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The Seagoon Memoirs

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

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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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March in Goonland

Orme Court update - Michael Bentine - Griff Rhys Jones on Goon Pod - Hancock's Half Hour - Spike Down Under - Angela Morley - An Album...

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...


Exactly 21 years ago (well, give or take a day) the BBC broadcast the first episode of Gormenghast, a four-part TV adaptation of Mervyn...

Documenting Spike

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. What better way to soothe that Hogmanay hangover than with some documentaries about our beloved...

Interviewing Spike

In case this headline is misleading, no I have never interviewed Spike. I was about 15 when he died, and I'm not sure he would have had...

The Six-Five Special

On this day in 1957, viewers of BBC television were treated to an episode of the Beeb’s new rock ‘n’ roll programme, Six-Five Special....

Spike and Eric

Eric Sykes first met Spike Milligan briefly at the Grafton Arms, where everybody in entertainment met, seemingly. However, it wasn’t...

'Lo, he cometh to us!'

On this day in 1979, Monty Python's cult film Life of Brian premiered in the UK. There was a huge amount of ridiculous controversy about...

More YouTube gems

For your viewing pleasure, An Evening With Spike Milligan. And as if that wasn't enough, here's a tribute to his regular co-writer, the...

Going out with a mountain?

Some Goon music today. October 1961 saw the release of Milligan Preserved, a collection of songs and sketches that included a version of...

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