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1 of 2 comic geniuses nicknamed “Spike” whose function was wildly successful in a number of mediums — another, needless to say, was Spike Jones — Spike Milligan was also not the only real brilliant comedian to have problems with mental instability. Others included the Us citizens W.C. Areas and Jonathan Winters, however in all three situations these problems triggered only short-term interruptions within the movement of madcap hilarity. To numerous listeners, Milligan is most beneficial known as area of the triumvirate that going in the Goons, starring for the Goon Show on the United kingdom Broadcasting Corporation for pretty much a decade from 1952. He was also an excellent writer, in charge of a string of books that could seem initially superficial but are very deep, influencing such afterwards British innovative spirits such as for example Billy Childish and Peter Blegvad. With regards to materials to slap for the record or Compact disc player, every one of the Milligan writings had been recorded with the musician himself as audiobooks, while the total background of the Goons on radio continues to be released more often than once inside a confusing group of reissues. Milligan was created in India to some father who was simply an Irish captain within the English army. Milligan resided in India until he was 15, an event that later arrived in quite useful when he and Goons co-star Peter Retailers began the custom of dueling Bengali accents. That Milligan a lot more than kept his own together with Sellers can be an apparent tribute towards the previous man’s comic presents. The third primary Goon was Sir Harry Secombe, an excellent musical and comic skill who is occasionally mistakenly known as the group’s directly guy; but make no mistake about any of it, there was nothing at all straight at about The Goon Display. When his family members moved back again to Britain, Milligan’s proclivity for interesting came to the top, beginning with a pastime in jazz that he by no means lost, eventually actually contributing liner records to some Stan Getz recording. Milligan spent a lot of his youngsters playing trumpet in a variety of jazz rings. He became a member of the English Army on the outbreak of the next World War, offering within the Royal Artillery with the North African and Italian promotions, where he finished up hospitalized for shell surprise. Following the battle, he became a member of the Goons at the same time when the United kingdom country was collectively questioning whether it could ever have the ability to have a good laugh again. The display became an enormous success, but developed enormous stresses for Milligan, who was simply composing the lion’s, or the loon’s, talk about from the scripts in addition to doing the tremendous weekly function of editing in sound files. In 1953, these deadlines had been blamed to get a mental break down that led to his hospitalization. He was identified as having manic despair and became a patron from the Manic Depressive Fellowship. Searching back again over his profession in television, movies, books, memoirs, and poetry, it could hardly be stated that the condition caused him a lot of a handicap. He was the favourite comic of Prince Charles even though upon agreeing to the United kingdom Comedy Prize for Lifetime Accomplishment he described the prince being a “groveling small bastard” on live tv. Milligan is also known as the godfather of substitute humor, his actions with and minus the Goons paving just how for virtually any sort of anarchic humor, from Monty Python’s Traveling Circus to South Recreation area. Following end from the Goon Present, he continued to create and superstar in the tv screen sketch series entitled Q. Many characters from your Goon Display also appeared inside a film he made out of Retailers, The Muckinese Battlehorn. In his old age, a more severe side surfaced as Milligan became a vocal supporter of environmental problems and vegetarianism.

