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The Seagoon Memoirs

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

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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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Christmas 1953

The Christmas period of 1953 was a busy one for the Goons and their associates, as a thumb through the Radio Times listings will show....

Mixed up Eccleses

And lo, December is upon us. Which can only mean one thing: carol singers. (Carol Singers? Gad, how I love that woman!) As featured in...

Minnie Bannister

We’re on to episode eight of the fourth series. On 20 November 1953 ‘The Missing Bureaucrat’ was broadcast – as can be clearly seen on...

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...

Centenarian Seagoon

Yesterday's post was the 100th blog published to The Seagoon Memoirs. I don't really know whether to be proud or to worry for my own...

Enter Bluebottle!

Episode 12 of the second series was broadcast on 15 April 1952 at 9:30pm on the Home Service. The Radio Times listing is here. A genuine...

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,...

Shut up, Eccles!

In the beginning God created the Heaven and Earth and darkness was upon the face of the deep; this was due to a malfunction at Lots Road...

The characters - part 2

Here's the rest of the rag-tag bunch of regular characters. See yesterday's post for part 1. Major Denis Bloodnok (Peter Sellers) All...

The characters - part 1

For those less familiar with the voices on the Goon Show, here’s a quick rundown of which idiot is which. I’ll delve a bit more into some...

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