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Inspired Lunacy

Spike played a part in Hilter's downfall, you know. Spike Milligans’ Q defies description, but that isn’t going to stop us trying.

The very, very odd sketch show first aired in 1969 as Q5 ( - more series followed, oddly enough numbered Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9) and throughout the years featured luminaries such as Peter Jones, David Lodge and Chris Langham.

‘Q’ gave carte blanche to Spike Milligan’s freeform, surreal wit. Some of the time you'd be sat there in total incomprehension, but the rest of the time you'd cry with laughter. The sketches came thick and fast, stopping with no apparent conclusion, running into one another, making outrageous leaps from one subject or location to another. Even the costumes were madcap and contradictory - everyone was labelled with luggage tags, and our Spike seemed to have a fondness for large noses and hats.

A lot of contemporary comedians like Vic and Bob couldn’t do what they do without this groundbreaking predecessor: even the Monty Python team namechecked Q as an influence. We wouldn't go as far as to say it is timeless - that's a term reserved for gentle sitcoms, and this is much stronger stuff- but it is one of the finest moments of one of the greatest men of British comedy.

VIDEO CLIPS

VIDEO CLIP:Exterminate The home life of Daleks

VIDEO CLIP:Handy In a crisis, this one.

VIDEO CLIP:Painting By numbers

VIDEO CLIP:That One! The idiot scout troupe

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