Quick Facts


Full Name Spike Milligan
Died February 27, 2002, Rye, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Poet, Comedian, Soldier, Musical performer, Playwright, Screenwriter
Nationality Irish
Spouse Shelagh Sinclair, Patricia Ridgeway, June Marlow
Children Jane Milligan, Silé Harrower, Seán Milligan, Laura Milligan, Romany Milligan, James Milligan
Parents Florence Mary Winifred Kettleband, Leo Alphonso Milligan
Siblings Desmond Milligan
Awards British Academy Television Writer Award, British Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy
Music Songs The Ying Tong Song, Silly Old Baboon, The Q5 Piano Tune, Tale of Men's Shirts, Purple Aeroplane, English Teeth, Ning Nang Nong, The Scarlet Capsule, Badjelly the Witch, RAF Interview, Wormwood Scrubs Tango, I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas, I've Got That Photograph Of You, The Sewers Of The Strand, Bridge On The River Wye, Another Lot, Will I Find My Love Today, Dr. David Mantle, Tower Bridge, Postman's Knock, Cougher Royal, I'm Walking Out With A Mountain, You Gotta Go Oow, Word Power, Hit Parade, Underneath It All, Frank J Itchikutchi, Fun Fun Fun, Silent Night, My Darling Little Baby, Nothing at All, Escape
Albums Bridge on the River Wye, Bad Jelly the Witch (A Musical Tale) And Other Goodies, The Goon Shows In Memory, Preserved, Spike, The Spike Milligan Collection, EMI Comedy: Spike Milligan
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance
Movies Monty Python's Life of Brian, The Three Musketeers, Yellowbeard, Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Bed Sitting Room, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, What a Whopper, Ghost in the Noonday Sun, The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rentadick, The Great McGonagall, Penny Points to Paradise, The Cherry Picker, The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn, Down Among the Z Men, Fantastic Animation Festival, Postman's Knock, Invasion Quartet, Cucumber Castle, The Big Freeze, Let's Go Crazy, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, The World of Peter Sellers, Barney
TV Shows The Telegoons, Curry and Chips, Oh In Colour, Not Only... But Also, Q..., Gormenghast, Wolves, Witches and Giants, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, The World of Beachcomber, The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d, A Show Called Fred, Son of Fred, There's A Lot Of It About, Milligan's Wake


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#Fact
1 He was awarded an Honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to entertainment.
2 A memorial service was held for him at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on 24 June 2002.
3 While in World War II, he put on shows to pass the time with entertainment.
4 Once made out his autograph to a then unknown David Jason, which Jason treasured. Milligan later wrote the Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town for The Two Ronnies (1971), and Jason provided them (which he claims to be a master at).
5 He became an Honorary Knight Bachelor in the 2001 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to Entertainment.
6 Is portrayed by Edward Tudor-Pole in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).
7 He considered Aladdin (1992) to be the greatest film of all time.
8 Roald Dahl had wanted Spike to play his character "Willy Wonka" on the big screen. The studio instead chose Gene Wilder.
9 When Peter Sellers and Stanley Kubrick were stuck for an ending for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), it was Milligan who suggested the use of the Vera Lynn song "We'll Meet Again".
10 The inscription on his tombstone reads "Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite", which is Irish for "I told you I was ill.".
11 Was a member of the Bill Hall Trio, a very successful jazz band near and after the end of WWII. While the band was touring in Yugoslavia, Spike found himself completely without money, and joined the local Communist party in order to recieve a free meal.
12 George Martin, the producer of The Beatles, was the best man at his second wedding.
13 His poetry is strongly influenced by Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.
14 Was a skilled musician, and played the trumpet and guitar professionaly during the second world war.
15 In October 1964 he appeared in "Oblomov", a play based on a book of the same name by Ivan Goncharov. The play was not a comedy, and he had intended to play his role seriously. However, the play was unsuccessful until Spike began to ab lib. After five weeks of success with the now transformed play it was renamed "Son of Oblomov", changed theaters, and continued to be a hit for several months.
16 Wrote a series of books detailing his experiences in World War Two and afterwards: "Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall", "Rommel? Gunner Who?", "Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall", "Goodbye Soldier", "Monty: My Part In His Victory", "Peace Work", "Where Have All the Bullets Gone?".
17 Once anonymously placed an advert in the 'lonely hearts' section of England's Private Eye magazine which said 'Wanted - rich elderly widow
  • object, murder', and got several replies.
18 Spike has at last been officially recognised by the establishment. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2000 New Years honours list. But because he's an Irish citizen (he refused to take the oath of loyalty when he became stateless in 1960, despite spending 7 years on active service in the British Army) he can only be awarded an honorary knighthood.
