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Sir Harry Secombe: Treasure trove shared on centenary

One hundred years ago today, entertainer Sir Harry Secombe was welcomed into the world.

BBC, 8th September 2021

Goons at 70: anarchic rowdy never-bettered radio comedy

After 70 years, the zany antics of the Goons still hold up to modern ears. What makes their bizarre comedy so enticing, even today?

Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, 28th May 2021

John Cleese on The Goon Show

Cleese, who is currently on tour screening Holy Grail followed by career-spanning conversations with audiences, wanted to pay homage to the stylistic forefathers of Python, The Goon Show, for our Underrated series.

Erik Abriss, Vulture, 10th July 2018

The afternoon I spent with Harry Secombe

It's 1995, Peter Sellers is dead, Michael Bentine is dying, Spike Milligan says no but one Goon steps into the breach...

Roy Bainton, The Guardian, 22nd October 2017

How Radio 4 is bringing Tony Hancock back to life

The BBC is remaking lost episodes of Hancock's Half Hour - thanks to Harry Secombe's son.

Stephen Armstrong, Radio Times, 14th March 2017

Harry Secombe's son to play his roles in The Missing Hancocks

Andrew Secombe, the son of the late Harry Secombe, has joined the cast of Radio 4's The Missing Hancocks. He will play roles his father played in the original shows.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd December 2016

New exhibit shows archive pictures of BBC comedians

Compton Verney exhibition charts 60 years of comedy, from Hancock's Half Hour to Miranda Hart.

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 26th June 2016

Where does all the best comedy come from? Death & War

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Eric Sykes and the rest all experienced war. That made their comedy different to today's.

Andrew Martin, The Guardian, 6th July 2012