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Spike Milligan - Author

About the Author

Spike Milligan was born in India in 1918 and his career as a musician, actor, poet, scriptwriter and novelist spans over fifty years. His first book was published in 1959, after which he published many volumes of poetry, scripts, novels, letters and general humour.


In 1992 Spike was awarded the CBE for his work as an entertainer, broadcaster and writer and in 1994 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards, Spike Milligan, one of Britain's most respected performers, died on 27 February 2002 at his family home in Sussex.

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The Goon Show: Volume 34 Four episodes of the anarchic BBC radio comedy

The Goon Show: Volume 34 Four episodes of the anarchic BBC radio comedy

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/05/2019

Four more episodes of the ground-breaking and anarchic radio comedy series starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 14

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 14

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in ten classic episodes of The Goon Show, plus a host of bonus features. Immensely popular and hugely influential, The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This fourteenth and final collection returns to the programme's fourth series and includes the episodes 'The History of Communications', 'The Kippered Herring Gang', 'The Tooth-Paste Expedition', 'The Case of the Vanishing Room', 'The Greatest Mountain in the World', 'Collapse of the British Railways Sandwich System', 'The Case of Agent X2 (aka The Silent Bugler)', 'The Story of Brain [sic] (aka Western Story)', 'The Saga of the Internal Mountain' and 'Bank of England Robbery'. Also included is the special satirical show The Starlings, recorded without an audience or orchestra, plus radio programmes including Vivat Milligna!, Growing Up with the Goons and Radio Fun: The Story of Radio Comedy Part 7. Documentary extracts include items from Kaleidoscope and Dad Made Me Laugh, as well as `The Disconnected Thoughts of Chairman Spike', featuring unused interview material from At Last the Go On Show. In addition, two physical booklets combine to tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves. Remastered using new material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show. Duration: 9 hours 35 mins approx.

The Goon Show: Volume 33 Four episodes of the anarchic BBC radio comedy

The Goon Show: Volume 33 Four episodes of the anarchic BBC radio comedy

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

Four classic episodes of the legendary BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Foiled by President Fred - Series 6, Episode 7 (1 November 1955) Personal Narrative - Series 7, Episode 8 (22 November 1956) Round the World in Eighty Days - Series 7, Episode 21 (21 February 1957) The Missing Boa Constrictor - Series 7, Episode 25 (21 March 1957) Goon but not forgotten! One of the most popular and influential comedy teams on radio, the Goons ruled the airwaves between 1951 and 1960. Their innovative, irreverent humour, inspired lunacy and surreal clowning set the trend for a new kind of comedy, and their legacy continues to endure today. In these four digitally-remastered episodes, written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens, gas meter inspector Seagoon heads to South America over an unpaid bill; Neddie Seagoon RN, Captain of HMS Resolute, faces the Dutch fleet in 1662; Lord Seagoon makes a wager with Count Moriarty, and Ned attempts to raffle a boa constrictor, leading to big trouble in Birmingham.

Goon Show: Volume 33

Goon Show: Volume 33

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

Four classic episodes of the legendary BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.Foiled by President Fred - Series 6, Episode 7 (1 November 1955)Personal Narrative - Series 7, Episode 8 (22 November 1956)Round the World in Eighty Days - Series 7, Episode 21 (21 February 1957)The Missing Boa Constrictor - Series 7, Episode 25 (21 March 1957)Goon but not forgotten! One of the most popular and influential comedy teams on radio, the Goons ruled the airwaves between 1951 and 1960. Their innovative, irreverent humour, inspired lunacy and surreal clowning set the trend for a new kind of comedy, and their legacy continues to endure today.In these four digitally-remastered episodes, written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens, gas meter inspector Seagoon heads to South America over an unpaid bill; Neddie Seagoon RN, Captain of HMS Resolute, faces the Dutch fleet in 1662; Lord Seagoon makes a wager with Count Moriarty, and Ned attempts to raffle a boa constrictor, leading to big trouble in Birmingham.

