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The Seagoon Memoirs

Chronicling a 21st century idiot's obsession with a 1950s radio comedy masterpiece.

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UPDATE: JUNE 2024

I am in the process of transferring this blog to Substack. You'll find me at theseagoonmemoirs.substack.com, where you can read for free and sign up to receive new posts (twice a week) direct to your email.

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On 28 May 1951, four young men took to the airwaves on the BBC's Home Service to launch their unique brand of comedy on an unsuspecting world.


In the mid-1990s, an even younger idiot was introduced to recordings of their broadcasts - and there began a strange obsession crossing decades and generations.

The Seagoon Memoirs is an attempt to channel this obsession into something creative, chronicle the show's history, development and legacy, and in some small way contribute to preserving this masterpiece of British radio comedy.

Listen to me waffle on about the Goons on the excellent Goon Pod here. Alternatively, listen to more interesting people on other episodes of Goon Pod, including Jane Milligan, Al Murray, Dirk Maggs, and the cast of 'Spike!', the new Milligan/Goon-themed play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

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March in Goonland

Orme Court update - Michael Bentine - Griff Rhys Jones on Goon Pod - Hancock's Half Hour - Spike Down Under - Angela Morley - An Album...

The Man Who Never Was

April the first, 1944. For the Allies, the first hope of victory was almost in sight. North Africa has been won with the aid of Lance...

My boots have exploded!

Greenslade: We present the awesome, fearful and, on the admission of the authors, incomprehensible story of... Milligan: Scradje! The...

2023 in Goonland (so far)

Metal underwear up for sale – Spike in Stroud – Seagoon Down Under – Bentine in Watford – A Sellers movie revived – Sabrina! – Raquel...

Put down that sake

At 8:30pm on Tuesday 6 March 1956, the Goons told the story of ‘The Fear of Wages’ – an episode that Spike Milligan later named as his...

November in Goonland

This is a new idea - a monthly summary of Goon-related activity I've come across on the interwebs. Let me know in the comments below if...

The Treasure in the Lake

Episode 24 of the sixth series of the Goon Show was broadcast on 28 February 1956. The listing is in the significantly abridged...

Eccles the Poodle

There are many curious things I've stumbled upon during my research for this blog, but this probably tops them all. It's true. In an...

Changes afoot

‘Tales of Old Dartmoor’, the 21st episode of the Goon Show’s sixth series, was also Peter Eton’s last as producer – at least for now....

Tales of Old Dartmoor

Sellers: What is a jail break? Milligan: Answer – a brake used for stopping jails! [FX: Pistol shot] Time to turn our attentions to one...

The Golden-Voiced Goon

On this day in 1955, mayhem came to Morecambe... Harry Secombe headlined a show at Morecambe's Winter Gardens, billed as "The...

Baffling the journalists

We’re rapidly approaching the 71st anniversary of the first Crazy People broadcast, on 28 May 1951. As the Goons and producer Dennis Main...

Happy birthday KOGVOS

On this day in 1916, Jimmy Grafton was born. During the war he was a major in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, and was...

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