TERENCE MILLIGAN

About Terence Milligan (aka: Spike Milligan)

A personal note: What connects me and Prince Charles? An appreciation of organic food, decent architecture, and we both grew up with the 'Goons'. That's where the similarity ends. Of course, further similarities would be appreciated. Lots of money, a nice house to live in (who needs more than one?), foreign travel, etc.
Anyway ...
This website exists to promote Spike's materials. Our very brief history is provided merely to whet your appetite. After all, the best way to learn about Spike is to experience his sense of humour, his wit, his poetry, his observations and anything and everything else that can help you understand him better. But having said this, you may come away more confused than when you began.
This is what Spike was all about. He made you think. His eccentricity, albeit bizarre at times, would not let you rest upon one opinion. Craziness was readily mixed with a lucid understanding of the world around us. And sometimes, it was difficult to know which was which. Is that not true of the world we live in today?

The War Years

What can we say about one of entertainment's most unusual comedians?
We could tell you that he almost won World War II single-handedly. He was the scourge of Hitler, Mussolini, etc. His name was feared by his enemies. Never has one man had such an impact upon a war than Spike. He was a super-hero, a legendary fighter, he was everything we all aspire to be!
Well ... actually, no. I wouldn't say any of these things. But his impact upon the enemy in the last world war was notable. Some incidents were unforgiveable, or regrettable. Regardless, Spike was definitely an original and there was nobody like him (and some of his war-time victims will say 'thank God').
You are no longer with us Spike, and you are sadly missed. Now we have to deal with situations that demand logic, common sense and sanity. You challenged all of these - and with some success. How will we cope without you?

The Goon Show.

This is where Spike appeared to become famous. He was joined by Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine. Together, they created something that (putting politely) was a diversion from the normal comedy fare of the day. The focus was on crazy characters, silly voices, and ridiculous scenarios. All this added up to a great success for the foursome.
It wasn't to last though. Venturing so deeply into anarchic comedy took it's toll. There's only so much craziness one can cope with.

'Post-Goonery'

It was after an unfortunate 'mental health episode' that Spike came out the other side and diverged into other comedic concepts. There were a variety of offerings, and some cameo parts in other popular sitcoms. Eventually, Spike created the 'Q' series of comedy shows that amused, perplexed, and sometimes upset the politically-correct critics of the day. But Spike knew no boundaries and just called things as he saw them, or as he thinks they should be seen.
Spike was also very much a poet, but in the 'literary nonsense' way. This does not demean his writings, but merely showed he was one of those who preferred to avoid convention and think outside of the box. He was unique in many ways. A breath of fresh air inasmuch he challenged conformity and broke barriers.
Above all else, one gets the impression that Spike's personality was a reaction to the madness around us - something that still persists today. The futility and inhumanity of war, the hard-nosed attitudes of dictators and tyrants (even in everyday life), the gross stupidity of bureaucratic intransigence. You name it, everything that was, and still is wrong with society, affected Spike's attitude to life. In this respect, one could call him a kindred spirit.
Some may say Spike was a 'Marmite' character (some loved his comedy, some hated it), but I would not entirely agree. He would leave the viewer amused and bemused, and all at the same time (a master of the 'muses', one could say). Some routines were ridiculously funny, some made you wonder if he had completely lost his marbles.

Spike as a person.

While there will always be divided opinion on Spike, he was a very sensitive soul. Sometimes he was very forthright (as the video clip below will demonstrate). But for those in show business who knew him best, he was loved (though I am not sure I can say with confidence that absolutely everyone loved him!).

Spike's opinion of Prince Charles ... and that Dalek sketch.

 

Spike's sense of humour.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, which is just long enough to be president of the United States.” “Money couldn’t buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.” “I’m a hero with coward’s legs.” "All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” “I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.” “And God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light, but the electricity board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.” “How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven.” “I can speak Esperanto like a native.” “Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it’s all in perfect working order.”
See Spike's full Wikipedia entry: Spike Milligan

Shop for Spike's books (various formats - click on one of the images below).


Note: For DVDs, click on this link: DVDs


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How Spike almost single-handedly won World War II - with a little help from his friends, a few brass hats, and some part-time Americans.

NB. 7 books (episodes), a collection of all 7 books, and 2 compendiums ('Milligan's War' and 'Gunner Milligan').

As if he had not done enough already for his country, he (with the help of his talented companions) decided to demonstrate some of his unique talents to the public.

Enter the Goons! Scripts, stories, cartoons, etc.
Search for more at: 'Goon Show'

'Post-Goonery'. Spike moves on.

The William McGonagall Books

Classical 'interpretations'.

According to Spike Milligan ...

The last of Spike's 'strange' offerings.

Yes, there is an end to this madness!

Non-Fiction.

Memories, experiences, advice, etc.

Spike wrote 51 poems. Too many to detail, but here's the list (you can read them for free at) Poem Hunter

A Combustible Woman From Thang; A Silly Poem; Bazonka; Bongaloo; Bump; Contagion; Down The Stream The Swans All Glide; Emptiness; Eurolove; Feelings; Go North, South, East, And West, Young Man; Goodbye S.S.; Granny; Halved; Have A Nice Day; I Must Go Down To The Sea Again; I'M Walking Backwards For Christmas; If I Could Write Words; In The Land Of The Bumbley Boo; Indian Boyhood; Jumbo Jet; Letters; Look At All Those Monkeys!; Maveric; Me; Mirror, Mirror; My Sister Laura; Omen Of Emptiness; On The Ning Nang Nong; Oojah-Ka-Piv; Orstralia; Philip Le Barr; Porridge; Pussy-Cat; Scorflufus'; So Fair Is She; Soldier Freddy; Standing Room Only; Summer Dawn; Teeth, The Abc; The Dog Lovers; The Lion; The Soldiers At Lauro; There Are Holes In The Sky; Two Children; Unto Us...; Values '67; Welcome Home; When I Suspected; Why?

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