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The Sunday Post: Spike Milligan
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18:02 29 Jan 2017
Dear Andrew, I am the Archivist of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society and a researcher of 'Golden Age' radio comedy more broadly. I was led to your piece via the main website and, in particular, the 1949 radio series Opportunity Knocks. There is an entry for 18 February 1949 that links to your article, supposedly because it mentions it. However, I can't see reference to Opportunity Knocks in your piece. I was researching the show because most accounts of Spike's career do not refer to this show, but I have seen evidence suggesting it provided him with a first chance to make a radio broadcast. Do you know any more about this matter? Kind regards, Tristan
16:30 15 Jan 2017
An interesting article about Spike Milligan, but I do feel Larry Stephens' contribution to The Goons has been slightly glossed over...
As I understand it, a lot of zany, wacky ideas did come from Spike, but then comedy scriptwriter Larry had to sit down and 'make some sort of sense' out of them...wrote a lot But Larry also wrote a great deal of the of the really funny early stuff himself. Some of the characters are even based on his doodles on the paper he was writing the scripts on, while others are certainly based on some of the people he meant during his time in The Commandos.
Richard Usher - Media Creative
15:52 15 Jan 2017
A really fascinating article about this undoubted genius! I can scarcely believe it will be his centenary next year - hopefully the BBC will celebrate him and his comedy contribution. Meanwhile, a production of two of Spike's 'Goon Show' scripts hits the stage in February. If you want to experience the great Mililgoon in a live theatre check out the details at the Birmingham Comedy Festival website
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