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Wednesday, 27 February, 2002, 11:54 GMT
Spike Milligan: More than just a Goon
Spike Milligan was a household name for more than half a century after making his name in The Goon Show. BBC News Online looks back at the life of the acclaimed comedian and solo performer, and presents video clips of Spike on stage and in conversation.


Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe
Milligan conceived the idea of The Goon Show
December 1972

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers reunited as The Goons at the BBC's radio theatre for the corporation's 50th anniversary celebrations. They performed The Last Goon Show Of All.

 Click here to watch a clip of the show


Spike Milligan
Milligan suffered from manic depression
September 1986

During a rare serious interview, Spike Milligan told the BBC's Peter France what he considered was his life's proudest achievement, and also what he considered to be his biggest failure.

 Click here to watch a clip of the interview


Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe
Milligan and Secombe met in Italy during WWII
December 1987

Terry Wogan interviewed Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe for his show celebrating the golden years of radio comedy. The two Goons described the comical circumstances surrounding their original meeting.

 Click here to watch a clip of the show


Spike Milligan and Prince Charles
Prince Charles was a big fan of Milligan
March 2001

In the New Year's Honours for 2001, Spike Milligan was given an honorary knighthood for services to entertainment. His response was "Help!"

 Click here to watch Milligan answer reporters' questions outside St James's Palace


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