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Goon Show - Pgm 19

July 31st, 2009

A few months ago, I posted an episode of one of my favorite old time radio comedy series, "The Goon Show".  In this post, I offer up the other remaining episode I have of the program on an original transcription.

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For those that are new to the show, it's surreal humor that might remind you of Monty Python.  In fact, the Goons - Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers - had a remarkably popular program on the BBC that ran throughout the 1950s and were influential on a whole generation of later comedians.

Program 19 in the series is "The Lost Colony", also known as "The Sale of Manhattan", originally broadcast on the BBC on November 29, 1955 and recorded on November 27.  It was the 11th episode in the 6th "Goon Show" series.  A Goons fan site has a script of the show online with some footnotes on some of the references if you have trouble understanding some of the fast-paced dialogue going on.

What you'll hear is the syndicated version of the show.  The BBC edited the programs slightly because of time sensitive content or other issues before they were distributed in other markets.  They're in the process of a major project to restore the original uncut versions of the programs from the master tapes, so if you like the show, I'd encourage you to buy the cd sets the BBC is offering of the program through Amazon UK.

This program was transferred from an original shellac BBC Transcription Service disc, matrix numbers 16PH86823 and 16PH86824.  Apologies for the very brief "squeal" from "up cue" damage on the first part of the disc.

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  • Michael O'Brien

    The Goons were a fixture on Australian radio for decades. I used to listen to them when I was at school in the 1950s, and they were firmly entrenched in the midday Saturday slot on ABC Radio National for decades. It was only about ten years ago that the ABC finally dropped the show, by which time they must have worked through the entire run numerous times.

    You can still hear them on Australian radio, but they’re on at 5:30 in the morning, where they are probably heard mostly by milkmen and train drivers.

    Aug 5, 2009 at 1:43 am