19 Spike's parents and brother Desmond moved out to Woy-Woy, New South Wales, Australia. Spike often visited them out there.
20 His family came back to England in 1933 when his father was retired from the British Army in India.
21 Spike has a younger brother, Desmond Milligan.
22 Spike had a son (James Maughan-Milligan) after an affair with Margaret Maughan in 1975.
23 Spike had a daughter (Romany) by a Canadian journalist in 1975.
24 Spike and Paddy had a daughter (Jane Milligan) in 1964.
25 Spike and June had three children, Laura Milligan, Sean and Sile (born in 1956).
26 In 1994 was awarded a British Comedy award for Lifetime Achievement, where he famously referred to Prince Charles as a "little grovelling bastard" live on TV.
27 Son of Captain L.A. Milligan MSM RA (retd).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rita and Wally 1968 TV Series The Pest Exterminator
Sad/Happy Ending Story of the Bald Twit Lion 1967 TV Movie Narrator
Fish and Milligan 1966 Short Fisherman
Milligan's Wake 1964 TV Series Various Roles (1964-1965)
The Telegoons 1963-1964 TV Series Eccles Moriarty Minnie Bannister
Postman's Knock 1962 Harold Petts
What a Whopper 1961 Tramp
Invasion Quartet 1961 Godfrey Pringle
Alice Through the Looking Box 1960 TV Movie The White Rabbit
The Risk 1960 Arthur, lab orderly
Watch Your Stern 1960 Ranjid - Civilian Electrician #1
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film 1959 Short uncredited
Alfred Marks Time 1959 TV Series
A Short History of Man and Music: Part 2 1957 TV Short
Pantomania, or Dick Whittington 1956 TV Movie
Son of Fred 1956 TV Series Various Characters
Hancock's Half Hour 1956 TV Series
A Show Called Fred 1956 TV Series Various Characters
The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d 1956 TV Series Various Characters
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn 1956 Short Sgt. Brown / Eccles / Catchpole Burkington / ...
A Kid for Two Farthings 1955 Indian with Grey Beard (uncredited)
Calling All Cars 1954 Short Freddie the Taxi (voice, as Spike 'Goon' Milligan)
Don't Spare the Horses 1952 TV Series
Down Among the Z Men 1952 Pvt. Eccles
Goonreel 1952 TV Movie Various
Let's Go Crazy 1951 Short Eccles / Waiter (uncredited)
Penny Points to Paradise 1951 Spike Donnelly
Gormenghast 2000 TV Mini-Series De'Ath
Wolves, Witches and Giants 1995-1998 TV Series Narrator / Molly / The Giant / ...
The Big Freeze 1993 TV Movie Der Schauspieler
The Great Bong 1993 TV Series voice
Mr. H Is Late 1988 TV Short Roadsweeper
In Sickness and in Health 1987 TV Series Fancy Fred
The Ratties 1987 TV Series Narrator (voice)
Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol 1985 TV Movie Ghost Of Marley
Super Gran 1985 TV Series Zoo Keeper
No 73 1985 TV Series
Yellowbeard 1983 Flunkie
There's a Lot of It About 1982 TV Series Various Characters
History of the World: Part I 1981 Monsieur Rimbaud - The French Revolution
Here Comes Channel 8 1980 TV Movie Elderly version of himself
Q5 1969-1980 TV Series Various Characters
Life of Brian 1979 Spike
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978 Policeman
Dot and the Kangaroo 1977 Mr. Platypus (voice)
The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 Crumble
Fantastic Animation Festival 1977 Narrator: "Moonshadow"
Lost in the Wild 1976 Hawker
Comedy Playhouse 1975 TV Series Mr. Van Gogh
The Melting Pot 1975 TV Series Mr. Van Gogh
The Great McGonagall 1975 William McGonagall
The Last Turkey in the Shop Show 1974 TV Short Various Characters
Man About the House 1974 Spike Milligan
Till Death Us Do Part 1970-1974 TV Series Paki-Paddy / Indian Train Passenger / Kevin O'Grady
The Cherry Picker 1974 Mr. Lal
Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 Bill Bombay
The Three Musketeers 1973 M. Bonacieux
Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World 1973 Dr. Harz
Milligan in... 1972-1973 TV Series Various Characters
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 1973 Spike's Father
Moonshadow 1972 Short Narrator (voice)
Rentadick 1972 Customs officer
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1972 Gryphon
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1972 Landlord
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971-1972 TV Series Various Characters
Private Eye TV 1971 TV Movie
