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Conservation honour for Oddie
Bill Oddie
Oddie collected birds' eggs as a child but corrected his ways
A birdwatching hobby has led Bill Oddie to be honoured with an OBE for his services to conservation.

Oddie - who first found fame as one of the three offbeat brains behind 1970s TV comedy The Goodies - has since become one of the UK's best loved wildlife broadcasters.

The 61-year-old, who was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, initially collected birds' eggs as a child, but grew to love birds after correcting the error.

His award comes after Oddie recently fronted the week-long broadcast Wild in Your Garden for the BBC.

Originally born in Sparth Bottoms Road, Rochdale, he was brought up largely by his father after his mother left, and later moved to the West Midlands.

Giant kitten

A contemporary of fellow Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor and John Cleese, at Cambridge University, he became a member of the world-famous Footlights comedy group.

His musical abilities helped him to lampoon pop songs and after touring the US he was signed up as a scriptwriter for That Was The Week That Was.

Highlights from The Goodies included a giant kitten scaling the Post Office Tower and a bun fight at the "OK tearooms".

But a rumoured movie failed to come to fruition and budget constraints led the programme to move to ITV, but the show was dropped after one series.

Oddie said previously: "The Goodies was great fun, but people have had a preconceived idea about what I can do ever since.

"I've been regarded as almost a cartoon figure because of it."





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