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Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Secombe's son in Goon revival
The next generation: Glover, Secombe Jr, Holland and Timothy
Tribute: Glover, Secombe Jr, Holland and Timothy
Sir Harry Secombe's son Andrew is to take his late father's place in a 50th anniversary special of The Goon Show.

Sir Harry, who died last month, made his name in the irreverent radio comedy which ran for nine years until 1960.

Goons: Sellars, Secombe and Milligan
The originals: Sellars, Secombe and Milligan
The the 50th Anniversary Cardboard Replica Goon Show, which will be aired on BBC Radio 2 on 29 May, was recorded before Sir Harry died.

The part of Peter Sellars will be played by Hi De Hi actor Jeffrey Holland, and Spike Milligan's role is taken by Spitting Image impressionist Jon Glover.

The show will be broadcast 50 years and one day after the BBC first broadcast the Goons under its original title, Crazy People.

Milligan - who once described Goonism as "bringing any logical situation to its illogical conclusion" - has helped with the scripts for the show.

It will also star actor Christopher Timothy, whose father Andrew was the original announcer, and singer Lance Ellington, son of vocal star Ray Ellington.

Andrew Secombe
Andrew Secombe: Also starred in Star Wars film
The anniversary show was recorded in March at London's Playhouse Theatre, where the Goons once recorded.

Andrew Secombe has previously starred as Watto in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

The original series soon gained a cult following for delighting audiences and baffling BBC bosses - who reportedly tried to suppress it 30 times - but it lasted for 243 programmes.

Producer Dirk Maggs said he wanted to make the show as authentic as possible.

"On the big night there were a lot of lumps in throats as the band thundered out the great Goon Show arrangements - from Lucky Strike to Bloodnok's Theme - as if they'd never been gone," he said.

Ex-Hi De Hi star Jeffrey Holland
Ex-Hi De Hi star Jeffrey Holland
"Most of us think we can impersonate Goon Show voices but, under the scrutiny of a microphone, even the best bathroom Eccles or Bluebottle can fall apart."

The tribute is a part of the station's Goons Night - which will also feature Milligan's choice of Goons sketches, contributions from comedians including Ben Elton, Harry Hill and Lee Hurst and a documentary about how the show started.

Radio 2 controller James Moir said the Goons included some of the greatest comedy talent the country has ever seen.

"The Goons' role in shaping the face of comedy cannot be underestimated," he said.

"They were true innovators and their uniqueness has meant that they will forever hold a very special place in the history of British comedy."

They are still a major influence on comedians around the world, he said.

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