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins 1971 Tramp (segment "Sloth")
An Apple a Day 1971 TV Movie Arnold Thrust
Jackanory 1971 TV Series Storyteller
'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town 1970 TV Movie E.W. Mackney
Cucumber Castle 1970 TV Movie The Court Jester
Oh in Colour 1970 TV Series Various Characters
Not Only... But Also 1966-1970 TV Series In 'Poets Cornered'
Curry & Chips 1969 TV Series Kevin O'Grady
The Magic Christian 1969 Traffic Warden 27
The Undertakers 1969 Short Great Bossakzi
The World of Beachcomber 1968-1969 TV Series Dr. Strabismus
Decidedly Dusty 1969 TV Series
Whatever Next? 1969 TV Series Shylock
The Bed Sitting Room 1969 Mate

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Two Ronnies Sketchbook 2005 TV Series sketch series "The Phantom Raspberry Blower"
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute 2002 TV Movie
Puckoon 2002 novel
The Two Ronnies at the Movies 1999 TV Movie
Australia 1987 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Last Laugh Before TV-am 1985 TV Movie
There's a Lot of It About 1982 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Q5 1969-1980 TV Series writer - 29 episodes
The Two Ronnies 1976 TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Punch Review 1975 TV Series
Comedy Playhouse 1975 TV Series 1 episode
The Melting Pot 1975 TV Series 1 episode
The Great McGonagall 1975
The Last Turkey in the Shop Show 1974 TV Short
Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 additional dialogue
Milligan in... 1973 TV Series script - 2 episodes
Full House 1973 TV Series poems - 1 episode
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 1973 based on the novel by
The Last Goon Show of All 1972 TV Movie
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971-1972 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins 1971 screenplay - segment "Sloth"
Six Dates with Barker 1971 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Oh in Colour 1970 TV Series
The World of Beachcomber 1969 TV Series additional material - 2 episodes
The Bed Sitting Room 1969 play
The Goon Show 1968 TV Short
Sad/Happy Ending Story of the Bald Twit Lion 1967 TV Movie
Milligan's Wake 1964 TV Series
The Telegoons 1963-1964 TV Series writer - 22 episodes
Postman's Knock 1962 additional dialogue
Spike Milligan Meets Joe Brown 1961 Short
Spike Milligan: A Series of Unrelated Incidents at Current Market Value 1961 TV Movie
Sykes and A... 1960 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film 1959 Short thoughts by
A Short History of Man and Music: Part 2 1957 TV Short writer
Son of Fred TV Series scriptwriter - 1 episode, 1956 writer - 1 episode, 1956
A Show Called Fred 1956 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d 1956 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn 1956 Short additional material
Home and Dry 1955 TV Mini-Series script - 1 episode
The Frankie Howerd Show 1953 TV Movie
The Super Secret Service 1953 Short
Goonreel 1952 TV Movie
Let's Go Crazy 1951 Short uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Call the Midwife 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas"
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dot and the Kangaroo 1977 performer: "Platypus Duet"
The Great McGonagall 1975 writer: "This Goodbye", "McGonagall Lilt", "McGonagall Theme"
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1972 performer: "Will You Walk A Little Faster, Said A Whiting To A Snail"
Down Among the Z Men 1952 performer: "Down Among the Z Men" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q5 1975 TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Milligan in... 1973 TV Series music and lyrics by - 2 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q5 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Penny Points to Paradise 1951

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 uncredited

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heroes of Comedy 1997 TV Series documentary drawings - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 2009 Documentary thanks
In the Best Possible Taste: A Tribute to Kenny Everett 1995 TV Movie documentary thanks
Comic Roots 1983 TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heroes of Comedy 1995-2002 TV Series documentary Himself / Various
