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.
Stories revolved around Ned Seagoon in a variety of guises: as a police inspector, naval commander, a soldier, the British Ambassador, and the hereditary owner of Manhattan.
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
The Ascent of Mount Everest | The Lost Colony | The Fear of Wages | Napoleon’s Piano | The Last Tram | The China Story | The Canal | The Hastings Flyer | The Mystery of the Marie Celeste Solved | The International Christmas Pudding | The Choking Horror || Scradge | The Booted Gorilla | The Underwater Mountain | The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea | Tales of Old Dartmoor | Lurgi Strikes Britain | Captain Seagoon RN | The First Albert Memorial to the Moon | The Whistling Spy Enigma | Tales of Montmartre | The Africa Ship Canal | The Affair of the Lone Banana | The Nadger Plague | The Siege of Fort Knight | The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu-Manchu