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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 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

The Goon Show: Volume 31 Four episodes of the classic BBC Radio comedy

The Goon Show: Volume 31 Four episodes of the classic BBC Radio comedy

Author: Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/05/2015

Four episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. During the course of these four digitally-remastered episodes, London is beseiged by birds and Winston Seagoon battles the Big Brother Corporation. The episodes included are: The Starlings - Series 4 Special (31 August 1954), The Missing Scroll - Series 5, Episode 19 (1 February 1955), Nineteen Eighty-Five - Series 5, Episode 20 (8 February 1955), and The Man Who Won the War (AKA Seagoon MCC) - Series 6, Episode 1 (20 September 1955). Please note: Nineteen Eighty-Five is a remake of the same titled episode from 4 January 1955, previously available on The Goon Show Volume 5.

Goon Show: Volume 31

Goon Show: Volume 31

Author: Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2015

Four episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. During the course of these four digitally-remastered episodes, London is beseiged by birds and Winston Seagoon battles the Big Brother Corporation. The episodes included are: The Starlings - Series 4 Special (31 August 1954), The Missing Scroll - Series 5, Episode 19 (1 February 1955), Nineteen Eighty-Five - Series 5, Episode 20 (8 February 1955), and The Man Who Won the War (AKA Seagoon MCC) - Series 6, Episode 1 (20 September 1955).Please note: Nineteen Eighty-Five is a remake of the same titled episode from 4 January 1955, previously available on The Goon Show Volume 5.

The Goon Show, Compendium 10 (series 9, Part 1) The classic BBC radio comedy series

The Goon Show, Compendium 10 (series 9, Part 1) The classic BBC radio comedy series

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/03/2015

Twelve episodes of the groundbreaking show starring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers. Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary radio series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This collection of episodes is taken from the first part of the ninth series, first broadcast in 1958-59. The episodes included are The Sahara Desert Statue; I Was Monty's Treble; The GBP100,000 Penny, The Pam's Paper Insurance Policy; The Mountain Eaters; The Childe Harolde Rewarde; The Seagoon Memoirs; Queen Anne's Rain; The Battle of Spion Kop; Ned's Atomic Dustbin; Who Is Pink Oboe? and The Call of the West. Also included are a number of bonus items.

Goon Show, Compendium 10 (series 9, Part 1)

Goon Show, Compendium 10 (series 9, Part 1)

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2015

Twelve episodes of the groundbreaking show starring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers. Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary radio series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This collection of episodes is taken from the first part of the ninth series, first broadcast in 1958-59. The episodes included are The Sahara Desert Statue; I Was Monty's Treble; The GBP100,000 Penny, The Pam's Paper Insurance Policy; The Mountain Eaters; The Childe Harolde Rewarde; The Seagoon Memoirs; Queen Anne's Rain; The Battle of Spion Kop; Ned's Atomic Dustbin; Who Is Pink Oboe? and The Call of the West. Also included are a number of bonus items.

Badjelly The Witch A Fairy Story

Badjelly The Witch A Fairy Story

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

Badjelly The Witch can turn children into sausages or chop them up to make boy-girl soup. She can turn policemen into apple trees or bananas into mice and she is the wickedest witch in all the world. Searching for Lucy, their cow, Tim and Rose become lost in the great black forest. There they meet Binklebonk the Tree Goblin, Mudwiggle the worm, Silly Sausage the grasshopper and Dinglemouse. When they are captured by Badjelly, it is Dinglemouse who saves them by escaping and fetching his friend Jim the Giant Eagle. A charming fairy tale which has delighted children for many years, this edition is copiously illustrated with Spike Milligan's own drawings which have been specially adapted and beautifully hand coloured.

Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Spike Milligan's letters contain some of the best material he ever wrote . . . Collected here for the first time are the funniest, rudest and most revealing of them - most of which have never been seen before - from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects): - rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?') - backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension') - heartfelt apologies ('pardon me for being alive') and the imbalance of male and female ducks in London's parks. Here, then, is the real Spike Miligan: obsessive, rude, generous and relentlessly witty. 'Milligan's zaniness shines through' Telegraph 'The godfather of alternative comedy' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

The The Goon Show Compendium The Goon Show Compendium Volume Nine: Vintage Goons Vintage Goons

The The Goon Show Compendium The Goon Show Compendium Volume Nine: Vintage Goons Vintage Goons

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/08/2014

Thirteen remastered episodes of the legendary series, plus bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking radio series changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this collection presents the available episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items including extracts from cast rehearsals. Two illustrated booklets 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 bound to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show. 7 CDs. 7 hrs 19 mins.

The Goon Show Volume 30: Well Known In Concentric Circles

The Goon Show Volume 30: Well Known In Concentric Circles

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens, Spike MilliganLarry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/04/2013

More surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. Goon but not forgotten! In these digitally-remasterd episodes, Ned Seagoon, who is bored at the bank where works, decides to run away - with the bank's money. Also, Neddie follows a trail of cold batter puddings to North Africa; has his snow-plough stolen during the Great English Blizzard and is approached by Mandarin Grytpype-Thynne and General Kash-Mai-Chek to participate in an audacious financial coup. Includes: Dishonoured or The Fall of Neddie Seagoon - Series 5, Episode 12 (14 December 1954); The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea) - Series 5, second performance (not transmitted); The Hastings Flyer - Robbed - Series 6, Episode 15 (27 December 1955) and China Story - Series 6, second performance, National Radio Show (29 August 1956). 2 CDs. 2 hrs.

Peace Work

Peace Work

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2012

Peace Work is volume seven of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'I had not informed my parents of my return, I wanted it to be a lovely surprise; it was, for me, they were away ...' The seventh and last volume of Spike Milligan's memoirs sees our hero returning from war and Italy ... but to what? Aside from shooting large, inaccurate guns at Germans, all he has done for five long years is blow a trumpet, tell rude jokes and write and perform sketches for the entertainment of bored and murderous soldiers - who on earth is going to pay a civilian to do more of that? From the giddy heights of Hackney Empire to a Zurich Freak Show and beyond, Spike makes his way through the backwaters of showbiz, first as band musician then as one-man wild-act and eventually in the company of a group of like-minded comedians called Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. They decide to call themselves The Goons... 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Goodbye Soldier

Goodbye Soldier

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2012

Goodbye Soldier is volume six of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'My namer is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni.''I'm Spike,' sometimes known as stop thief or hey you.'Yeser, I know.' The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ('Arghhhhhhhhh!). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does ... 'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Where Have All the Bullets Gone?

Where Have All the Bullets Gone?

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2012

Where Have All the Bullets Gone? is volume five of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'Back to those haunting days in Italy in 1944, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, with lava running in great red rivulets down the slope towards us, and Jock taking a drag on his cigarette and saying, I think we've got grounds for a rent rebate. ' The fifth volume of Spike Milligan's unsurpassed account of life as a Bombardier in World War Two sees our hero dispatched from the front line to psychiatric hospital and from there to a rehabilitation camp. Considered loony (and 'unfit to be killed in combat by either side'), he becomes embroiled in his own private battle with melancholy. But it is music, wit and a little help from his friends - including one Gunner Harry Secombe - that help carry him through to his first stage appearances ... 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?' A Confrontation in the Desert

'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?' A Confrontation in the Desert

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2012

Rommel? Gunner Who?: A Confrontation in the Desert is volume two of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'Keep talking, Milligan. I think I can get you out on Mental Grounds.''That's how I got in, sir.''Didn't we all.' The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa - eventually. First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('We had been standing by vehicles for an hour and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'), psychological toughening ('If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it') and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them... 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Monty His Part in My Victory

