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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.

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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Archaelogist Spike

Grytpype: Listen to this nine o'clock type news. Greenslade: American archaeologists digging at Stonehenge have discovered the skeleton...

Oh In Colour

For the first Goon Show episode of 1954 – and the 14th of the fourth series – the Goons went ‘Ten Thousand Fathoms Down in a Wardrobe’....

Spike’s poetry

English schoolchildren for generations were expected to learn certain “classic” poems and be able to recite them from memory. This was...

Spike's memoirs

Bloodnok: Waiter! One brandy, and pronto! Spriggs: One brandy and pronto coming up! Greenslade: Those were the last words said at peace....

Milligan and mental health

The fifth episode of the third series was broadcast on 9 December 1952, and saw the Goons embark on ‘The Expedition for Toothpaste’. The...

Puckoon

Episode 24 of the second series of the Goon Show was piped into listeners’ ears on 8 July 1952. Page 22 of the Radio Times has the proof....

Shut up, Eccles!

In the beginning God created the Heaven and Earth and darkness was upon the face of the deep; this was due to a malfunction at Lots Road...

Happy birthday Spike!

It's Spike Milligan's 103rd birthday today. A happy birthday and custard. Here's a nice article by Michael Palin written for the Radio...

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