Books

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 13

Spike Milligan (and others)

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 7 early episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features.

Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy.

This 13th collection turns the clock back to the 1950s and the series' earliest surviving recordings. The episodes included are 'Harry Secombe Tracks Lo-Hing Ding', 'Handsome Harry Hunts for The Lost Drummer', 'The Failures of Handsome Harry Secombe', 'The Mystery of the Monkey's Paw', 'The Man Who Tried to Destroy London's Monuments', 'The Ghastly Experiments of Dr Hans Eidelburger', and 'The Missing Prime Minister'. Also featured are surviving extracts from 'The Search for the Bearded Vulture' and 'The Giant Bombardon'. A host of bonus features are included in the collection, including the 1991 programme 'At Last The Go On Show', 'Goon Again' and 'Just Before Goonrise' from 2001, 'Laughter in the Air' from 1979, 'Spike at 80' from 1998, various extracts from Desert Island Discs, and much more.

A PDF booklet tells the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings.

Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

The Goon Show: Volume 32

Spike Milligan (and others)

Four more hilarious episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

Forog – Series 5, Episode 13 (21 December 1954) The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street (aka The Terrible Blasting of Moreton’s Bank) – Series 5, Episode 23 (1 March 1955) The Tale of Men’s Shirts – Series 10, Episode 2 (31 December 1959)The Scarlet Capsule – Series 9, Episode 14 (2 February 1959)

Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more anarchic clowning from one of the greatest ever radio comedy teams. The Goon Show ran on the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960, and influenced an entire generation of subsequent comedians. Its legacy has lasted over sixty years, with classic episodes continuing to divert and delight audiences worldwide.

In these four digitally-remastered episodes, written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes, Ned tracks down the terrorists responsible for producing the artificial foreign fog that is blanketing London; Inspector Seagoon investigates a bank robbery; Neddie Seagoon stars in a tale of spies, counter-spies and exploding shirt-tails and Professor Ned Quatermass unravels a mystery around an unexplained Thing discovered deep below London.

Duration: 1 hour 55 mins approx.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume 12

Spike Milligan (and others)

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 10 rare episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features.

Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy.

This twelfth collection includes the episodes China Story, Foiled by President Fred, Tales of Old Dartmoor, The Macreekie Rising of '74, Robin Hood, Six Charlies in Search of an Author, Insurance – The White Man's Burden, The Red Fort and The Missing Ten Downing Street (aka Ten Downing Street Stolen), along with the 1972 reunion The Last Goon Show of All.

Also included are numerous bonus archive items, including celebratory programmes Parkinson Meets The Goons and Heroes for a Time: 6 – The Goons. Here, too, are interviews and features taken from The Best of British Laughs: Peter Sellers, Robbie Vincent's Late Night London, It Takes All Sorts and more, as well as extracts from unedited studio recordings and rehearsals.

Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings. Remastered using newly sourced material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

Duration: 10 hours approx

The Bible According to Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

The Old Testament: but more mad, more merry, more... Milligan!

"And God said, Let there be light; and there was light, but Eastern Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected."

There have been many interpretations of the Old Testament over the centuries but never one quite like this. Spike Milligan has rewritten, in his own inimitable style, many of the best-known stories of the Old Testament, featuring characters like King "my brain hurts" Solomon, the great oaf of a giant Goliath and the lesser-known crossword clue, Hushai the Archite.

Believers and non-believers alike will enjoy this hilarious re-working, where the jokes, jests and jibes tumble over each other from Chapter One, Verse One until kingdom come.

Spike Milligan: The Complete War Memoirs

Spike Milligan (and others)

The most hilarious military career ever embarked upon, from Britain's funniest old soldier

Spike Milligan's war memoirs are some of the most popular of all time. Re-mastered and issued in audio format for the first time ever since publication, this complete edition tells Spike's story all the way from enlistment in 1939 to his experiences in North Africa and Italy, his wounding and rehabilitation, his transition from soldiering to show-business and eventually to the formation of the Goons.

The War Memoirs are an utterly original and outrageously subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a hilarious and fascinating portrait of the early life and formative years of one of the greatest comedians the world has ever known. Filled throughout with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.

The War Memoirs consists of 36 wonderfully re-mastered CDs, preserving Milligan's genius for future generations. Audio quality varies.

In the Psychiatrist's Chair

Dr Anthony Clare (and others)

Twelve editions of the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 interview series presented by Dr Anthony Clare.

A master of incisive interrogation, Dr Anthony Clare became renowned for In the Psychiatrist's Chair. From 1982 until 2001 he conducted in-depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life, inviting them to answer penetrating questions about their lives and careers.

These twelve shows include his encounters with writer and performer Spike Milligan, playwright Peter Nichols, author Maya Angelou, political activist Bruce Kent,gynaecologist Wendy Savage, pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, film director Ken Russell, politician Edwina Currie, former Lord Chanceller Lord Hailsham, theatre director Peter Hall, author Barbara Cartland and journalist Jean Rook.

Often moving and always insightful, Clare's questions go to the very heart of his subjects as he encourages them to talk frankly about their deepest fears and innermost feelings – making for fascinating and compelling listening.