Monty His Part in My Victory

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2012

Monty: His Part in My Victory is volume three of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'It's all over, Von Arnheim has surrendered and he's very angry.''This could mean war...' The third volume of Spike Milligan's laugh-a-line account of life as a gunner in World War Two resumes on the eve of victory in North Africa. Now Britain's looniest war hero must combat some of the direst threats a soldier has ever faced - boredom ('Christ, I just thought of Catford'), a cold ('In this weather?' 'Yed.'), moving camp ('It's a sort of Brighton with camels'), relaxing on the beach ('Life was golden, and we were the assayers'), moving camp again ('We're already somewhere else'), a visit to Carthage ('It's terrible, it's like Catford') and a perilous encounter with the gloriously endowed Mademoiselle Villion (' Help! massage, I said weakly'). Against the odds, they survive and are sent at last to Italy to be killed... 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Mussolini His Part in My Downfall

Mussolini His Part in My Downfall

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2012

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall is volume four of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. A voice is calling across the land, Bombardier Milligan. Bombadier Milligan is dead, I replied in a disguised voice.The voice replied, Then he's going to miss his breakfast. The fourth volume of Spike Milligan's legendary account of his time in the army during World War Two begins as he and his regiment land in sunny Italy in 1943 ('The ship touched the beach very gently, so gently I suspect it's not insured'). After a bout of Sandfly Fever, from which he soon recovers ('I'm ready to be killed again'), our plucky hero is piddled on by a farm dog ('Mussolini's revenge?') before forging his way inland towards the enemy and the sound of guns ('We're getting near civilisation'), where matters suddenly take a dark turn ('I was not really me any more') ... 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Milligan's Meaning of Life An Autobiography of Sorts

Milligan's Meaning of Life An Autobiography of Sorts

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Milligan's Meaning of Life is a glorious celebration of the legendary Spike Milligan. Here you will find his most intimate and hilarious reflections on life. With his lightning-quick wit, unbridled creativity and his ear for the absurd, Milligan revolutionised British comedy. Throughout his life, Milligan also wrote prolifically - scripts, poetry, fiction, as well as several volumes of memoir, in which he took an entirely idiosyncratic approach to the truth. In this ground-breaking work, Norma Farnes, his long-time manager, companion, counsellor and confidante, gathers together the loose threads, reads between the lines and draws on the full breadth of his writing to present his life in his own words: an autobiography - of sorts. From his childhood in India, through his early career as a jazz musician and sketch-show entertainer, his spells in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Artillery, to that fateful first broadcast of The Goon Show and beyond into the annals of comedy history, this is the autobiography Milligan never wrote. 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Adolf Hitler My Part in his Downfall

Adolf Hitler My Part in his Downfall

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2012

Adolf Hitler: My Part on His Downfall is volume One of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs. 'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked This is your enemy . I searched every compartment, but he wasn't on the train . . .' In this, the first of Spike Milligan's uproarious recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939 ('it must have been something we said'), through his attempts to avoid enlistment ('time for my appendicitus, I thought') and his gunner training in Bexhill ('There was one drawback. No ammunition') to the landing at Algiers in 1943 ('I closed my eyes and faced the sun. I fell down a hatchway'). Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese. 'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Goon Show Classics Volume 1 (Vintage Beeb)

Goon Show Classics Volume 1 (Vintage Beeb)

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/02/2012

The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea: No fewer than 38 Batter Puddings have been hurled at Minnie Bannister, the world famous poker player. (Give her a good poker and she'll play any tune you like.) A madman is at large so it's time to call in Scotland Yard! The Histories of Pliny the Elder: The mighty Julius Caesar has invaded Ancient Briton, only to be greeted by none other than Eccles. Undeterred, Caesar and the might of the Roman army prepare for battle, while the Britons prepare for a game of football. However, Caracticus Seagoon will never surrender to Rome - he will fight them up the hill and down Mrs Dale. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD and download for the first time ever. 1 CD. 56 mins.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles: According to Spike Milligan

The Hound Of The Baskervilles: According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr Watson, are working together once more to solve the mystery at Baskerville Hall. This time, however, there's something fishy about the hound, a woman cries in the night, Guiness and Newcastle Brown are taken intravenously and the Berlin Philharmonic keep running out of things to play...

