The TeleGoons (1963)

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The TeleGoons was one of several efforts to transfer the classic British radio comedy series The Goon Show to television. In this instance, the original radio scripts were used, albeit trimmed from 30 to 15 minutes per episode, and three of the most stalwart "Goons" -- Spike Milligan (who wrote the show), Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe -- lent their comic talents, or rather, their comic verbal talents, since only the actors' voices were used. The sketches were acted out with a troupe of puppets, all of whom bore a striking resemblance to the three aforementioned performers. All the familiar Goon characters, from Bluebottle to Eccles, were in attendance on the 26-episode The TeleGoons, which was shown on BBC1 from October 5, 1963 to August 1, 1964.