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Goon Show Scripts

The Goon Show was a British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960, with occasional repeats on the BBC Light Programme. The first series, broadcast between May and September 1951, was titled Crazy People; all subsequent series had the overall title The Goon Show.

The show's chief creator and main writer was Spike Milligan. The scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of bizarre sound effects. Some of the later episodes feature electronic effects devised by the fledgling BBC Radiophonic Workshop, many of which were reused by other shows for decades afterward. Many elements of the show satirised contemporary life in Britain, parodying aspects of show business, commerce, industry, art, politics, diplomacy, the police, the military, education, class structure, literature and film.

The show was released internationally through the BBC Transcription Service. It was heard regularly from the 1950s in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, India and Canada, although these TS versions were edited to avoid controversial subjects. NBC began broadcasting the programme on its radio network from the mid-1950s. The programme exercised a considerable influence on the subsequent development of British and American comedy and popular culture. It was cited as a major influence by the Monty Python team and the American comedy team The Firesign Theater.

The series was devised and written by Spike Milligan with the regular collaboration of other writers including (singly) Larry Stephens, Eric Sykes, Maurice Wiltshire and John Antrobus, initially under the watchful eye of Jimmy Grafton (KOGVOS - Keeper of the Goons and Voice of Sanity). There were ten series overall, plus an additional series called 'Vintage Goons'. The 1st series had 17 episodes plus 1 special, Cinderella (1951); the 2nd series had 25 episodes, (1952); the 3rd series had 25 episodes plus 1 special - The Coronation Special (1952-53); the 4th series had 30 episodes plus 1 special, Archie In Goonland (1953-54); the 5th series had 26 episodes plus 1 special - The Starlings (1954-55); the 6th series had 27 episodes plus 3 specials,(1955-56); the 7th series had 25 episodes plus 2 specials, (1956-57); the 8th series had 26 episodes, (1957-58); the Vintage Goons were re-performances of 14 episodes from series 4; the 9th series had 17 episodes, (1958-59); and the 10th series had 6 episodes, (1959-1960)
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A Nasty Affair At The Burami Oasis

Call Of The West

China Story


Foiled By President Fred


Lurgi Strikes Britain

Napoleon’s Piano

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

Quatermass O.B.E.


Tales Of Men’S Shirts

The Affair Of The Lone Banana

The Africa Ship Canal

The Battle Of Spion Kop

The Booted Gorilla

The Canal

The Case Of The Missing Cd Plates

The Childe Harolde Rewarde

The Crazy People Episode 1

The Crazy People Episode 3

The Curse Of Frankenstein

The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler

The Fear Of Wages

The Fireball Of Milton Street

The Flea

The Great String Robberies

The Greatest Mountain In The World

The Greenslade Story

The Hastings Flyer - Robbed

The Histories Of Pliny The Elder

The House Of Teeth

The Internal Mountain

The Kippered Herring Gang

The Last Tram

The Lost Gold Mine

The Man Who Never Was

The Mighty Wurlitzer

The Missing Scroll

The Mysterious Punch-Up-The-Conker

The Mystery Of The Marie Celeste

The Nasty Affair At The Burami Oasis

The Phantom Head Shaver Of Brighton

The Red Fort

The Rent Collectors

The Sahara Desert Statue

The Sinking Of Westminster Pier

The Six Ingots Of Leadenhall Street

The Spanish Suitcase

The Spon Plague

The Starlings

The Terrible Revenge Of Fred Fu-Manchu

The Whistling Spy Enigma

The White Box Of Great Bardfield

Under Two Floorboards

Wings Over Dagenham

World War One

Ye Bandit Of Sherwood Forest



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