Treasure Island According To Spike Milligan

Treasure Island According To Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

In this last of Spike's hilarious reinterpretations of the classic works of litarature, all the familiar faces of Robert Louis Stevenson's original version appear: Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver. But they are joined by Groucho Marx - and Long John's parrot plays a starring role. This rip-roaring adventure of the hunt for buried treasure unravels faster than Ben Gunn's pants, with plenty of laughs along the way. Rude and irreverent as ever, Spike's rendering of this classic tale is as chock-full of gems as Cap'n Flint's treasure chest.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume One: Series 5, Part 1

The Goon Show Compendium Volume One: Series 5, Part 1

Author: Spike Milligan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/04/2008

Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary 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 of original broadcast date. This volume includes: The Whistling Spy Enigma, The Lost Gold Mine (of Charlotte), The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea), The Phantom Head Shaver (of Brighton), The Affair of the Lone Banana, The Canal, Lurgi Strikes Britain! (aka Lurgi Strikes Again), The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (solved), The Last Tram (from Clapham), The Booted Gorilla (found?), The Spanish Suitcase, Dishonoured or The Fall of Neddie Seagoon and Forog. Also featured are some rare archive bonus items, including out-takes and the programme Me and My Shadows: Peter Sellers. Two illustrated booklets 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. The majority of the episodes on this first volume have been previously released on cassette and CD but their sound here has been remastered using new source material and technology. 7 CDs. 7 hrs.

The Compulsive Spike Milligan

The Compulsive Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2005

This second superb collected work of one of Britain's best-loved comedians is an excellent companion to the sensational original, `The Essential Spike Milligan'. Spanning his 50-year career and incorporating a rich and varied range of material, this second anthology is as wonderfully unmissable as the first. When Spike Milligan died in 2002, he left behind one of the most diverse legacies in British entertainment history - as well as a legion of devoted fans and admirers. His themes ranged from environmental issues to the war, from nostalgia to depression, and his prolific output covers some of the most evocative events of the twentieth century, in a style both twistedly comic and harrowingly honest. The huge success of the Spike Milligan anthology, `The Essential Spike Milligan', has inspired a second raid on the original brilliant source. Milligan was arguably the most one of the prolific and mould-breaking comic writers of the twentieth century and this second anthology gives another opportunity to sample his finest writing. It includes more of the best from his war memoirs and novel Puckoon, his children's stories, poetry and drawings plus a wonderful collection from his voluminous correspondence from the 1960s onwards with such varied recipients as the House of Commons, the Director-General of the BBC, Private Eye and British Telecom. A compulsive read for all Milligan fans.

Goon Show

Goon Show

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Goon but not forgotten! Here's a crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. GO ON - in search of The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea. The trail is still warm (we hate cold batter pudding). Or join Brutus Moriartus and Caractacus Seagoon in ancient Roman epic The Histories of Pliny the Elder (they'll fight up hill and down Mrs Dale). Take tea with Bluebottle on The Jet Propelled Guided NAAFI and go lamp-post hunting in The Evils of Bushey Spon. Yes folks, it's those highly esteemed wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe. What's the Tiber? Half past niber. When in Rome...

Goon Show

Goon Show

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Goon but not forgotten. From 1951 to 1960 the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. Join Seagoon as he attempts to save Britain from the dreaded Lurgi (oh, yackaboo!) in Lurgi Strikes Britain; accompany him on safari as he searches for the long-forgotten fragments of The International Christmas Pudding; tinkle with Napoleon's Piano in the Louvre and get a touch of ying-tong-iddle-i-po on the trail of The Flea. Only the highly-esteemed talking-type Goon Show can allow you to do this through another crazy quartet of cult comedy classics from Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. Have a gorilla? No thanks, I only smoke baboons. Yes, folks, it's The Baboon Show!

