New book, celebrates the radio show, and 50 years of the Goon Show Preservation Society

Goon Show News

The team at the Goon Show Preservation Society have dug deeply into their newsletter archives and chosen a selection of articles to present in the form of Goon Show News, a new book celebrating the iconic radio series.

Aware of the fact that The Goon Show Preservation Society has been going since the year of The Last Goon Show of All, broadcast in 1972, three heads got together and realised that over the years the regular GSPS newsletters have contained interviews, analyses and general articles from and about many of the leading lights involved in The Goon Show.

A wealth of expertise and stories about the leading and directing of this particular facet of British post-war radio comedy and preserving it for those that come to it later.

Published with the assistance of Bear Manor Media, currently only available from Amazon, this new book highlights the changes in recording practices and abilities, production techniques, social attitudes and the need for a post-war laugh that lasted and lasted. This feast of interest for any fan of The Goons – and the comedy that they gave birth to.

Running to 300-pages, Goon Show News includes interviews with many of the team responsible for the 1950s BBC radio show and their relatives: the stars themselves, writers, producers, sound engineers, agents, and more. Keen fans and supporters are also represented – and help create this font of knowledge.

Crammed with facts, details, and fascinating opinions, there’s a wealth of information and insight included.

Plus, it’s packed with cartoons by Hunt Emerson, who also provides the cover, Roger Langridge, Tim Leatherbarrow, and others.

The articles included stretch from the very beginnings of the GSPS in 1972 to the present day and also include some analysis of the show, memories and commentaries from the society’s members.

The Goon Show was the ground-breaking 1950s BBC radio series which revolutionised comedy and has influenced comedians ever since. The Goon Show Preservation Society (GSPS) is a national society based in the UK, with satellite branches across the world.

The society was formed in 1972 by fans who’d attended “The Last Goon Show of All”, a reunion performance made to celebrate the BBC’s 50th Anniversary.

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