"Goon Show" Compendium: v. 1

"Goon Show" Compendium: v. 1

CD-Audio

By (author) Spike Milligan, Read by Harry Secombe, Read by Peter Sellers, Read by Spike Milligan

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  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Format: CD-Audio | 7 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 142mm x 51mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Bath
  • ISBN 10: 1405678003
  • ISBN 13: 9781405678001
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 110,157

Product description

Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order of original broadcast date. This volume includes: The Whistling Spy Enigma, The Lost Gold Mine (of Charlotte), The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea), The Phantom Head Shaver (of Brighton), The Affair of the Lone Banana, The Canal, Lurgi Strikes Britain! (aka Lurgi Strikes Again), The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (solved), The Last Tram (from Clapham), The Booted Gorilla (found?), The Spanish Suitcase, Dishonoured or The Fall of Neddie Seagoon and Forog. Also featured are some rare archive bonus items, including out-takes and the programme Me and My Shadows: Peter Sellers. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves. Remastered using new material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show. The majority of the episodes on this first volume have been previously released on cassette and CD but their sound here has been remastered using new source material and technology. 7 CDs. 7 hrs.

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Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the Goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002. Born in Oldham in 1923, Eric Sykes was first introduced to showbusiness whilst in the RAF and went on to write for hit BBC radio shows and appear in TV variety shows whilst writing for comedy greats such as Peter Sellers and Frankie Howerd. Although he is over eighty, Sykes continues to work, having recently starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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"Some of the funniest episodes of the entire run of the show are included; there are hours of entertainment in this set... the episodes have had further restoration done on them; they sound the best they have ever done, and feature more material. In addition there are episodes which haven't been commercially released so far. Together with the bonus material - Goon Show out-takes! - and extensive production and episode details this is a very good package... Andrew Pixley, Ted Kendall and BBC Audiobooks deserve a lot of praise for this release." -- Ceri Laing http://www.zetaminor.com