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The Goon Show
Monday 13 April
8:00am - 8:30am
BBC Radio 7
The Scarlet Capsule: Professor Ned Quatermass unravels a mystery around some enigmatic blue serge suits. Stars Spike Milligan. From February 1959.
Goon Show Series: 9
Cast includes Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Max Geldray and Wallace Greenslade as announcer.
14: The Scarlet Capsule
First broadcast: 02/02/1959
Author: Spike Milligan
Producer: John Browell
Notes: With Andrew Timothy (pre-recorded). Announced as 'Quatermass O.B.E.'. This show is a parody of the highly successful BBC-TV serial 'Quatermass and the Pit'. Andrew Tmmothy reads announcements at the beginning and end of the show that were originally intended to be read by John Snagge.
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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