- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1445861062
- ISBN-13: 978-1445861067
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goon Show: Volume 29: We're In The Wrong House Again! Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Four more classic BBC Radio episodes starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan.
About the Author
Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the Goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002. Larry Stephens was a scriptwriter who wrote for several popular comedy shows in the 1950s, including The Tony Hancock Show and The Army Game. He is probably best known as co-writer of many Goon Show episodes, along with Spike Milligan. He died in 1959. Maurice Wiltshire was a screenwriter and script editor who wrote for many television programmes including The Army Game and HMS Paradise. He co-wrote several episodes of The Goon Show, as well as adapting 26 of the radio scripts for two series of a 15-minute television puppet show called The Telegoons. John Antrobus is a playwright and scriptwriter whose screen credits include The Frankie Howerd Show, Idle on Parade and That Was The Week That Was. With Spike Milligan, he co-wrote two Goon Show episodes - The Spon Plague and The Great Statue Debate - as well as a play, The Bed Sitting Room. He lives in Monaco.
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Top Customer Reviews
As usual, the 'plots' are mere starting points for freeform stream of consciousness unsanity, seasoned liberally with the expected in-jokes, catchphrases ("He fell in tha wa-tah!"), stock characters (Min and Bill, Moriarty, Gryptpype-Thynne) and musical interludes that are usually just padding but occasionally see Ray Ellington pressed into service as a character as well. It's all silly and juvenile stuff, sometimes delightfully so as it veers off on self-indulgent tangents and goes to ridiculous lengths to set up jokes that would shame a Christmas cracker yet still manage to raise a laugh for their sheer shamelessness. It's a kind of comedy you definitely have to be in the right silly mood for, but if you are this set provides plenty to raise a smile even if little of it sticks in the memory.
Oh, and for the purists out there, it's worth noting that the version of the Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System included is the re-recorded transcription service version intended for the export market that loses some original topical jokes and references.
The four shows themselves are of varying quality. The first, "The Thing On The Mountain" is the least entertaining of the quartet, and initially I struggled to understand why. The standard format of the show was used and all the characters were there but it simply wasn't very funny and just peters out at the end. It turns out that the show is one which wasn't written by Spike at all, but by Larry Stephens and Maurice Wiltshire who would occasionally help him out with writing duties when he was under pressure.
The second, "The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System", is much better, with a number of laugh-out-loud moments in the first few moments including a brilliant exchange with a waitress in a railway cafe. This is one of the 'Vintage Goons' series which were later re-recordings of shows broadcast several years previously. It is carefully labelled as the transcription services (TS) version, as these were edited versions with any potentially offensive material removed before selling the programme to other countries around the world.
The third, "The Great Statue Debate", would appear to be a TS version, but with careful restoration work from an off-air recording to put back what was taken out! This means that there are variations in the level and quality of recording when jokes have been put back in, but we do at least have a more complete version of the show, including Bluebottle's saucy one-liner about what you can do with a banana in the privacy of your own home... This is probably the highlight of the set.Read more ›
The Thing on the Mountain
After reports of a monster on Snowden, Neddie is sold a mountain kit and is on the trail, after all there is a five quid reward involved. After being diverted to Blackpool Tower due to a mishap getting to the top of Snowden, will the monster be captured?
The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System
This should be classed a horror, after all some of us remember those dreaded sandwiches. The system is in havoc, someone has been taking away the mustard and cress. With the mystery deepening, Henry Crun is off to the Amazon to grow some more, but this will take years.
The Great Statue Debate
Trouble brews as the leather statue of James II is going to be replaced by a compressed tobacco one of Sir Walter Raleigh. But whilst the House are debating, they are evicted by the landlord, ending up on a measles ward. Will things ever return to normal?
The Silver Doubloons
Hunting for treasure sound simple? Not when it involves the Goons.
With your favourite characters, and musical interludes, the sound quality is very good. Always worth listening to, this is another great addition to your audio library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More superbly inane globules of intelligible insanity from the Masters.
I personally have to acquire #'s 30&31 to keep my collection up to date!
I have been a fan of Goon's since a schoolboy and even in these modern times I cant resist buying copies of them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John D.
I love old British radio comedy and The Goon Show is one of my favorites. As a Yank, I don't get all the references, but I love the surreal quality of Spike's humor. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2014 by Robert W. Henderson
Prompt delivery. A great part of the series. To be enjoyed on windy, rainy nights.Published on 24 Aug. 2014 by Dennis James