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The Telegoons was one of several attempts to bring the Goons’ humour to the television. The first episode, ‘The Ascent of Mount Everest’, was broadcast on 5 October 1963.


The script was adapted by Maurice Wiltshire from the fourth series episode ‘The Ghastly Experiments of Dr Hans Eidelburger’, which featured the Everest adventure in its second and third acts.


While the BBC’s Genome project only holds images of Radio Times pages up the end of 1959, you can still see the basic information from the listing on the Genome website, announcing the episode as “BBC radio world-famous Goons in a new puppet series for television”.


Fortunately, you can see the whole episode here, via Daily Motion.


Episode two, ‘The Lost Colony’, was adapted from ‘The Sale of Manhattan’, the 11th episode of the sixth radio series. It’s also available on Daily Motion.


First Series

Episode

Title

Based on

Broadcast

1

The Ascent of Mount Everest

The Ghastly Experiments of Dr Hans Eidelburger (S04E03)

5 October 1963

2

The Lost Colony

The Sale of Manhattan (S06E11)

12 October 1963

3

The Fear of Wages

The Fear of Wages (S06E25)

19 October 1963

4

Napoleon's Piano

Napoleon's Piano (S06E04)

26 October 1963

5

The Last Tram

​The Last Tram (from Clapham) (S05E09)

2 November 1963

6

The China Story

China Story (S05E17)

16 November 1963

7

The Canal

The Canal (S05E06)

23 November 1963

8

The Choking Horror

The Choking Horror (S06E22)

28 December 1963

9

The Hastings Flyer

The Hastings Flyer - Robbed (S06E15)

7 December 1963

10

The Mystery of the Marie Celeste Solved?

The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (Solved) (S05E08)

14 December 1963

11

The International Christmas Pudding

The International Christmas Pudding (S06E09)

21 December 1963

'The Choking Horror' was postponed by a few weeks due to the repeat broadcast of a new series called Doctor Who. I wonder what happened to that?


Second Series

Episode

Title

Based on

Broadcast

1

Scradge

Scradje (S06E26)

28 March 1964

2

The Booted Gorilla

The Booted Gorilla (Found?) (S05E10)

4 April 1964

3

The Underwater Mountain

The Greatest Mountain in the World (S04E23)

11 April 1964

4

The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea

The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea) (S05E03)

18 April 1964

5

Tales of Old Dartmoor

Tales of Old Dartmoor (S06E21)

25 April 1964

6

Lurgi Strikes Britain

Lurgi Strikes Britain (S05E07)

2 May 1964

7

Captain Seagoon RN

Personal Narrative (S07E08)

9 May 1964

8

The First Albert Memorial to the Moon

The First Albert Memorial to the Moon (S04E07)

16 May 1964

9

The Whistling Spy Enigma

The Whistling Spy Enigma (S05E01)

23 May 1964

10

Tales of Montmartre

Tales of Montmartre (S06E18)

30 May 1964

11

The Africa Ship Canal

The Africa Ship Canal (S07E22)

6 June 1964

12

The Affair of the Lone Banana

The Affair of the Lone Banana (S05E05)

13 June 1964

13

The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu-Manchu

The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu-Manchu (S06E12)

1 August 1964

14

The Nadger Plague

The Nadger Plague (S07E03)

27 June 1964

15

The Siege of Fort Knight

The Siege of Fort Knight (S04E30)

18 July 1964

Episodes 13 and 15 were delayed due to sport.


For those interested in more information, including plot summaries, cast and crew details, images and pretty much anything else you can thing of (and plenty you won't have), I highly recommend immersing yourself in the Telegoons website. It's a treasure trove of material and deserves to be appreciated.

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