Thinking Sideways A BBC Celebration of Spike Milligan

Thinking Sideways A BBC Celebration of Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/04/2018

A centenary collection of the best BBC Radio programmes about the legendary Spike Milligan - including brand new documentary Spike Milligan: Inside Out Named for Spike's explanation of his sense of humour - `I'm Irish - we think sideways' - this BBC radio anthology, published to celebrate the centenary of his birth, provides unique insight into his genius. Spike Milligan: Inside Out sees Milligan admirer Michael Palin and Spike's daughter, Jane, chat through some of Spike's many audio recordings. Also included in this compilation is a wealth of archive material, much of it from 2012's The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered, presented by Spike's agent and friend Norma Farnes. In Milligan Chota Sahib, Spike recalls the excitement of his early life in India. Denis Norden pays tribute to his friend in Vivat Milligna: A Twenty-One Goon Salute, while In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Spike Milligan finds Spike telling Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact of shellshock on his mental health. Plus, we hear Spike's favourite Goon Show episode, Fear of Wages, some magical poems and Spike Milligan: The Serious Poet, an award-winning documentary in which Spike's three daughters discuss how their father's serious poetry reflected his life and personality.

Thinking Sideways

Thinking Sideways

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 26/04/2018

A centenary collection of the best BBC Radio programmes about the legendary Spike Milligan - including brand new documentary Spike Milligan: Inside OutNamed for Spike's explanation of his sense of humour - 'I'm Irish - we think sideways' - this BBC radio anthology, published to celebrate the centenary of his birth, provides unique insight into his genius.Spike Milligan: Inside Out sees Milligan admirer Michael Palin and Spike's daughter, Jane, chat through some of Spike's many audio recordings. Also included in this compilation is a wealth of archive material, much of it from 2012's The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered, presented by Spike's agent and friend Norma Farnes.In Milligan Chota Sahib, Spike recalls the excitement of his early life in India. Denis Norden pays tribute to his friend in Vivat Milligna: A Twenty-One Goon Salute, while In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Spike Milligan finds Spike telling Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact of shellshock on his mental health.Plus, we hear Spike's favourite Goon Show episode, Fear of Wages, some magical poemand Spike Milligan: The Serious Poet, an award-winning documentary in which Spike's three daughters discuss how their father's serious poetry reflected his life and personality.

Goon Show Compendium Volume 13

Goon Show Compendium Volume 13

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2017

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 7 early episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This 13th collection turns the clock back to the 1950s and the series' earliest surviving recordings. The episodes included are 'Harry Secombe Tracks Lo-Hing Ding', 'Handsome Harry Hunts for The Lost Drummer', 'The Failures of Handsome Harry Secombe', 'The Mystery of the Monkey's Paw', 'The Man Who Tried to Destroy London's Monuments', 'The Ghastly Experiments of Dr Hans Eidelburger', and 'The Missing Prime Minister'. Also featured are surviving extracts from 'The Search for the Bearded Vulture' and 'The Giant Bombardon'. A host of bonus features are included in the collection, including the 1991 programme 'At Last The Go On Show', 'Goon Again' and 'Just Before Goonrise' from 2001, 'Laughter in the Air' from 1979, 'Spike at 80' from 1998, various extracts from Desert Island Discs, and much more. A PDF booklet tells the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 13

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 13

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/11/2017

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 7 early episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This 13th collection turns the clock back to the 1950s and the series' earliest surviving recordings. The episodes included are 'Harry Secombe Tracks Lo-Hing Ding', 'Handsome Harry Hunts for The Lost Drummer', 'The Failures of Handsome Harry Secombe', 'The Mystery of the Monkey's Paw', 'The Man Who Tried to Destroy London's Monuments', 'The Ghastly Experiments of Dr Hans Eidelburger', and 'The Missing Prime Minister'. Also featured are surviving extracts from 'The Search for the Bearded Vulture' and 'The Giant Bombardon'. A host of bonus features are included in the collection, including the 1991 programme 'At Last The Go On Show', 'Goon Again' and 'Just Before Goonrise' from 2001, 'Laughter in the Air' from 1979, 'Spike at 80' from 1998, various extracts from Desert Island Discs, and much more. Two physical booklets and a PDF booklet combine to tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show. Duration: 10 hours approx

