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The Harpoon
Affectionate spoof of the "Boys Own" style comics of the early 20th century (14x30minutes)

The Harpoon was a BBC Radio 4 series broadcast between 1991 and 1994, written by Julian Dutton and Peter Baynham in the form of an affectionate spoof of the "Boys Own" style comics of the early 20th century. Each issue promised "six colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations", as well as adventure stories (such as "The Adventures of Maisie Drummond", on the trail of schoolmates missing in mysterious circumstances), general knowledge ("The Story Of The Comb" by Carl Bravado), practical advice ("How To Build An Up-Hill Sledge"), Readers' Letters, bizarre advertisements and "Your old chum the Editor [voiced by Alistair McGowan] deep in the bowels of Harpoon House".

  1. S01E01 Waiting For The Magazine (26.5Mb)
  2. S01E02 Looking Ahead To Autumn Issue (26.5Mb)
  3. S01E03 Laughing Through The Depression Issue (26.2Mb)
  4. S01E04 Under The Blankets (26.2Mb)
  5. S01ESP1 Winter Special (26.2Mb)
  6. S01ESP2 Christmas Special (26.5Mb)
  7. S02E01 Bumper Summer Edition (26.8Mb)
  8. S02E02 Behind The Bike Sheds (26.8Mb)
  9. S02E03 Lucky-Bag Disguise (26.8Mb)
  10. S02E04 1950s Edition (26.3Mb)
  11. S03E01 Wartime Edition (26.8Mb)
  12. S03E02 Crime Corner (26.3Mb)
  13. S03E03 Lathe Monthly (26.7Mb)
  14. S03E04 American Edition (26.7Mb)

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