Duration: 9 hours approx.

The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10)

Spike Milligan (and others)

Twelve classic episodes of The Goon Show, plus the complete series of The Omar Khayyam Show, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show and a wealth of bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. This eleventh volume includes: Dishonoured – Again, The Scarlet Capsule, The Tay Bridge, The Gold Plate Robbery, The £50Cure, A Christmas Carol, The Tale of Men's Shirts, The Chinese Legs, Robin's Post, The Silver Dubloons, The Last Smoking Seagoon, The GPO Show, The Omar Khayyam Show: Ned Kelly, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Ashes, The Omar Khayyam Show: The PM's Trousers, The Omar Khayyam Show: The Flying Dustman; The Omar Khayyam Show: The America Cup, The Omar Khayyam Show: Waltzing Matilda, The Army Show, The Naughty Navy Show. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items, including interviews with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and a rehearsal sequence from the soundtrack recording of The Lost Colony. Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves, while a third PDF booklet details the history of TV spin-off The Telegoons.Duration: 11 hours approx.

Silly Verse for Kids

Spike Milligan

Silly Verse for Kids - a hilarious collection of silly poems by Spike Milligan!

A collection of the absurd, ridiculous, sublime and characteristically anarchic verse from the brilliant Spike Milligan. With his very own illustrations, this collection, which includes the famous On the Ning Nang Nong will make you laugh from the bottom of your belly - just like Spike did.

The legendary and iconic figure, Spike Milligan was born at Ahmednagar in India in 1918. He received his first education in a tent in the Hyderabad Sindh desert and graduated from there, through a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and England, to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He then plunged into the world of Show Business, seduced by his first stage appearance, at the age of eight, in the nativity play of his Poona convent school. He began his career as a band musician, but became famous as a humorous scriptwriter and actor in both films and broadcasting. He was the creator, principal writer and performer of the infamous Goon Show. Spike received an honorary CBE in 1992 and Knighthood in 2000. He died in 2002.

Other children's books by Spike Milligan:

Bald Twit Lion; Badjelly the Witch; Dip the Puppy; Sir Nobonk and the Terrible Dreadful Awful Naughty Nasty Dragon; A Children's Treasury of Milligan: Classic Stories and Poems; The Magical World of Milligan

The Goon Show: Volume 31

Spike Milligan (and others)

Four episodes of the groundbreaking BBC radio comedy starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

Goon but not forgotten! Here is a chance to enjoy more surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. During the course of these four digitally-remastered episodes, London is beseiged by birds and Winston Seagoon battles the Big Brother Corporation. The episodes included are: The Starlings - Series 4 Special (31 August 1954), The Missing Scroll - Series 5, Episode 19 (1 February 1955), Nineteen Eighty-Five - Series 5, Episode 20 (8 February 1955), and The Man Who Won the War (AKA Seagoon MCC) - Series 6, Episode 1 (20 September 1955).

Please note: Nineteen Eighty-Five is a remake of the same titled episode from 4 January 1955, previously available on The Goon Show Volume 5.

The Goon Show, Compendium 10 (series 9, Part 1)

Spike Milligan (and others)

Twelve episodes of the groundbreaking show starring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers. Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary radio series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. This collection of episodes is taken from the first part of the ninth series, first broadcast in 1958-59.

The episodes included are The Sahara Desert Statue; I Was Monty’s Treble; The £100,000 Penny, The Pam’s Paper Insurance Policy; The Mountain Eaters; The Childe Harolde Rewarde; The Seagoon Memoirs; Queen Anne’s Rain; The Battle of Spion Kop; Ned’s Atomic Dustbin; Who Is Pink Oboe? and The Call of the West. Also included are a number of bonus items.

Badjelly The Witch

Spike Milligan

Badjelly The Witch can turn children into sausages or chop them up to make boy-girl soup. She can turn policemen into apple trees or bananas into mice and she is the wickedest witch in all the world.

Searching for Lucy, their cow, Tim and Rose become lost in the great black forest. There they meet Binklebonk the Tree Goblin, Mudwiggle the worm, Silly Sausage the grasshopper and Dinglemouse. When they are captured by Badjelly, it is Dinglemouse who saves them by escaping and fetching his friend Jim the Giant Eagle.

A charming fairy tale which has delighted children for many years, this edition is copiously illustrated with Spike Milligan's own drawings which have been specially adapted and beautifully hand coloured.

Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan's letters contain some of the best material he ever wrote . . .

Collected here for the first time are the funniest, rudest and most revealing of them - most of which have never been seen before - from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects):

- rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?')

- backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension')

- heartfelt apologies ('pardon me for being alive')

and the imbalance of male and female ducks in London's parks. Here, then, is the real Spike Miligan: obsessive, rude, generous and relentlessly witty.

