Title: The Goon Show Scripts
Author: Spike Milligan
Page Count/Review Word Count: 188
The interesting thing about reading this one for me was that I’ve never actually listened to the Goon Show, at least not properly. The closest I’ve came is with a vinyl record with a few highlights, but that didn’t include any full episodes.
But I’ve been a Spike Milligan fan for a while now, even though he does occasionally display some old-fashioned views towards race and sexuality that are at odds with the world we live in today. But I can overlook that, and I still find his surrealist writing style to be pretty enjoyable.
This book literally brings together a bunch of those scripts into a single place, and it also includes a couple of other bonus bits such as character profiles and background material, as well as doodles and illustrations that the cast wrote on their original scripts.
I’m not sure that this has general appeal, but if you’re a Goon or Milligan fan then there’s plenty here to like. That’s it.