The Telegoons

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Contents of this Chapter:
(1) The Telegoon puppets in colour...
(2) ...and in black and  white...
(3) Stills from The Telegoons TV series...
(4) High jinks at The Telegoons voice recording sessions, 29th March 1963...
(5) Rare and not-so-rare pictures of Spike, Harry, and Peter...

(1) The Telegoon puppets in colour...


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Best of Friends
The Bluebottle and Eccles string puppets look unusually photogenic in this shot. But what is Eccles going to do with that hammer?

Elegantly coiffured, and dressed in his Sunday-best sack cloth, Eccles' toes poke through the end of his under-sized shoes! Close inspection shows that Bluebottle has an elegant collar, but no shirt!


Source
: Cover of The Telegoons, In The Ascent of Mount Everest. A story and Colouring Book., Tonwen Ltd. Published by the Galaxy Press, c. 1965, 26 pp. Note: picture was flipped L to R for the book cover. Shown here correctly. A big thankyou to Bill Titcombe and Bill Nunn for making this image available to the GSPS.



Bluebottle as I. Byem the pawnbroker
(click for larger image 40K)
Photograph Violet Philpott,
used with permission.

I. Byem, Pawnbroker
The Bluebottle string puppet surveys the elaborate pawnshop set constructed for The Telegoons s01e01, The Ascent of Mount Everest.


Minnie & Henry at Pevensey Bay railway station
(click for larger image 40K)

Photograph Violet Philpott,
used with permission.

A Bad Day for Train Ticket Sales
The Minnie Bannister and Henry Crun rod puppets pose for a picture in the ticket office set constructed for The Telegoons s01e09, The Hastings Flyer.


Neddie Seagoon rod puppet
(click for larger image 47K)
Photograph Violet Philpott,
used with permission.

Neddie Seagoon, Engine Driver Extraordinaire
The Neddie Seagoon rod puppet poses for a picture between takes during filming of The Telegoons s01e09, The Hastings Flyer.

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(2) ...and in black and white...

Bluebottle string puppet
The Bluebottle string puppet

Henry Crun string puppet
The Henry Crun string puppet

Grytpype-Thynne string puppet
The Grytpype-Thynne string puppet

Moriarty string puppet
The Moriarty string
puppet

 

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String puppets L-R:  Major Dennis Bloodnok, Neddie Seagoon, and Minnie Bannister
Source: PIX magazine June 6th, 1964

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(3) Stills from The Telegoons TV series...

The first episode of The Telegoons,
The Ascent of Mount Everest,
was broadcast on BBC Television, October 5th, 1963...

A scene from The Ascent of Mt Everest
A crowd of string puppet Nepalese expedition porters.
(click for larger image 42K)
Source: The Goons the Story
(see Bibliography)

Scene from The Ascent of Mt Everest
Patriotic British music lover Henry Crun, and expedition idiot Eccles, use a painting of Mount Everest to practice their climbing skills, while Neddie Seagoon and another puppet stand by with a safety table. 
(rod and string puppets)

(click for larger image 30K)
Source: The Goons the Story
(see Bibliography)

Eccles and Bluebottle discuss the meaning of life
Bluebottle: "...I've never heard of families growing beards to tell the difference between the sexes, have you, Eccles?"
Eccles: "Hey...ah, yeah, it happened in my family..."
(rod puppets)
(click for large image 41K)
Source: Newspaper clipping, Oct, 1963.
Eccles & Seagoon in The Ascent of Mt Everest
The Eccles & Neddie Seagoon string puppets check the list of Everest expedition supplies.
(click for large image 41K)
Source: The Goons the Story
(see Bibliography)

The fourth episode of The Telegoons,
Napoleon's Piano,
was broadcast on BBC Television, October 26th, 1963...

Telegoons Napoleon's Piano
The Seagoon & Moriarty rod
puppets contemplate grand larceny in the Louvre Museum.
(click for larger image 32K)


The sixth episode of The Telegoons,
The China Story,
was broadcast on BBC Television, November 16th, 1963...

