The Goon Show
|Other names||Crazy People (series 1)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Home Service|
|Created by||Spike Milligan|
|Recording studio||Camden Theatre, London|
|No. of episodes||238 plus 12 specials|
|Ending theme||"Crazy Rhythm", played by Max Geldray and the Ray Ellington Quartet|
The Goon Show was a British radio comedy programme, produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960. Occasional repeats were on the BBC Light Programme. The first series was broadcast from 28 May to 20 September 1951. It was titled Crazy People; later series had the title The Goon Show.
Each of the actors played several stock characters, a regular pattern in radio and theatrical comedy. By "stock characters" is meant characters whose idiosyncracies (peculiaririties) is well understood by the listening audience. This was also a feature of much music hall entertainment.
The scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of bizarre sound effects. Some of the later episodes had electronic effects devised by the fledgling BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Many of these ideas were reused by other shows for decades. Elements of the show satirised life in Britain, parodying aspects of show business, commerce, industry, art, politics, diplomacy, the police, the military, education, class structure, literature and films.