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Product details

  • 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)
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Book Description

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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The Goon Show - Volume 29: I usually listen to the Goons (when I catch them) on BBC Radio 4 extra (formerly Radio 7) but I often don't hear a full episode.So it was a treat to listen to 4 whole episodes.This being Volume 29 I was a bit concerned that these episodes might be less than the best but this was not the case.I enjoyed every minute (almost 2 hours) of the insanity and surreally inspired comedy that is The Goons.I count myself as quite a fan of these original 'Mad Men' but had not previously heard any of the shows on these 2 discs.Spike, Peter and Harry are the Godfathers of this kind of humour - inspiring everyone from the Pythons,the Young Ones, Vic & Bob and the Mighty Boosh.Well worth a listen!
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The Goon Show is a wildly inconsistent beast, its energetic surrealism and nonsense breaking the shackles of the more formulaic radio comedy while harking back to the likes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear - if either ever dropped acid. Unfortunately the pressures of producing 250 weekly scripts over the shows nine year run (around 160 of which survive) often showed in the quality of the finished product, with many of the surviving episodes distinctly hit-and-miss and some outright poor. Thankfully Volume 29 of the BBC's CD series is one of their better compilations: none of the four episodes presented here is top tier, but there are no stinkers here.

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.
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It was wonderful to return to the surreal world of the Goons with this collection, apparently selected by Norma Farnes, Spike Milligan's agent for many years. These shows come from the later period of Goonery, ranging from 1958 to 1960.

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.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2012
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Here we have four great episodes of The Goon Show, on a double cd pack. I love the Goons, hearing them first when I was at school, as they were being repeated at the time. This volume contains:-

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.
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