The Goon Show: Volume 32 Four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy

The Goon Show: Volume 32 Four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy

Author: Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/05/2017

Four more hilarious episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Forog - Series 5, Episode 13 (21 December 1954) The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street (aka The Terrible Blasting of Moreton's Bank) - Series 5, Episode 23 (1 March 1955) The Tale of Men's Shirts - Series 10, Episode 2 (31 December 1959)The Scarlet Capsule - Series 9, Episode 14 (2 February 1959) Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more anarchic clowning from one of the greatest ever radio comedy teams. The Goon Show ran on the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960, and influenced an entire generation of subsequent comedians. Its legacy has lasted over sixty years, with classic episodes continuing to divert and delight audiences worldwide. In these four digitally-remastered episodes, written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes, Ned tracks down the terrorists responsible for producing the artificial foreign fog that is blanketing London; Inspector Seagoon investigates a bank robbery; Neddie Seagoon stars in a tale of spies, counter-spies and exploding shirt-tails and Professor Ned Quatermass unravels a mystery around an unexplained Thing discovered deep below London. Duration: 1 hour 55 mins approx.

Goon Show: Volume 32

Goon Show: Volume 32

Author: Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

Four more hilarious episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Forog - Series 5, Episode 13 (21 December 1954) The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street (aka The Terrible Blasting of Moreton's Bank) - Series 5, Episode 23 (1 March 1955) The Tale of Men's Shirts - Series 10, Episode 2 (31 December 1959)The Scarlet Capsule - Series 9, Episode 14 (2 February 1959) Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more anarchic clowning from one of the greatest ever radio comedy teams. The Goon Show ran on the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960, and influenced an entire generation of subsequent comedians. Its legacy has lasted over sixty years, with classic episodes continuing to divert and delight audiences worldwide. In these four digitally-remastered episodes, written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes, Ned tracks down the terrorists responsible for producing the artificial foreign fog that is blanketing London; Inspector Seagoon investigates a bank robbery; Neddie Seagoon stars in a tale of spies, counter-spies and exploding shirt-tails and Professor Ned Quatermass unravels a mystery around an unexplained Thing discovered deep below London. Duration: 1 hour 55 mins approx.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 12 Ten episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series plus bonus features

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 12 Ten episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series plus bonus features

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/11/2016

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 10 rare episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This twelfth collection includes the episodes China Story, Foiled by President Fred, Tales of Old Dartmoor, The Macreekie Rising of '74, Robin Hood, Six Charlies in Search of an Author, Insurance - The White Man's Burden, The Red Fort and The Missing Ten Downing Street (aka Ten Downing Street Stolen), along with the 1972 reunion The Last Goon Show of All. Also included are numerous bonus archive items, including celebratory programmes Parkinson Meets The Goons and Heroes for a Time: 6 - The Goons. Here, too, are interviews and features taken from The Best of British Laughs: Peter Sellers, Robbie Vincent's Late Night London, It Takes All Sorts and more, as well as extracts from unedited studio recordings and rehearsals. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show. Duration: 10 hours approx

Goon Show Compendium Volume 12

Goon Show Compendium Volume 12

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2016

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 10 rare episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This twelfth collection includes the episodes China Story, Foiled by President Fred, Tales of Old Dartmoor, The Macreekie Rising of '74, Robin Hood, Six Charlies in Search of an Author, Insurance - The White Man's Burden, The Red Fort and The Missing Ten Downing Street (aka Ten Downing Street Stolen), along with the 1972 reunion The Last Goon Show of All. Also included are numerous bonus archive items, including celebratory programmes Parkinson Meets The Goons and Heroes for a Time: 6 - The Goons. Here, too, are interviews and features taken from The Best of British Laughs: Peter Sellers, Robbie Vincent's Late Night London, It Takes All Sorts and more, as well as extracts from unedited studio recordings and rehearsals. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.Duration: 10 hours approx

