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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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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...

My Wildest Dream

The same week as the third episode of the Goon Show’s sixth series aired (see ‘The Last Emperor’), producer Peter Eton roped in Harry...

Third Division debuts

The issue of the Radio Times published on this day in 1949 carried a preview of a new series of shows on the BBC's Third Programme. No...

The Moon-Faced Goon

Readers of the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – I must admit that my subscription has lapsed – were treated to this article...

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...

The Singing Shaver

Episode six of the second series was broadcast on 4 March 1952 and can observed lying in wait on page 26 of that week’s issue of the...

Sir Harry Secombe

Today we look into the origin story of one Neddie Seagoon. Born in Swansea in 1921, Secombe wasn’t a natural performer at first. He...

Ned of Wales

The second episode of the second series of the Goon Show was broadcast on 29 January 1952 at 9:30pm on the BBC Home Service. Don't...

Pickwick

Turn to page 32 of the 24 August 1951 bumper edition of the Radio Times to spot the 14th episode of the first series lurking at 8pm on 30...

Thank you, Arnold Fringe

On this day in 1951, a large advert appeared on page 3 of The Stage. 'Arnold Fringe' was a pseudonym used occasionally by several of the...

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