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The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered

Agent and friend Norma Farnes reflects on the comedian and writer. Includes clips from classic shows Vivat Milligna, Fear of Wages and The Serious Poet. From February 2012.

Recorded at the office where they worked together, Spike Milligan's agent and friend, Norma Farnes remembers the life and work of the comic genius. Featuring:

* Vivat Milligna: A Twenty-One Goon Salute (24/12/2002)
Denis Norden trawls through the archives to tell the story of his friend, Spike's career, and sometimes uneasy relationship with the BBC.

* In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Spike Milligan (25/09/1982)
The writer and comedian tells Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact of shell shock on his mental health.

* Spike's Fleas Knees and Hidden Elephants (25/12/1995)
Spike Milligan reads some of his magical poems, in his own inimitable style.

* The Goon Show: Fear of Wages (6/03/1956)
Ignoring a telegram about Japan's surrender, Neddie Seagoon and company are still at war. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Max Geldray and Wallace Greenslade.

* Spike Milligan: The Serious Poet (6/11/2011)
In this award- winning documentary, Spike's three daughters, Sila, Laura and Jane discuss how their father's serious poetry reflected his life and personality.

Producer: Sarah Wade

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2012.

3 hours

Last on

Sat 22 Oct 2016 09:00