The Goon Show - Radio Comedy - BBC7
5 x 30 minute episodes - Pack 14 - 128Kbps - Mp3 - Slimoo
The Goon Show was a popular and influential British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. It was heard in the United States as early as the mid-1950s when it was carried on NBC.
The scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of silly and bizarre sound effects. Some of the later episodes feature electronic effects devised by the fledgling BBC Radiophonic Workshop, many of which were reused by other shows for decades afterward.
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.
The show featured musical intermissions from singer Ray Ellington and his quartet and virtuoso jazz harmonica player Max Geldray. The BBC announcer Wallace Greenslade provided spoken links as well as occasionally performing small roles in the scripts, usually as himself.
The Goon Show - S07 - E28 - The Reason Why
The Goon Show - S08 - E02 - The Junk Affair
The Goon Show - S08 - E03 - The Burning Embassy
The Goon Show - S08 - E04 - The Great Regent's Park Swim
The Goon Show - S08 - E05 - The Treasure In The Tower