1st Broadcast 29th May 2001
Celador for BBC Radio 2
New production of excerpts from two Third Series Goon Shows
The Playhouse Theatre in London England
23rd March 2001
John Wilson Orchestra; arrangements by Angela Morley
Radio 2 had a Goons 50th Anniversary Night on 29th May 2001. I have two contributions - a documentary I made for the 40th Anniversary in 1991, "At Last The Go On Show" and a really fun gig, a New Goon Show.
We recorded in March 2001, "Goon Again", starring Andrew Secombe as his dad (!), with Jon Glover and Jeffrey Holland in Spike & Peter's voices and Christopher Timothy as his dad,
Andrew Timothy (original Goon Show announcer). If you like the Goons, don't miss it, it's previously unheard script material done as authentically as we could get it, including 20 piece big band.
The show was supposed to run 30 minutes. But got so many laughs it's going out in a one hour slot! Spike Milligan really loved it although'he was too ill to attend.
A career highlight for me. The 50th Anniversary Goon Show which I was privileged to produce and direct with Celador Productions. It took 10 years and a lot of persuading Spike Milligan
to let me loose on his precious ‘baby’, the show that launched both his, Peter Sellers’ and Harry Secombe's careers, and which so inspired Monty Python.
We took a 'long lost' script and hired a 22-piece band and The Playhouse Theatre in London England, and if I ever have a ‘Groundhog Day’ I’d like it to be March 23rd 2001 please.
60 Minutes 1 Episode
Goon Again cast - including L to R Jon Glover, Lance Ellington, Andy Secombe, Dirk Maggs, Lizzie Glassborow, Jeffrey Holland, Christopher Timothy, Harry Pitch and John Wilson
Goon Again rehearsal photo by Brian Ritchie © BBC Radio 2/Celador Productions
"Against all the odds ... a brilliant tribute to a show
that changed the face of radio comedy forever..."
JOHN MARTLAND, THE STAGE & TELEVISION TODAY May 2001
EVENING STANDARD HOT TICKETS 25th May 2001
“... atmospheric, affectionate and funny...”
PAUL DONOVAN, THE TIMES 29 May 2001
At Last The Go On Show
Cd of show
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