The Bible According to Spike Milligan

The Bible According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

The Old Testament: but more mad, more merry, more... Milligan! And God said, Let there be light; and there was light, but Eastern Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected. There have been many interpretations of the Old Testament over the centuries but never one quite like this. Spike Milligan has rewritten, in his own inimitable style, many of the best-known stories of the Old Testament, featuring characters like King my brain hurts Solomon, the great oaf of a giant Goliath and the lesser-known crossword clue, Hushai the Archite. Believers and non-believers alike will enjoy this hilarious re-working, where the jokes, jests and jibes tumble over each other from Chapter One, Verse One until kingdom come.

The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10) Twenty episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series

The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10) Twenty episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 19/11/2015

Twelve classic episodes of The Goon Show, plus the complete series of The Omar Khayyam Show, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show and a wealth of bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. This eleventh volume includes: Dishonoured - Again, The Scarlet Capsule, The Tay Bridge, The Gold Plate Robbery, The GBP50Cure, A Christmas Carol, The Tale of Men's Shirts, The Chinese Legs, Robin's Post, The Silver Dubloons, The Last Smoking Seagoon, The GPO Show, The Omar Khayyam Show: Ned Kelly, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Ashes, The Omar Khayyam Show: The PM's Trousers, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Flying Dustman; The Omar Khayyam Show: The America Cup, The Omar Khayyam Show: Waltzing Matilda, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items, including interviews with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and a rehearsal sequence from the soundtrack recording of The Lost Colony. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves, while a third PDF booklet details the history of TV spin-off The Telegoons.Duration: 11 hours approx.

Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10)

Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10)

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2015

Twelve classic episodes of The Goon Show, plus the complete series of The Omar Khayyam Show, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show and a wealth of bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. This eleventh volume includes: Dishonoured - Again, The Scarlet Capsule, The Tay Bridge, The Gold Plate Robbery, The GBP50Cure, A Christmas Carol, The Tale of Men's Shirts, The Chinese Legs, Robin's Post, The Silver Dubloons, The Last Smoking Seagoon, The GPO Show, The Omar Khayyam Show: Ned Kelly, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Ashes, The Omar Khayyam Show: The PM's Trousers, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Flying Dustman; The Omar Khayyam Show: The America Cup, The Omar Khayyam Show: Waltzing Matilda, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items, including interviews with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and a rehearsal sequence from the soundtrack recording of The Lost Colony. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves, while a third PDF booklet details the history of TV spin-off The Telegoons.Duration: 11 hours approx.

Silly Verse for Kids

Silly Verse for Kids

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Silly Verse for Kids - a hilarious collection of silly poems by Spike Milligan! A collection of the absurd, ridiculous, sublime and characteristically anarchic verse from the brilliant Spike Milligan. With his very own illustrations, this collection, which includes the famous On the Ning Nang Nong will make you laugh from the bottom of your belly - just like Spike did. The legendary and iconic figure, Spike Milligan was born at Ahmednagar in India in 1918. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He then plunged into the world of Show Business, seduced by his first stage appearance, at the age of eight, in the nativity play of his Poona convent school. He began his career as a band musician, but became famous as a humorous scriptwriter and actor in both films and broadcasting. He was the creator, principal writer and performer of the infamous Goon Show. Spike received an honorary CBE in 1992 and Knighthood in 2000. He died in 2002. Other children's books by Spike Milligan: Bald Twit Lion; Badjelly the Witch; Dip the Puppy; Sir Nobonk and the Terrible Dreadful Awful Naughty Nasty Dragon; A Children's Treasury of Milligan: Classic Stories and Poems; The Magical World of Milligan

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