Goon Again

Goon Again

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Using scripts by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens, The Goon Show was recreated at the Playhouse Theatre in London for one extra-special celebratory night, with Andrew Secombe (standing in for his father Harry), Jon Glover (as Spike Milligan) and Jeffrey Holland (as Peter Sellers). Together, the team performed two missing episodes of the show - The Story of Civilisation and The Plymouth Ho Armada. It also featured announcements by Christopher Timothy (son of original Goon Show announcer Andrew Timothy) and music from Lance Ellington (son of original band leader Ray Ellington) and The John Wilson Orchestra. This audio release contains the entire fantastic show - a perfect tribute to the comic geniuses of Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.

Goon Show

Goon Show

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Ladies and gentlemen, it's the highly esteemed Goon Show! From 1951 to 1960, the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. Go on, break out with Childe Harolde (37 years old and still in his pram) in The Childe Harolde Rewarde. Get on the Marrakesh trail with Lord Seagoon in The Gold Plate Robbery. Or join soggy Squire Seagoon as he gets bogged down in Queen Anne's Rain, and thrill to the heroics of Fifth Lieutenant Seagoon at The Battle of Spion Kop (intelligence has established that the people who are attacking him are the enemy). Yes folks, it's the Goons at war and peace, four more classics of cult muttery from those wireless wizards Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers. And why has Neddie deserted his post? It's got woodworm, Jim.

Classic Adventures According to Spike Milligan

Classic Adventures According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2003

'Spike Milligan wrote the book on today's sense of humour' 'But why keep me in the dark, Holmes?' 'It saves electicity, Watson.' 'What is a black spot? Is it an accident?' 'He gave a groan and he was alive! He spoke as he sat up, 'Have you got a fag, mate?' Welcome to the world of the classic adventure story, hilariously retold by legendary comic Spike Milligan. Relive Robin Hood, in which Little John becomes Big Dick and the Merry Men are joined by Groucho Marx. give yourself the willies with Frankenstein, whose monster comes to life craving a cigarette. join Sherlock Holmes for The Hound Of Baskervilles, where Guinness and Newcastle Brown are taken intravenously and a woman cries in the night. Thrill to Black Beauty as told by the horse himself. And the hunt for buried treasure with Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins and ... Groucho Marx in Treasure Island. Spike Milligan, the much-loved entertainer, broadcaster and writer, was widely regarded as the most influential British comedian since the Second World War. On his death in 2002, he was remembered as an 'irreverent and hysterical presence' by Prince Charles. Fellow comedian and writer Stephen Fry described Milligan's writing as 'abosutely immortal'.

Nation's Favourite Children's Poems

Nation's Favourite Children's Poems

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2001

This edition from the best-selling poetry series brings together the most beloved poems for children, from The Owl and the Pussycat through On the Ning Nang Nong to I Know Someone Who Can to Us Two . The Nation's Favourite Children's Poems will compel and amuse adults and children alike, with poems drawn from themes as diverse as animals, schooldays, summer holidays, fun with friends and family, and fantastic daydreams - whether it is recalling the anxiety of starting school, as in Roger McGough's First Day at School , the magical visit of a mythical beast in Adrian Henri's Kate's Unicorn , or the nostalgic realisation that 'mother always knows best' in Pam Ayres's Oh, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth . Readers can revisit old favourites by Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc and A.A. Milne, and dip into the modern musings of poets such as Wendy Cope and Allan Ahlberg. Introduced by Spike Milligan and including 30 specially commissioned illustrations, this is the perfect treasury of children's verse and will delight and entertain all generations for years to come.

