|Season 4, Episode 13|
|Air date||December 26, 1953|
|Written by||Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens|
|Produced by||Peter Eton|
The British Way
Ten Thousand Fathoms Down in a Wardrobe
|Season "Vintage Goons", Episode 4|
|Air date||October 6, 1958|
|Written by||Spike Milligan|
|Produced by||Roy Speer|
|Musical interludes|| "Crazy Rhythm" (Geldray),|
"Cuban Carnival" (Ellington)
Through the Sound Barrier in an Airing Cupboard
The Missing Bureaucrat
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.
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.
- The "Vintage Goons" version is included on volume 18 of the BBC Radio Classics releases.
- Transcript of 1958 version