top of page
pexels-gratisography-4624 (1).jpg

The Seagoon Memoirs

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

Home: Welcome

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.

Home: Text

The Goons Hit Wales

A (slightly belated) happy St David’s Day to Welsh listeners. On this day in 1956, a short Goon Show episode themed around Wales –...

Operation Christmas Duff

“This is a story of a great endeavour. A story of land, sea and air. And in some cases, both.” It’s a well-known comedic fact that...

The Last Goon Show of All

On this day in 1972, the BBC broadcast a one-off special in celebration of the corporation’s 50th anniversary. ‘The Last Goon Show Of...

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....

Coronation Edition

Today I’m taking the first of several detours from the chronological order of this blog to acknowledge an anniversary. On this day in...

Home: Blog2
bottom of page