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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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The Saga of HMS Aldgate

The fourth episode of series three, ‘The Saga of HMS Aldgate’, was broadcast 2 December 1952. The Radio Times listing is here. There was...

Exit Bentine

‘I Was A Male Fan Dancer’, the third episode of the third series of the Goon Show, was broadcast on 25 November 1952. It can be found on...

The Egg of the Great Auk

Series 3, episode 2 – ‘The Egg of the Great Auk’ – was broadcast on 18 November 1952 at 9:30pm on the Home Service. Proof, if proof is...

'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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