Henry & Minnie in The China Story
Auctioneer Crun puts "LOT 1" (a glass jar) under the hammer(!!!), while Minnie looks on. The next Lot is a certain rosewood upright...
(click for larger image 23K)
Source: NZ LIstener Nov. 13, 1964

A certain rosewood upright in The China Story
Grytpype-Thynne & Moriarty discuss the certain English rosewood upright with prize chump Seagoon.
(click for larger image 25K)
Source: NZ LIstener Aug. 14, 1964

Shanghai Boro Council
The Eccles, Moriarty, Grytpype, & Seagoonrod puppets hanging out in downtown Shanghai.

(click for a larger image 32K)
Source: Front cover of Telegoon Toon and other TV themes, Columbia 7-inch EP
45 RPM record ESG 7901

 

Eccles & Bluebottle in The China Story
The Eccles & Bluebottle string puppets, with a certain rosewood upright...
(click for larger image 20K)
Source: NZ LIstener Sept. 11, 1964

 

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(4) High jinks at The Telegoons voice recording sessions, 29th March 1963...

Peter's arrival at The Telegoons voice recording sessions on 29th March, 1963, was not allowed
to go unnoticed, because it marked the first time the Goons had worked together since the radio
Goon Show days. The occasion was marked by the presence of the press, who took these pictures.
Some of the puppets were also in attendance.

Spike exercises the Eccles puppet
Spike exercises the Eccles string puppet, while Harry & Peter look on with amusement.
(click for larger image 45K)
Source: The Goons The Story
(see Bibliography)

The Goons clown around with the puppets
Harry, Spike & Peter clowning around with their Telegoon string puppet counterparts.
(click for larger image 38K)
Source: The Story of The Goons
(see Bibliography)

Clowning in front of microphone at voice recording session
Shenanigans in front of the microphone.
(click for larger image 45K)
Source: The Goons The Story
(see Bibliography)

 

The Telegoons puppets & their mentors
The Seagoon, Eccles, & Bloodnok string puppets strike a formal pose with their mentors, Harry, Spike & Peter.
(click for larger image 43K)
Source: The Goon Show Companion
(see Bibliography)

 

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(5) Rare and not-so-rare pictures of Spike, Harry, and Peter...

Recording The Goon Show
Spike, Harry, and Peter
recording The Goon Show


Source
: Cover of The Best of the Goon Shows,
PARLOPHONE LP 33-1/3 RPM record PMCM.1108

 

Goons & leeks 1
BBC publicity shot taken during
The Goons Hit Wales
special
St. David's Day Goon Show
broadcast, 1956


Source: The Lost Goon Shows
(see Bibliography)
Goons & leeks 2
Spike, Peter & Harry send up their
old "leeks" publicity shot,
seen at left, 1972


Source: Cover of More Goon Show Script
(see Bibliography)

Although it is not recorded what Peter, Harry, and Spike were
thinking when these two pictures were taken, it is fun to speculate.

Peter: Hmm...I'm not sure about these "Spot the Welshman" contests.

Harry:
Ned of Wales would be proud of me.
            You can always tell a Welshman by his leek.

Spike:
Hmm... Sospan Bach (sic). Abergabunny (sic). Look you non (sic).*
            Leeks. Cardiff Docks. Swansea Docks. It's no good, folks, I can't keep
            up this accent any longer. I'm not a Welshman at all, I'm the famous
            Eccles.
                                                  

Hear an MP3   G.S. 7th Series, #15. Wings Over Dagenham (22 sec) (90K)
  MPEG Layer 3, 16-bit, 22 kHz, 32 kbps, mono

            *(...Sospan Fach. Abergavenny. Look you now...)

 

Spike Milligan and cow
Spike Milligan K.B.E.
--genius at large--

Perchance contemplating
The Mystery of the Cow on the Hill
?
(G.S. 3rd Series, #18)

Birds

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