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The Seagoon Memoirs

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

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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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Both Sides of the Microphone

The year is 1952. While television is quickly gaining in popularity, radio is still the main broadcast medium – reflected in the title of...

Problematic synopses

As the Goon Show’s popularity increased, the Radio Times decided to publish episode synopses and character/cast lists along with each...

Those Studio Audiences

When writing about The Starlings and The Reason Why, the two non-Goon-Show Goon Shows recorded without an audience, I stated that both...

Cover stars

For those of you listening in 1957, here is a sneak peek at tomorrow’s Radio Times front cover: A better quality version is available on...

Front page news

We interrupt Series 5 temporarily to bring the front cover of the Radio Times from this week in 1958. As you can see below, it features...

The Radio Times never lies!

A couple of articles from the Radio Times today. Tomorrow we’ll be looking at the first episode of the fifth series – ‘The Whistling Spy...

Danger! Goons at Play

On this day in 1955, the Radio Times hit the newsstands with a lengthy article on the Goons by writer Richard Bennett. Headlined 'Danger!...

'Three Men In A Whirl'

On 11 November 1952, the third series of The Goon Show began. As was customary for the start of a new series, the Radio Times ran an...

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