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The Goons books

Postby Archie » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:01 pm

I don't know much about the Goon Show but I was in the local s/h charity bookshop earlier on and picked up pristine hardback editions of 'The Goons' and 'The Essential Spike Milligan' for less than 4 quid!.

Both have a cover price of £16.99 each, they should be worth a read :o
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:03 pm

Wow, that is a bargain! nice one
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Postby Archie » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:34 pm

I was always put off the Goons by Michael Bentine's creepy appearance - wild hair and beard :shock:
But glancing through the book I note he was only a member of the act for a limited time. Eric Sykes should probably be known as the fourth Goon, as he worked with Spike on a lot of the scripts :o
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Postby bob » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:04 pm

I have just replied to another post on this forum about Harry claiming the idea to make Harold younger was his.

There is an interesting parallel with The Goons. As I understand it, one of the reasons Bentine left was because his ideas weren’t getting the credit he thought they deserved. Milligan took most of the writing credits with Larry Stephens and Eric Sykes among other contributors. It is hard to believe that someone like Michael Bentine just sat on the sidelines and read his script and I have no doubt that some of the things that ended up being typed by Spike, originally started in the head of Bentine.
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Postby Archie » Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:17 pm

The Last goon Show is on BBC2 Scotland @ 8.30 tonight.
I heard an episode of the goons on DAB Radio 4 Extra this afternoon - is this the new name for Radio 7 :?:

"Where's the gunpowder ?"
"It's a bit damp, Eccles is drying it at the fire"

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Postby PhilGlass » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:01 am

bob wrote:I have just replied to another post on this forum about Harry claiming the idea to make Harold younger was his.

There is an interesting parallel with The Goons. As I understand it, once of the reasons Bentine left was because his ideas weren’t getting the credit he thought they deserved. Milligan took most of the writing credits with Larry Stephens and Eric Sykes among other contributors. It is hard to believe that someone like Michael Bentine just sat on the sidelines and read his script and I have no doubt that some of the things that ended up being typed by Spike, originally started in the head of Bentine.


I remember seeing a documentary where they claimed that the Python team accused Spike Milligan of ripping them off, for his "Q" series.

I too don't believe Bentine wouldn't have made some contribution. I am not doubting the genius of Spike Milligan, but a lot of his successes relied heavily upon strong supporting casts.

I guess it comes down to the generosity of the main writer. If you watch "I'm Alan Partridge" for example, it always has the "Additional Material By: The Cast" credit as it is known to have been heavily improvised in places, and they allowed the cast their input. But I guess in those days of Milligan's work, there was usually only the main writers credited... Seems a little unfair to me.
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:32 am

the only Goons i've heard so far is "What Time Is It Eccles?"
very funny stuff, classic
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Postby bob » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:56 pm

Well ........... what time is it ?
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:21 am

8:00.
I've got it written on a piece of paper!
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Postby bob » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:33 am

Supposing when somebody asks you the time, it isn't eight o'clock?
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Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:55 am

Then i don't show it to them.
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Postby bob » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:18 pm

Brilliant !!!
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Postby Archie » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:51 pm

A nice man wrote it down for Eccles :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSSGiA4f5cs
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Postby bob » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:23 am

Let's hope he keeps it dry, we don't want him to fall in any water !
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Postby Uncle Nobby » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:08 am

Archie wrote:[u][b]I was always put off the Goons by Michael Bentine's creepy appearance - wild hair and beard :shock[/b][/u]:
But glancing through the book I note he was only a member of the act for a limited time. Eric Sykes should probably be known as the fourth Goon, as he worked with Spike on a lot of the scripts :o


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