The Nations' Favourite Children's Poem 2001 TV Special Himself
Wild About Harry: A Tribute to Sir Harry Secombe 2001 TV Special Himself
What a Performance! 2000 TV Series Himself
The Unknown Peter Sellers 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The 11 O'Clock Show 2000 TV Series Himself
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything 1999 TV Special
The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story 1999 TV Special short Himself
Everyman 1977-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Room 101 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Is Your Life 1973-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
A Royal Birthday Celebration 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Big Hand for Sooty 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Spike Night 1998 TV Series Himself
Labour's Old Romantic 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Friend
Spike 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
An Evening with Spike Milligan 1996 TV Movie Himself
Clive Anderson Talks Back 1995 TV Series Himself
Have I Got News for You 1995 TV Series Himself
In the Best Possible Taste: A Tribute to Kenny Everett 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Omnibus 1974-1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Writer & Performer / Himself
Arena 1993-1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Wham! Bam! Strawberry Jam! 1995 TV Series Himself
Takin' Over the Asylum 1994 TV Mini-Series Himself
World in Action 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
Highway 1991 TV Series Himself
You Bet! 1988-1991 TV Series Himself
Tonight with Jonathan Ross 1991 TV Series Himself
The Happening 1991 TV Movie Himself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard 1990 TV Series Himself
Des O'Connor Tonight 1989 TV Series Himself
Wogan 1987-1989 TV Series Himself
New Faces 1988 TV Series Himself - Judge
Parkinson One to One 1987 TV Series
Bernard Miles on the Halls 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Looks Familiar 1976-1986 TV Series Himself - Guest
Spike 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
Last Laugh Before TV-am 1985 TV Movie Himself
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (London Royal Gala) 1985 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Pob's Programme 1985 TV Series Himself
Blankety Blank 1981-1984 TV Series Himself
Home on Sunday 1984 TV Series Himself
Surprise Surprise! 1984 TV Series Himself
The Bob Monkhouse Show 1983 TV Series Himself
Comic Roots 1983 TV Series Himself
Group Madness 1983 Documentary Himself
The Saturday Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 1971-1982 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night at the Mill 1979-1981 TV Series Himself
The Diana Dors Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Lena 1981 TV Series Himself
Chaos Supersedes E.N.S.A.. 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Interviewee
The Don Lane Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Every Night Something Atrocious 1980 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
Earth Patrol 1979 TV Series Himself
M'Lords... Ladies and Gentlemen... 1978 TV Series Himself
Tell Me Another 1977 TV Series Himself
The Big Time 1976 TV Series documentary Himself
The Sweepstakes Game 1976 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Aquarius 1973 TV Series Himself
Full House 1973 TV Series Himself - Poem reader
Walk Across Britain: Right to Work 1973 Documentary short Themself
2Gs and the Pop People 1972 TV Series Himself
John & Yoko in Syracuse, New York 1972 TV Short documentary Himself
The Last Goon Show of All 1972 TV Movie Himself Count Moriarty Eccles ...
Right to Work March 1972 Short Himself
Wildlife Spectacular 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Where Do I Sit? 1971 TV Series Himself
The Other Spike 1970 TV Movie Himself
Film Night 1970 TV Series Himself
Score with the Scaffold 1970 TV Series Himself
With a Little Help from my Friends 1969 TV Movie Himself
Will the Real Mr Sellers.....? 1969 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Once More with Felix 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Goon Show 1968 TV Short Himself Minnie Bannister Eccles ...
