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Milligan, Terence Alan, (Spike Milligan)free

Hon. KBE 2000 (Hon. CBE 1992)

Born 16 April 1918; s of late Captain L. A. Milligan, MSM, RA retd, and Florence Winifred Milligan; m 1st, 1952, June Marlowe (marr. diss. 1961); one s two d; 2nd, 1962, Patricia Margaret Ridgeway (d 1978); one d; 3rd, 1983, Shelagh Sinclair; died 27 Feb. 2002

actor; author


Convent of Jesus and Mary, Poona; Brothers de La Salle, Rangoon; SE London Polytechnic, Lewisham


Lifetime Achievement Award, British Comedy Awards, 1994. Appearances (comedy) as Spike Milligan: stage: The Bed-Sitting Room; Son of Oblomov; Ben Gunn, in Treasure Island, Mermaid, 1973, 1974; One man shows, 1979, 1980, 1998, 1999; writer, Ubu Roi, 1980; Spike Milligan and Friends, Lyric, 1982; radio: Goon Show (inc. special performance, 1972, to mark 50th Anniversary of BBC); Best British Radio Features Script, 1972; The Milligan Papers, 1987; TV: Show called Fred, ITV; World of Beachcomber, BBC; Q5, BBC; Oh in Colour, BBC; A Milligan for All Seasons, BBC, 1972–73; Marty Feldman’s Comedy Machine, ITV (writing and appearing; awarded Golden Rose and special comedy award, Montreux, 1972); The Melting Pot, BBC, 1975; Q7, BBC series, 1977; Q8, 1978; Q9, 1979; TV Writer of the Year Award, 1956; films: The Magic Christian, 1971; The Devils, 1971; The Cherry Picker, 1972; Digby the Biggest Dog in the World, 1972; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1972; The Three Musketeers, 1973; The Great McGonagall, 1975; The Last Remake of Beau Geste, 1977; The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1978; Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1978; History of the World, Part 1, 1980; Yellowbeard, 1983


Dustbin of Milligan, 1961; Silly Verse for Kids, 1963; Puckoon, 1963; The Little Pot Boiler, 1965; A Book of Bits, 1965; Milliganimals, 1968; The Bedside Milligan, 1968; The Bed-Sitting Room (play), 1969; The Bald Twit Lion, 1970; Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall, 1971 (filmed 1973; on record, 1980); Milligan’s Ark, 1971; Small Dreams of a Scorpion, 1972; The Goon Show Scripts, 1972; Rommel: Gunner Who?, 1973; (for children) Badjelly the Witch, 1973; (with J. Hobbs) The Great McGonagall Scrapbook, 1975; The Milligan Book of Records, Games, Cartoons and Commercials, 1975; Dip the Puppy, 1975; Transports of Delight, 1975; William McGonagal, the truth at last, 1976; Monty, His Part in my Victory, 1976; Goblins (with Heath Robinson illus), 1978; Mussolini, His Part in my Downfall, 1978; Open Heart University, 1978; Spike Milligan’s Q Annual, 1979; Get in the Q Annual, 1980; Unspun Socks from a Chicken’s Laundry, 1981; Indefinite Articles and Scunthorpe, 1981; The 101 Best and Only Limericks of Spike Milligan, 1982; (for children) Sir Nobonk and the Terrible, Awful, Dreadful, Naughty, Nasty Dragon (illus. by Carol Barker), 1982; The Goon Cartoons, 1982; More Goon Cartoons, 1983; There’s A Lot Of It About, 1983; The Melting Pot, 1983; Spike Milligan’s Further Transports of Delight, 1985; Where have all the Bullets Gone? (autobiog.), 1985; Floored Masterpieces with Worse Verse (illus. by Tracey Boyd), 1985; Goodbye Soldier, 1986; The Looney: an Irish fantasy, 1987; The Mirror Running (poetry), 1987; Startling Verse for all the Family (children’s poetry), 1987; The Lost Goon Shows, 1987; Milligan’s War, 1988; McGonagall Meets George Gershwin, 1988; It Ends With Magic, 1990; Dear Robert, Dear Spike, 1991; Peacework (autobiog.), 1991; Condensed Animals, 1991; Hidden Words (poetry), 1993; (with A. Clare) Depression and How To Survive It, 1993; The Bible According to Spike Milligan, 1993; Lady Chatterly’s Lover According to Spike Milligan, 1994; Wuthering Heights According to Spike Milligan, 1995; Fleas, Knees and Hidden Elephants (poetry), 1995; Spike Milligan: a celebration, 1995; D. H. Lawrence’s John Thomas and Lady Jane According to Spike Milligan, 1995; The Adventures of Black Beauty According to Spike Milligan, 1996; Frankenstein According to Spike Milligan, 1997; The Hound of the Baskervilles According to Spike Milligan, 1998; Robin Hood According to Spike Milligan, 1998; A Mad Medley of Milligan, 1999; The Family Album–An Illustrated Biography, 1999; A Children’s Treasury of Milligan, 1999; Treasure Island According to Spike Milligan, 2000


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