'Milligan's zaniness shines through' Telegraph

'The godfather of alternative comedy' Eddie Izzard

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

The Goon Show Compendium Volume Nine: Vintage Goons

Spike Milligan (and others)

Thirteen remastered episodes of the legendary series, plus bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking radio series changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this collection presents the available episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items including extracts from cast rehearsals. Remastered using new material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are bound to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

Goon Show Classics Volume 2 (Vintage Beeb)

Spike Milligan (and others)

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe star in these two hilarious episodes. In The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI, Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty set out to steal explosive plans for a secret new weapon. Meanwhile, Seagoon is planning to take ten thousand troops to Malaya for tea... In The Evils of Bushey Spon, Neddie Seagoon is called in to oversee the decoration of a council lamp-post: in darkest Bushey Spon. With special guest star AE Matthews. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD and download for the first time ever.

1 CD. 58 mins.

The Goon Show

Spike Milligan (and others)

More surreal clowning from one of the greatest comedy teams on radio. Goon but not forgotten! In these digitally-remasterd episodes, Ned Seagoon, who is bored at the bank where works, decides to run away - with the bank's money. Also, Neddie follows a trail of cold batter puddings to North Africa; has his snow-plough stolen during the Great English Blizzard and is approached by Mandarin Grytpype-Thynne and General Kash-Mai-Chek to participate in an audacious financial coup. Includes: Dishonoured or The Fall of Neddie Seagoon - Series 5, Episode 12 (14 December 1954); The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea) - Series 5, second performance (not transmitted); The Hastings Flyer - Robbed - Series 6, Episode 15 (27 December 1955) and China Story - Series 6, second performance, National Radio Show (29 August 1956).

2 CDs. 2 hrs.

Where Have All the Bullets Gone?

Spike Milligan

Where Have All the Bullets Gone? is volume five of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs.

'Back to those haunting days in Italy in 1944, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, with lava running in great red rivulets down the slope towards us, and Jock taking a drag on his cigarette and saying, "I think we've got grounds for a rent rebate."'

The fifth volume of Spike Milligan's unsurpassed account of life as a Bombardier in World War Two sees our hero dispatched from the front line to psychiatric hospital and from there to a rehabilitation camp. Considered loony (and 'unfit to be killed in combat by either side'), he becomes embroiled in his own private battle with melancholy. But it is music, wit and a little help from his friends - including one Gunner Harry Secombe - that help carry him through to his first stage appearances ...

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Goodbye Soldier

Spike Milligan

Goodbye Soldier is volume six of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs.

'My namer is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni.''I'm Spike,' sometimes known as stop thief or hey you.'Yeser, I know.'

The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ('Arghhhhhhhhh!). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does ...

'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Mussolini

Spike Milligan

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall is volume four of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs.

"A voice is calling across the land, "Bombardier Milligan.""Bombadier Milligan is dead," I replied in a disguised voice.The voice replied, "Then he's going to miss his breakfast."

The fourth volume of Spike Milligan's legendary account of his time in the army during World War Two begins as he and his regiment land in sunny Italy in 1943 ('The ship touched the beach very gently, so gently I suspect it's not insured'). After a bout of Sandfly Fever, from which he soon recovers ('I'm ready to be killed again'), our plucky hero is piddled on by a farm dog ('Mussolini's revenge?') before forging his way inland towards the enemy and the sound of guns ('We're getting near civilisation'), where matters suddenly take a dark turn ('I was not really me any more') ...

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Monty

Spike Milligan

Monty: His Part in My Victory is volume three of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs.

'It's all over, Von Arnheim has surrendered and he's very angry.''This could mean war...'

The third volume of Spike Milligan's laugh-a-line account of life as a gunner in World War Two resumes on the eve of victory in North Africa. Now Britain's looniest war hero must combat some of the direst threats a soldier has ever faced - boredom ('Christ, I just thought of Catford'), a cold ('In this weather?' 'Yed.'), moving camp ('It's a sort of Brighton with camels'), relaxing on the beach ('Life was golden, and we were the assayers'), moving camp again ('We're already somewhere else'), a visit to Carthage ('It's terrible, it's like Catford') and a perilous encounter with the gloriously endowed Mademoiselle Villion ('"Help! massage," I said weakly'). Against the odds, they survive and are sent at last to Italy to be killed...

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Peace Work

Spike Milligan

Peace Work is volume seven of Spike Milligan's outrageous, hilarious, legendary War Memoirs.

'I had not informed my parents of my return, I wanted it to be a lovely surprise; it was, for me, they were away ...'

The seventh and last volume of Spike Milligan's memoirs sees our hero returning from war and Italy ... but to what? Aside from shooting large, inaccurate guns at Germans, all he has done for five long years is blow a trumpet, tell rude jokes and write and perform sketches for the entertainment of bored and murderous soldiers - who on earth is going to pay a civilian to do more of that? From the giddy heights of Hackney Empire to a Zurich Freak Show and beyond, Spike makes his way through the backwaters of showbiz, first as band musician then as one-man wild-act and eventually in the company of a group of like-minded comedians called Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. They decide to call themselves The Goons...

'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times

'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese

'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard

'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Biography

Spike Milligan was an English comedian, poet, writer and musician, perhaps best known as one of the goons in the classic BBC radio programme The Goon Show. He went on to become one of Britain's leading comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His DownfallPuckoon and Where Have All the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002.