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Season 8, Episode 14
Air date December 30, 1957
Written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens
Guest(s) Cecile Chavrau
Produced by Roy Speer
Musical interludes "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Geldray),
"Jack the Bear" (Ellington)
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Synopsis Edit

A group of British POWs are forced by their German captors to build a bridge across the river Kapati, but Seagoon escapes and is ordered to destroy the bridge.

Background Edit

This episode was based on the movie of The Bridge on the River Kwai, which had just been released on December 14, 1957. The movie is set in a Japanese POW camp in World War II, rather than a German one in World War I, but otherwise the plot of the episode follows the movie very closely. Colonel Spon is performed as an impression of Alec Guinness, who played the equivalent role in the movie.

References Edit

Availability Edit

  • Included in volume 18 of the BBC Radio Classics releases.
  • Transcript

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