Hullabaloo 1968 TV Series Himself
Whatever Next? 1968 TV Series Himself - 'Shylock'
Now and Then 1967 TV Series documentary short Himself
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Himself
Come Here Often 1967 TV Series Himself-occasional guest
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1964-1967 TV Series Himself
The Heart of Show Business 1967 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Secombe and Friends 1966 TV Special Himself
Juke Box Jury 1960-1966 TV Series Himself - Panellist
A Whole Scene Going 1966 TV Series Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1965 1965 TV Special Himself
The New London Palladium Show 1965 TV Series
Don't Say a Word 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
Billy Cotton Band Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Spike Milligan Meets Joe Brown 1961 Short Himself - Interviewer (voice)
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Spike Milligan: A Series of Unrelated Incidents at Current Market Value 1961 TV Movie Himself
Laugh Line 1960-1961 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960 TV Series Himself
Portrait of a Goon 1959 TV Short documentary Himself
Secombe and Friends 1959 TV Mini-Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1958 TV Series documentary Himself
Off the Record 1956-1958 TV Series Himself - Performer
Six-Five Special 1957 TV Series Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1957 TV Series Himself
A Christmas Cracker 1956 TV Movie Himself
Secombe Here! 1955 TV Mini-Series Himself
Variety Parade 1955 TV Series Himself
London Entertains 1951 Documentary Himself (as The Goons)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ghost of Peter Sellers 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Last Impresario 2013 Documentary Himself
Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Advert for Min
Timeshift 2007-2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Goon Show / Himself - Storyteller, Jackanory
Perspectives 2012 TV Series documentary Himself / Various
A Current Affair 2011 TV Series Himself
The Unforgettable Spike Milligan 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Unforgettable Harry Secombe 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
John Nettles Applauds 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! 2008 Documentary Himself
Comedy Connections 2008 TV Series documentary Kevin O'Grady
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Adolf Hitler Pakistani Dalek (uncredited)
All the Best from Denis Norden 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Secret Life of Brian 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself / Spike (uncredited)
The Unseen Spike Milligan 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan 2005 Documentary Himself
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary
Living Famously 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Barry Humphries Gives Us the Good Oil 2003 Video
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' 2002 Video Himself
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute 2002 TV Movie Himself / Various Characters
Heroes of Comedy 2002 TV Series documentary
The Paranormal Peter Sellers 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sketch Show Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Various Characters
Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip 1996 TV Special Himself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis 1993 TV Movie documentary Pakistani Dalek (uncredited)
TV Heroes 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Clapper Board 1980 TV Series
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Lifetime Achievement Award British Comedy Awards
1957 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Writer

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Personality Curry & Chips (1969)
1970 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Bed Sitting Room (1969) · Richard Lester (director)
· John Antrobus (play/screenplay)
· Charles Wood (adaptation)


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#Quote
1 [on Chris Evans] He is without any talent. All he can do is small talk. The smartest thing I ever heard him say was "good morning". The moment I saw him talking, I thought "you're an idiot". The best I can wish him is an early death.
2 [on Peter Sellers] I think his mother had gained such an incredible influence over him that he virtually abdicated his own rights to any individual personality. Finally, he had to invade other bodies to register at all. He had to inhabit, he was like a ghoul, he had to feast off somebody else! But he did it so well, it became an art. He was not a genius, Sellers, he was a freak.
3 [on Rik Mayall and his kind of comedy] Rik Mayall is putrid. Absolutely vile. He thinks nose-picking is funny and farting and all that. He is the arsehole of British comedy.
4 A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
5 [on his 62nd birthday] Any man can be 62, but it takes a bus to be 62A.
6 The fondest memory I have is not really of the Goons. It's of a girl called Julia with enormous breasts.
7 I don't mind dying - I just don't want to be there.
8 World peace could be a possibility...if it weren't for all those damned foreigners!
9 Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy. - Puckoon 1963


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