The The Goon Show The Goon Show Ned's Atomic Dustbin

The The Goon Show The Goon Show Ned's Atomic Dustbin

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens, Spike MilliganLarry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/09/2001

Goon but not forgotten: `The Goons' ruled the airwaves in the 1950s, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. GO ON - help engine driver Neddie foil the Great Train Robbers of snow-bound Pevensey Bay, explore the exotic delights of Shangri La (It sounds like Utopia but it's spelled differently), follow King Arthur Seagoon as he searches for the lost treasure of Tintagel (if you count the famous Eccles it's twice knightly) and ride Niagara Falls in Ned's foolproof (well, it proves them all fools) atomic dustbin. Yes folks, it's another crazy quartet of unforgettable vintage Goonery from those wily wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. They've been through hell to get here. There must be a cooler route. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 6 mins.

The Murphy

The Murphy

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2001

Murphy is Irish and poor. Even by the standards of the poorest of the poor in Ireland, Murphy is poor. Set sometime between the first and second World Wars, somewhere in Ireland and sometimes everywhere else besides - at one point Murphy is kidnapped by Irish aliens who take him in a spaceship to see St Patrick choose his National Lottery numbers - Murphy's story serves only to prove that the luck of the Irish is not bestowed upon all the sons of the nation. Unable to hold down his job on a building site he turns to robbery but is discovered trapped inside a suit of armour, almost drowns when he falls down a wishing well and catches a particularly revolting form of bronchitis whilst on religious retreat in a particularly revolting form of monastery.As you would expect, The Murphy is rude, irreverent and hugely funny. Classic, timeless Milligan.

A Children's Treasury of Milligan Classic Stories and Poems by Spike Milligan

A Children's Treasury of Milligan Classic Stories and Poems by Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Spike Milligan's publishing career began over forty years ago when Silly Verse for Kids was published in 1959. His poems were inspired by listening to his own children, and subsequently his grandchildren, and marvelling at the way they could invent new words or incorporate sound effects into their everyday language. Spike did not regard children as small adults, but as entirely different species who lived in a secret, magical world that very few adults understood. For decades he delved into this world, delighting children - and adults - of all ages with his poems and stories. Illustrated throughout with Spike's own drawings and specially commissioned artworks, this is an ideal read-alone or read-aloud book for Spike fans of all ages, featuring: Silly Verse for Kids (1959), The Bald Twit Lion (1968), A Book of Milliganimals (1968), Unspun Socks from a Chicken's Laundry (1968), Sir Nobonk and the Terrible, Awful, Dreadful, Nasty Dragon (1982), and Startling Verse for All the Family (1987).

The Goon Show Volume 17: The Silent Bugler

The Goon Show Volume 17: The Silent Bugler

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens, Spike MilliganLarry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/1999

Goon but not forgotten. From 1951 to 1960 the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. GO ON - take your seats for the time-warp as Sir Walter Raleigh loads his treasure on the good ship Venus; the Hon. Harold Bowels MP gets the Needle from Cleopatra; Neddie, the 6,000-year-old Plasticine Man is unearthed at Stonehenge and secret agent Capt. Hairy Seagoon tracks down the Russian time machine in a special edition recorded for the BBC Transcription Service. Only the esteemed Time Lords Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe can do all this through the truly timeless wireless wizardry of The Goon Show. The episodes included here are: The Reason Why, The Treasure in the Tower, The Plasticine Man and The Silent Bugler. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 5 mins.

Robin Hood According to Spike Milligan

Robin Hood According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/1999

The latest in Spike's hilarious re-interpretations of classic works of literature, now available in paperback. This version of Robin Hood has Robin and his merry men when the King's deer manage to evade their arrows, dining out at McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and eating jam sandwiches, Nevertheless, they are still more than willing to do battle with Robin's arch enemy Sir Guy de Custard Gisborne. The fair Maid Marion, of course, is the object of much of Robin's attention, and his pursuit of the beautiful Marion leads him and his men into many adventures. Lucky for him that his band of outlaws inclu de the immensely strong Big Dick and immensely insolent Groucho Marx. Paying Scant regrd to any previous versions of this age old folk tale, Spike thunders through his riotous story like a runaway horse through Sherwood.

