1 9 6 3 – 1 9 6 4 (UK)
25 x 15 minute episodes
The famous radio shows featuring The Goons were the inspiration for this BBC puppet-based series featuring the characters Neddie Seagoon, Brigadier Grtpype-Thynne, Major Dennis Bloodnok, Eccles, Bluebottle, the venerable Henry Crun, and even the timorous Minnie Bannister.
The original radio scripts were edited and recycled for the audio tracks, with Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers reuniting temporarily to record odd bits of new or replacement material as required.
The series used both string and rod puppets, with animation where it was more appropriate. Library film was also used whenever the stories dealt with real places and things – such as the Great Wall of China or the Albert Memorial.
Tony Young was the producer of the 15-minute shows.
Major Dennis Bloodnok/Henry Crun/Bluebottle/Brigadier Hercules Grtpype-Thynne
Eccles/Minnie Bannister/Count Jim Moriarty