The Telegoons

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The Telegoons
Created by Grosvenor Films
Starring Voices of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 15 minutes per episode
Release
Original network BBC
Original release 5 October 1963 – 1 August 1964

The Telegoons is a comedy puppet show, adapted from the highly successful BBC radio comedy show of the 1950s, The Goon Show produced for BBC television and first shown during 1963 and 1964. Two series of 13 episodes were made. The series was briefly repeated immediately after its original run, and all episodes are known to have survived. Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan reprised their original voice roles from the radio series and appeared in promotional photos with some of the puppets from the series. Among the puppeteers were Ann Field, John Dudley, and Violet Phelan.

The only official broadcasts of any Telegoons material since the 1960s were a short excerpt, claimed to have been newly printed from the original negative, shown on the 1980s BBC archive series Windmill, and a brief excerpt during the quiz programme Telly Addicts. However DVD compilations of all episodes (from unknown sources) are available on Ebay.

A lengthy excerpt from a cast recording for the episode "The Lost Colony" is included on The Goon Show Compendium Volume 11 CD box set. The recording, made at Olympic Studios, is taken from a tape kept by the studio's former owner.

Comic book adaptation[edit]

A Telegoons comic strip appeared in TV Comic, drawn by Bill Titcombe and was published in 1963-1964. [1]

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