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Where can you listen to the Goon Show in the 21st century? Lots of places, it turns out.
Top of my list, before we get to the episodes themselves, has to be Goon Pod. It's a podcast hosted by Tyler Adams exploring the Goons, their legacy, related films, and pretty much anything related to Milligan, Sellers, Secombe et al.
Guests have included Jane Milligan (Spike's daughter), comedian Al Murray, legendary BBC producer Dirk Maggs, various comedians, writers, podcasters, and, er, me.
Follow the podcast on Twitter and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Do it! You won't regret it.
Spotify subscribers can access Goon Show episodes through several channels.
This one has 140 episodes across 14 volumes available. The quality varies, though, and one or two have chunks of episodes missing.
This channel has more of a mix of things. There are lots of songs and compilations featuring other contemporary comedians in musical mode, as well as more than 160 episodes (and multiple copies of some). Scroll through the random wrongly tagged stuff to the Goon gold.
The 'Old Radio Shows' podcast has a mix of all sorts of shows from the Goons' era, including I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, The Clitheroe Kid, Dad's Army, Life With The Lyons, The Navy Lark, Hancock's Half Hour, and many others.
The BBC's Radio Collection has 34 releases with four episodes each. These are the ones I'm familiar with, as the cassette versions of several were played regularly during my childhood. Many of the earlier ones are abridged or edited versions of shows, however, and it's not until you get to the compendiums (see below) that you find restored full versions.
Each collection is named after a catchphrase, quote, or episode.
'Moriarty, where are you?': featuring The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler - The Histories of Pliny the Elder - The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI - The Evils of Bushey Spon
'Enter Bluebottle': featuring Lurgi Strikes Britain - The International Christmas Pudding - Napoleon's Piano - The Flea
'I'm walking backwards for Christmas': featuring The Treasure of Loch Lomond - The Greenslade Story - Wings Over Dagenham - The Rent Collectors
'My knees have fallen off!': featuring The Man Who Never Was (series 8 version) - The Case of the Missing CD Plates - World War I - The Nasty Affair at the Buraimi Oasis
'And there's more where that came from!': featuring The Call of the West - The Last Smoking Seagoon - Nineteen-Eighty-Five (first version) - Shifting Sands
'Have a gorilla': featuring Rommel's Treasure - Ill Met By Goonlight - I Was Monty's Treble - The Seagoon Memoirs
'Ying tong iddle-i-po!': featuring The Whistling Spy Enigma - The Affair of the Lone Banana - The Great Tuscan Salami Scandal - Scradje
'You have deaded me again': featuring The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (Solved) - The Last Tram (from Clapham) - The Spanish Suitcase - The Greatest Mountain in the World
'What time is it, Eccles?': featuring Under Two Floorboards - The Sinking of Westminster Pier - Yehti - The Mysterious Punch-Up-The-Conker
'You can't get the wood, you know': featuring The White Box of Great Bardfield - Tales of Montmartre - The Great Bank Robbery - The Mystery of the Fake Neddie Seagoons
'He's fallen in the water!': featuring The String Robberies - The White Neddie Trade - The Spon Plague - The Mountain Eaters
'Shut up, Eccles!': featuring The Phantom Head Shaver (of Brighton) - The Lost Emperor - Drums Along The Mersey - The Mummified Priest
'It's all in the mind, you know': featuring The Vanishing Room - The £1,000,000 Penny - King Solomon's Mines - The Moriarty Murder Mystery
'Needle nardle noo!': featuring The Childe Harolde Rewarde - The Gold Plate Robbery - Queen Anne's Rain - The Battle of Spion Kop
'The Goons at Christmas': featuring A Christmas Carol - The Mighty Wurlitzer - Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest - Operation Christmas Duff
'The Goon Show and Guests': featuring Spon - The Curse of Frankenstein - Who Is Pink Oboe? - The £50 Cure
'The Silent Bugler': featuring The Reason Why - The Plasticine Man - The Silent Bugler - The Treasure in the Tower
'The Goon Show and More Guests': featuring African Incident - Tiddleywinks - The Giant Bombardon - The Tay Bridge
'Ned's Atomic Dustbin': featuring The Pevensey Bay Disaster - The Spectre of Tintagel - Shangri-La Again - Ned's Atomic Dustbin
'The Fear of Wages': featuring The Fear of Wages - The Nadger Plague - The Sahara Desert Statue - The Great British Revolution
'The Missing Battleship': featuring The Junk Affair - The Burning Embassy - The Missing Battleship - Ten Snowballs that Shook the World
'The Booted Gorilla': featuring The Booted Gorilla - The Sale of Manhattan - The Ink Shortage - The Choking Horror
'The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System': featuring: The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System - The Lost Gold Mine (of Charlotte) - The Canal - The House of Teeth
'The Case of the Missing Heir': featuring: The Case of the Missing Heir - The Secret Escritoire - The Pam's Paper Insurance Policy - The Dreaded Piano Clubber
'The Saga of the Internal Mountain': featuring The Internal Mountain - The Fireball of Milton Street - The End - The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu Manchu
'Bank statement no. 349': featuring The Lost Year - The Great Bank of England Robbery - The Siege of Fort Night - The Chinese Legs
'Check the yukkabukaka gauges!': featuring The Greatest Mountain in the World - The Kippered Herring Gang - The Albert Memorial - Robin's Post
'Indigestion Waltz': featuring The Great Regent's Park Swim - The Space Age - The Policy - The Stolen Postman
'We're in the wrong house again!': featuring The Thing on the Mountain - The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System - The Great Statue Debate - The Silver Dubloons
'Well known in concentric circles': featuring Dishonoured - The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea) - The Hastings Flyer - China Story
'The Starlings': featuring The Starlings - The Missing Scroll - Nineteen-Eighty-Five - The Man Who Won The War
'The Scarlet Capsule': featuring Forog - The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street - Tales of Men's Shirts - The Scarlet Capsule
'Round the World in Eighty Days': featuring Foiled by President Fred - Personal Narrative - Round the World in Eighty Days - The Missing Boa Constrictor
'The Moon Show': featuring Tales of Old Dartmoor - The Sleeping Prince - Robin Hood - The Moon Show
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