Mr Flibble Talks To... Howard Goodall's Flibble Works
He's the man responsible for some of the catchiest TV theme tunes ever, and now the movies are beckoning. Mr Flibble whips out his organ and displays it for Red Dwarf's musical maestro.
2 February, 2001
Howard Goodall
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

Tell me about your TV shows...

Organ Works, Choir Works and Big Bangs. It all started in a fairly anorak-y way. I have presented, for quite a few years on the BBC, the Choir of The Year. And somebody said to me, 'Would you actually be interested in doing your own programme with your own script?' I said, 'The only thing I can think of would be a programme about organs.' Because I've always been slightly anorak-y about organs myself since I was a kid.

It's a rich area because it's quirky and off-beat, full of things that interest me - like history - and there's a rich, colourful arty side to it as well. It crosses all fields of music. It starts off in churches but ends up in jazz and rhythm and blues and hip hop. The organ has had an interesting ride through history.

Channel 4 were convinced by this idea and we did a small series about organs around the world. After that, the question was what to do next. It was quite nice because composing is a pretty solitary life. You block the world out while you're doing it. Whereas making programmes is highly gregarious; I get round and see and meet people. It's very inspiring. It's a very good mix of jobs. It's half one, half the other. Now if I do a year on a programme, I take a year composing. I try to keep it strictly separate.