The Goon Show, 1951
Considered by many as the greatest radio show of all time. A legend within it’s own lifetime The Goon Show was a British Radio Comedy Program that ran for 238 episodes and 12 specials over 9 years. It was created by Spike Milligan, who got he idea for the title from a Popeye character. The first series was titled Crazy People becoming The Goon Show from series two.
The scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of bizarre sound effects.
In later episodes electronic effects were used, these were devised by the then fledgling BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
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.
Michael Bentine (1951 – 1953)
Broadcast On: BBC Home Service
Created By: Spike Milligan
Dennis Main Wilson
Original Transmission Dates: 1951 – 1960