roland MacLeod, Marty Feldman, Barry Cryer, Barry Took, Jim Franklin, Simon Brett and Chris Stuart-Clark.

Broaden Your Mind was subtitled 'an encyclopaedia of the air' and consisted largely of short sketches. All of the programmes were wiped by the BBC after their first broadcast in 1968, and only a handful of brief filmed sequences survive. These were included, digitally restored, on Network DVDs 2003 release, The Goodies At Last. All of the programmes, however, survive as off-air audio recordings made by a fan at the time of original transmission.

Some Broaden Your Mind sketches appear on the Goodies DVD, including the Peelers sketch and "Ordinary Royal Family".

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