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The Goons Show

The Goon Show

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Picture shows: (L-R) Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
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A wide selection of colourful characters populate the Goon Shows. The hero is Harry Secombe's, Neddie Seagoon who is amiable, cheerful and patriotic, but is also both gullible and greedy for money. The latter traits often involve him in being swindled by one of Peter Seller's characters, Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, who is both crook and con man.

Count Moriarty, played by Spike Milligan, is the side-kick of Grytpype-Thynne. Moriarty has gone from being one time dance partner to Lady Astor at the Café Royal to being a trainee corpse at the Leith Crematorium.

Peter Sellers is also responsible for Major Dennis Bloodnok, a notable coward who deserted from the British Army. Afflicted by a troublesome stomach, it is that that announces his arrival.

The extraordinarily ancient Henry Crun is a Seller's character, he defies old age using "Get Fit" hormones and spends much time flirting with Spike Milligan's, Minnie Bannister. At the other end of Sellers' age spectrum is the endearing and enduring boy Scout, Bluebottle, whose confused and confusing conversations with Eccles occur in many Goons' scripts.

Minnie Bannister, spinster, saxophonist and siren to the Goons is the mistress of Henry Crun but has also been the lover of Major Bloodnok.

Musical Interludes and character parts are provided by Max Geldray, Ray Ellington and the Wally Stott Orchestra. Wallace Greenslade is the announcer.
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