Frankenstein According Spike Milligan

Frankenstein According Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/09/1998

How Can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or delineate the wretch whom with such infinte pains and care I had endeavoured to form? There was a bolt that affixed his neck to his spine, there were screws holding his forehead to his skull; but now was the moment of truth. I plunged the electrodes into his rectum and switched on the current. He gave a groan and he was alive! He spoke as he sat up, 'Have you got a fag mate?' My God, I had given birth to a nicotine junky! I handed him a cigarette which I lit, then leaping off the table he stood there. But, alas, we had forgotten one thing, he had no support for his trousers which fell to the floor revealing his manhood in all its glory. If any women saw them they would be leaving their husbands in thousands. Quickly I got some string round his trousers. What had I done? No mortal could support the horror of that countenance! I rushed downstairs, to seek refuge in a cupboard where I remained during the rest of the night walking up and down in great agitation, something difficult to do in a cupboard.

Hidden Words Collected Poems

Hidden Words Collected Poems

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/1997

Spike Milligan's Hidden Words: Collected Poems is an emotional, surprising collection of tender(ish) moments. The complete poems of Spike Milligan, Hidden Words consists of three individual volumes now collected together (SMALL DREAMS OF A SCORPION, OPEN HEART UNIVERSITY and THE MIRROR RUNNING) as well as a number of previously unpublished poems. The famously funny and rude poems are there, as well as a number of darker poems written during the war. 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Black Beauty According to Spike Milligan

Black Beauty According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/1997

Next was break me to harness. First, a stiff heavy collar on my neck. Then there was a bridle with great side-pieces called blinkers against my eyes. Then there was a small saddle strap that went under my tail: that was the crapper. I hated it, it stopped me having a crap. I never felt more like kicking so I kicked him in the goolies and they swelled up like melons. He had to put the harness on me while balancing his balls with one hand and could only move very slowly. In time I got used to everything (and he got used to swollen balls) and I could do my work as well as my mother. I used to wash up after dinner. Yes, I was a very good horse.

The Goon Show Volume 13: It's All In The Mind

The Goon Show Volume 13: It's All In The Mind

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens, Spike MilliganLarry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/10/1996

Goon but not forgotten. From 1951 to 1960 the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. GO ON - join Inspector Ned Seagoon on the trail of the horrible vanishing room, the fabled million pound penny and the case of the Mauve Raven. Yes, folks, three thrilling crime-type murders for naughty Ned to get his nut around; plus Lord Seagoon's search for King Solomon's Mines. So travel the crazy world, Jim, with the help of the all-leather Goon Show in a quartet of cult comedy classics - The Moriarty Murder Mystery, King Solomon's Mines, The GBP1,000,000 Penny and The Vanishing Room. But beware of the very old crocodile. He won the Old Croc's Race. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 2 mins.

Spike Milligan A Celebration

Spike Milligan A Celebration

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/1996

The Goon Show Volume 12: Shut Up Eccles

The Goon Show Volume 12: Shut Up Eccles

Author: Spike Milligan, Larry Stephens, Spike MilliganLarry Stephens Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/10/1995

Goon but not forgotten. From 1951 to 1960 the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influential clowns in the history of radio. Join young archaeologist Neddie Seagon in his search for the lost tomb of Genghis Khan and the hidden gold of Ancient Egypt. Or float down the Amazon in pursuit of Neddie's Peruvian Welsh ancestry. But wherever you are, beware the phantom head shaver - there's a bonce-balder about! Only the highly esteemed talking-type wireless Goon Show can allow you to do all this through a crazy quartet of cult comedy classics - The Phantom Head Shaver , The Lost Emperor , Drums Along the Mersey and The Mummified Priest. It's classic Goonery for all Goonatics. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 2 mins.

