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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 7:27am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Comedian Spike Milligan was born 100 years ago today:


If you're familiar with THE GOON SHOW or MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS (he is said to have inspired it), you'll know of Milligan's work. 


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John Byrne

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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 8:32am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

O boy, do I know his work! I used to be able to recite entire episodes of THE GOON SHOW from memory -- doing all the voices, of course!

That started when I was but a child, and no doubt shaped my talent in that area.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 10:05am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I wonder if the likes of THE GOON SHOW would stand up today. Are they timeless or not?

Some can be. I watched a HANCOCK'S HALF-HOUR sketch on BBC years ago. Stood up well. 

There's a THE TWO RONNIES sketch where he asks for fork handles, but the store owner thinks he is asking for four candles. That also stands up well. Timeless! 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 11:08am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I remember his `Q` series, specifically Q8, i was only a
kid at the time and found his humour hit and miss, some
sketches going on far too long! Maybe as an adult i
would appreciate it more?
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This is very childish but it did make me laugh: LINK
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Darren Ashmore
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 1:49pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Bill I too have fond memories of the Q series as a kid, the sketches did seem to stretch out a bit.  BBCiplayer has most of the later series online and I watched a few some months ago. It holds up really well and really is better viewed as an adult.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 2:11pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Thank`s Darren, i will have a look!
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 25 April 2018 at 12:20pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I love the goon shows I've been able to get/hear, no nostalgia involved so I think it must be simply good stuff that stands up. Bought a few import DVDs of Milligan's Q and some of Bentine's puppet serie... I wish they hadn't wiped some of Q of course, and I wish some other programmes with Spike, and Bentine's Square titled shows, would be available. Peter Sellers also did some wonderful stuff, but at least he was recognized in the U.S. Thus leaving poor Harry Secombe as the most unknown goon I suppose?

Milligan was great in the '60s Bed Sitting Room movie. The DVD for that had a nice long interview with him as an extra!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 25 April 2018 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Harry Secombe was always on the TV when I was young with a terribly boring Sunday evening/afternoon show called Highway. It was like ITV's equivalent to the BBC's Songs of Praise.

Not the kind of stuff I was interested in...
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 25 April 2018 at 2:11pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

On BBC you had Highway, on ITV you had Highway to Heaven,
boring Sunday afternoon tv!
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