Spike Milligan

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Spike Milligan was the true father of modern satire, says Ian Hislop
Private Eye editor tells of new play about the anarchic comic – and reveals his run-ins over Goons scripts with the BBC

Vanessa Thorpe

31, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Michael Horovitz obituary
Iconoclastic poet, editor and leading light of British counterculture during the 1950s and 60s

Douglas Field

11, Jul, 2021 @3:03 PM

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Marcel Stellman obituary
Record producer and lyricist known for Tulips from Amsterdam who brought the TV show Countdown to the UK

Spencer Leigh

10, May, 2021 @5:06 PM

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A bridge too far for the renaming game? | Brief letters
Brief letters: Teachers and coronavirus | Honours and Spike Milligan | Art quiz | World leaders | Severn Bridge

Letters

01, Jan, 2021 @5:26 PM

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Don’t let don’t-knows triumph at the polls | Brief letters
Brief letters: Boarding schools | Wellington college fees | Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project | Spike Milligan’s election advice | Shared ancestry | Parliamentary disillusion

Letters

12, Nov, 2019 @5:38 PM

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Going, going, Goon: letters by Sellers and Milligan turn air blue
Previously unseen correspondence between the two comedians and musician Alan Clare is to be sold at auction

Dalya Alberge

20, Apr, 2019 @2:00 PM

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From Aesop to Adrian: books to inspire a love of reading
Tom Gates writer and illustrator Liz Pichon enjoys drama in the jungle, Milligan’s silly verse and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Liz Pichon

03, Dec, 2018 @5:59 AM

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Tantrums and tears: how Peter Sellers turned a pirate film into a shipwreck
The 1973 movie Ghost in the Noonday Sun, with Spike Milligan, never reached the big screen. Now its director, Peter Medak, reveals why

Dalya Alberge

11, Aug, 2018 @2:42 PM

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Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways
The show’s first guest was marooned three quarters of a century ago this month. Here are the moments that made Desert Island Discs a radio classic

Stephen Moss

06, Jan, 2017 @3:56 PM

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Snoozes and silliness on show in archive pictures of BBC comedians
Compton Verney exhibition charts 60 years of comedy, from Hancock’s Half Hour to Miranda Hart

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

26, Jun, 2016 @3:44 PM

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Spike Milligan statue unveiled in north London
The life-size bronze by John Somerville shows the comedian sitting on a bench in his former home of Finchley

Mark Brown, arts correspondent

04, Sep, 2014 @4:09 PM

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Spike Milligan and me | Kathy Lette
Kathy Lette: At 16 years old, starstruck and vulnerable, I was lucky enough to find in the great Goon a hero worthy of worship – so I’m thrilled that we are finally unveiling a statue of him

Kathy Lette

04, Sep, 2014 @5:00 AM

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