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The Seagoon Memoirs

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

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time capsule

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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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The Tragedy at Oxley Towers

The 14th episode of the Goon Show’s third series – ‘The Tragedy of Oxley Towers’ – was broadcast on 10 February 1953. The listing is...

Women in the Goon Show

The first Goon Show of 1953 was episode nine of the third series, broadcast on 6 January. Titled ‘The Navy, Army and Air Force’, it is in...

Mrs Dale's Diary

The eighth episode of the third series – ‘Where Does Santa Claus Go In The Summer?’ – was broadcast on 30 December 1952. The Radio Times...

Queen Goon

Goon fans will know the main cast as consisting of Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, and Peter Sellers for the majority of the run of the...

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