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Aired on the BBC home service between 1951 and 1960, The Goon Show was a comedy send-up of a struggling post-war Britain, with continuing shortages, failing leadership and the demise of the empire. For its first run it was entitled Crazy People–Featuring Radio's Own Crazy Gang-the Goons, with actors often playing multiple characters and making use of all sorts of noises and funny voices to characterise the already bizarre characters. The Grafton Arms, a public house near Victoria railway station would provide a base for co-conspirators Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Benetine on Sunday evenings to write and bounce ideas for the show off each other. Landlord and radio editor Jimmy Grafton would assist and edit some of the first series of the shows, and was affectionately nicknamed 'King of the Goons and Voice of Sanity' (KOGVOS). Having originally only booked the Goons for 6 shows, the BBC ultimately extended the show for 10 series. The final episode The last Goon show of all was broadcast on the 5th October 1972 for the BBC Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Ray Ellington

Jazz musician and bandleader
Sitter in 4 portraits

Spike Milligan

Comedian and writer
Sitter in 20 portraits

Peter Sellers

Actor and photographer
Sitter in 15 portraits

John Antrobus

Sitter in 1 portrait

Michael Bentine

Actor, comedian and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits

Stanley Black (Solomon Schwartz)

Composer and conductor
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sir Harry Donald Secombe

Comedian, actor, writer, singer and television presenter
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits

Eric Sykes

Actor, comedian, writer, director and producer
Sitter in 10 portraits