The Telegoons

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The Telegoons
The Telegoons (TV series).jpg
Opening title card
Created by Grosvenor Films
Starring Voices of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
Music by Edward White
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.[1] Two series of 13 episodes were made.[2] 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.[3][4]

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 and other outlets.[5]

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.[6]

Comic book adaptation[edit]

A Telegoons comic strip appeared in TV Comic, drawn by Bill Titcombe and was published in 1963-1964. [7]

Episodes[edit]

1st Series:

 1.   The Ascent of Mount Everest - 5 October, 1963
 2.   The Lost Colony - 12 October, 1963
 3.   The Fear of Wages - 19 October, 1963
 4.   Napoleon's Piano - 26 October, 1963
 5.   The Last Tram - 2 November, 1963
 6.   China Story - 16 November, 1963 
 7.   The Canal - 23 November, 1963
 8.   The Choking Horror - 30 November, 1963
 9.   The Hastings Flyer - 7 December, 1963
10.   The Mystery of the Marie (sic) Celeste Solved? - 14 December, 1963
11.   The International Christmas Pudding - 21 December, 1963

2nd Series:

12.   Scradge - 28 March, 1964 
13.   The Booted Gorilla - 4 April, 1964
14.   The Underwater Mountain - 11 April, 1964 
15.   The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea - 18 April, 1964 
16.   Tales of Old Dartmoor - 25 April, 1964
17.   Lurgi Strikes Britain -  2 May, 1964
18.   Captain Seagoon R.N. - 9 May, 1964 
19.   The Frist Albert Memorial to the Moon - 16 May, 1964
20.   The Whistling Spy Enigma - 23 May, 1964
21.   Tales of Montmartre - 30 May, 1964
22.   The African Ship Canal - 6 June, 1964
23.   The Affair of the Lone Banana - 13 June, 1964
24.   The Terrible Revenge of Fred Fu-Manchu - 20 June, 1964 
25.   The Nadger Plague - 27 June, 1964
26.   The Siege of Fort Knight, or, The Underwater Gas-Stove - 18 July, 1964

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "GOONOGRAPHY". roxburgh.org.
  2. ^ "The Telegoons (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". epguides.com.
  3. ^ "People". roxburgh.org.
  4. ^ "The anniversary of the first showing of 'The Telegoons'". 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ "The Telegoons 4 Dual Layer DVDs Goon Show Puppet TV Series". store.earthstation1.com.
  6. ^ "The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10), Twenty episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series by Spike Milligan". www.penguin.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Bill Titcombe". lambiek.net.

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