Season 4, Episode 13
Air date December 26, 1953
Written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens
Guest(s) Michael Bentine
Produced by Peter Eton
Musical interludes unidentified
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The British Way
Ten Thousand Fathoms Down in a Wardrobe
Season "Vintage Goons", Episode 4
Air date October 6, 1958
Written by Spike Milligan
Guest(s) Valentine Dyall
Produced by Roy Speer
Musical interludes "Crazy Rhythm" (Geldray),
"Cuban Carnival" (Ellington)
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Through the Sound Barrier in an Airing Cupboard
The Missing Bureaucrat

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As the siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War drags on, Lieutenant Seagoon is sent back to England to procure a gigantic artillery piece to break the walls. The cannon is constructed by Henry Crun and brought to the siege, but is inadvertently loaded with a shell containing Count Moriarty.

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Sebastopol (more commonly "Sevastopol" in modern usage) was under siege from October 1954 to September 1855. It was the dawn of trench warfare, with heavy use of artillery. This story may have been inspired by Robert Mallet's gigantic mortar which was built around that time but not test-fired until 1857, and which never saw real combat.

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