The Bible According to Spike Milligan

The Bible According to Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/1994

The Bible According to Spike Milligan is an irreverent but very funny spoof of The Old Testament in which, in his own inimitable fashion, Spike Milligan gives his version of the best known biblical stories. In the Bible, according to Spike Milligan: In the beginning God created the Heaven and Earth and darkness was upon the face of the deep; this was due to a malfunction at Lots Road Power Station...And God said 'Let there be light'. 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Milligan's War The Selected War Memoirs of Spike Milligan

Milligan's War The Selected War Memoirs of Spike Milligan

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/1989

Milligan's War is the one-volume selected edition of Spike Milligan's war memoirs, published to celebrate the seventieth birthday of Britain's funniest old soldier on 16 April 1988. Adolf Hitler, Monty, Mussolini, Rommel (who?) - all played their modest parts in the Second World War and the shaping of human destiny, but we all know where the real action was... Milligan's war documents in words and pictures. The most scurrilous, bizarre and certainly the most hilarious military career embarked upon by any bombardier of the 56th heavy regiment, royal artillery, ever. 'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Monty His Part in My Victory

Monty His Part in My Victory

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1978

Britain's looniest war hero completes the third volume of the Milligan memoirs. The nineteenth battery forge into Tunis, cocksure and carefree. They climb on aqueduct with no trousers on (the battery that is; the aqueduct was very well-dressed). Five hundred gunners try to dance with two girls and an old French matron... up there in Valhalla, Monty's laughing fit to burst.

Puckoon

Puckoon

Author: Spike Milligan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/1969

Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963. 'Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks' Daily Mail In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess . . . 'Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border' Observer 'Our first comic philosopher' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Goon Show Vol 28: The Indigestion Waltz

Goon Show Vol 28: The Indigestion Waltz

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Four more classic episodes starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. More surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. Goon but not forgotten! In these episodes, Neddie attempts to swim across the Regent's Park Canal with the help of a bottle of green liquid, the Russians force a satellite into the ionosphere (filthy swines!), two crooks insure Neddie's life for ten thousand pounds and postman Neddie gets stolen. 'The Great Regent's Park Swim' - Series 8, Episode 4 (21st October 1957). 'The Space Age' - Series 8, Episode 6 (4th November 1957). 'The Policy' - Series 8, Episode 9 (25th November 1957). 'The Stolen Postman' - Series 8, Episode 11 (9th December 1957). Please note: some of the humour on this recording reflects the era in which it was first broadcast, and due to the age of the source material, the sound quality may vary.

Goon Show Classics, The: Volume 1 - The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurlery of Bexhill-on-Sea & The Histories of Pliny the Elder(Vintage Beeb)

Goon Show Classics, The: Volume 1 - The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurlery of Bexhill-on-Sea & The Histories of Pliny the Elder(Vintage Beeb)

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe star in two classic BBC Radio episodes, The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea and The Histories of Pliny the Elder. The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea: No fewer than 38 Batter Puddings have been hurled at Minnie Bannister, the world famous poker player. (Give her a good poker and she'll play any tune you like.) A madman is at large so it's time to call in Scotland Yard! The Histories of Pliny the Elder: The mighty Julius Caesar has invaded Ancient Briton, only to be greeted by none other than Eccles. Undeterred, Caesar and the might of the Roman army prepare for battle, while the Britons prepare for a game of football. However, Caracticus Seagoon will never surrender to Rome - he will fight them up the hill and down Mrs Dale.

Goon Show Vol 29: We're in the Wrong House Again!

Goon Show Vol 29: We're in the Wrong House Again!

Author: Spike Milligan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Four more classic episodes starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. More surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. In these episodes, there's a monster on Mount Snowdon and Neddie Seagoon tries to capture the monster for a reward, a mustard and cress shortage causes havoc to British Railways, a statue of King James II is to be removed from Trafalgar Square, and Neddie plunders a sunken Spanish galleon. Contains The Thing on the Mountain - Series 8, Episode 15 (6 January 1958), The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System (Transcription Service version) - (Recorded: 12 January 1958), The Great Statue Debate - Series 8, Episode 26 (24 March 1958) & The Silver Doubloons - Series 10, Episode 5 (21 January 1960).

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