The Goon Show. Image shows from L to R: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe. Copyright: BBC.

The Goon Show

BBC Home Service sitcom / sketch show with Milligan, Sellers and Secombe. 231 episodes (10 series), 1951 - 1960. Stars Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine.

The Goon Show. Image shows from L to R: Neddie Seagoon (Harry Secombe), Professor Osric Pureheart (Michael Bentine), Count Jim Moriarty (Spike Milligan), Bluebottle (Peter Sellers). Copyright: BBC.

The Goon Show

Highly surreal radio adventures that helped take British comedy into a new age. Starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe

Sitcom, Sketch Show
1951 - 1960
BBC Home Service
231   (10 series), plus 8 shorts and overseas specials
Spike Milligan
Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine
Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens and Eric Sykes
Dennis Main Wilson, Peter Eton, Pat Dixon, Charles Chilton, Roy Speer, Tom Ronald and John Browell

The Goon Show, originally under the title of Crazy People focused on the bizarre experiments of Prof Osric Pureheart, played by Michael Bentine working alongside Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.

After two series, Bentine left the show. As a result, a new title character was created - Neddie Seagoon. Episodes tended to involve Neddie trying to achieve some kind of greatness, often with the help of the idiotic but happy Eccles and the young Bluebottle. However, always willing to stop them and make as much money as possible were the impoverished Hercules Grytpype-Thynne and his French assistant Count Jim Moriarty. Also featuring alongside were the disgraced and flatulent Major Dennis Bloodnok, and elderly couple Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister.

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Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Crazy People (Series 1 title)
  • The Goons
The composer for the show was Wally Stott. Additional music was provided by the Ray Ellington quartet, and Max Geldray.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 28th May 1951 on BBC Home Service
Last new broadcast
Thursday 28th January 1960 on BBC Home Service
Last repeat
Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 8:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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