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The Goon Show
Monday 23 March
7:00pm - 7:30pm
BBC Radio 7
Who Is Pink Oboe?: Cowardly Captain Seagoon goes to war. With Peter Sellers on leave, Graham Stark's enlisted. From January 1959. New to Radio 7.
Goon Show Series: 9
Cast includes Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Max Geldray and Wallace Greenslade as announcer.
11: Who Is Pink Oboe?
First broadcast: 12/01/1959
Author: Spike Milligan
Producer: John Browell
Notes: Without Peter Sellers but with Kenneth Connor, Valentine Dyall, Graham Stark, Jack Train and John Snagge (pre-recorded). Announced as 'The Spy, or . . .'. Sellers developed throat trouble shortly before the recording and the other four actors were brought in by John Browell at very short notice. They take the various parts written for Sellers, with minimal re-writing. Dyall replaces Gryptype-Thynne, Connor replaces Willium and a few others, Stark replaces Henry Crun (the Min and Henry episode becomes an Irish couple who are not as successful as the other replacements) and Train as Colonel Chinstrap, replaces Major Bloodnok.
The Goons The Goons included Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. They burst onto the radio with surreal storylines, absurd logic, puns, catchphrases and groundbreaking sound effects. They ridiculed the pomposity of those in authority and laughed at the stupidity of mankind.
Characters such as Ned Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok, Minnie Bannister, Henry Crun, Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty all helped to create an alternative and ludicrous view of the world.
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