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The Seagoon Memoirs

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

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A digital
time capsule

Welcome, dear reader - pull up a bollard.

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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Justin Eidelburger

Episode three of the fourth series was broadcast on 16 October 1953, as per page 42 of the Radio Times. It was entitled, rather...

The Starlings

Ladies and gentlemen, we present a radio programme in English. From time to time actors will be heard. The author has fled the country....

Your turn in the barrel!

Episode 19 of the third series – broadcast on 17 March 1953 – saw the Goons attempt to answer the question ‘Where Do Socks Come From?’....

Hugh Jampton

Episode 11 of series two was launched into the world on 8 April 1952. Find it on page 22 of the Radio Times here. Presenting to you,...

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