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13 Days of Xmas 2011, Day 11: Fun With British Radio Shows

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe from The Goon Show

As we were looking around for what to do next during 13 Days of Xmas, I saw that last year we had taken a moment to offer up some Christmas goodies from I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, the mother of all panel show mayhem. So looking to British radio (much as we’ve done elsewhere and recently, too), I’ve decided to throw you a couple of episodes.

First up, we have David Mitchell chairing a 2008 special Christmas episode of The Unbelievable Truth. Even if you’re not familiar with how the show works, you’ll catch on quickly. It’s brilliant simplicity and, of course, it doesn’t make it over here stateside in any form.

Also, a Christmas episode of The Goon Show, which was Harry Secombe being flanked by the vocal stylings of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan with the results being utter madness. This episode was, from what I can read, recorded in 1956 for broadcast outside England. It didn’t get broadcast in England until 1988. From what I can tell, this isn’t available stateside in any form either.


Previously, in 2009 we were checking out some Christmas music, then in 2008 we had some Christmas messages, and Year One was music that doesn’t suck.