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I Told You I Was Ill

4 Extra Debut. Spike Milligan tribute with three poignant and surreal dramas and poetic intervals. Hosted in Hull by John Hegley. From 2018.

A tribute to the actor, comedian, writer, musician, poet, and playwright Spike Milligan, KBE.

Hosted by John Hegley.

Made to mark the centenary of his birth in 2018, 'I Told You I Was Ill' is a special homage to the chief creator and main writer of The Goon Show.

Three writers respond to Milligan’s style, work, and legacy.

* Going, Going, Goon by Toby Hadoke - Spike is called to a Heaven he doesn't believe in, in a synthesis of fact, fantasy and supposition.

* Clowns, 1 Trumpet by Lee Mattinson - combines clownery and childhood in a bizarre birthday party.

* Deadline by Jessica Hynes. Hynes stars as a writer on the edge of a nervous breakdown as she attempts to reach her deadline.

Performed at the University of Hull’s Middleton Hall in 2018 as part of 'Contains Strong Language', a season of poetry and performance from Hull.


Jessica Hynes
Mark Heap
Pippa Haywood
Stephen Wight
Jonathan Keeble
Toby Hadoke
Connor Elliott
Fiona Clarke

Trumpeter: Simon Desbruslais

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2018.

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Sun 27 Feb 2022 04:00


  • Sun 7 Oct 2018 19:30
  • Sun 3 Jan 2021 19:30
  • Sat 26 Feb 2022 06:00
  • Sat 26 Feb 2022 16:00
  • Sun 27 Feb 2022 04:00

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An affectionate tribute to Spike Milligan and his unique comic genius.