Spike Milligan.

Spike Milligan

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Spike Milligan in motion

Widely accepted as a comedy genius, and undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and influential comics of the 20th Century, Spike Milligan was born 100 years ago today.

Born in India to an Irish father and English mother, he shot to stardom as a writer and star of radio's The Goon Show, before working with a range of other comedy greats on various other solo and collaborative projects, notably sketch shows like Q5, A Show Called Fred, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, and Oh In Colour.

The Q series - Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9 - are available to buy on DVD, and we have three copies to give away.

Here, we take a look back at his legacy and his humour in a selection of video clips featuring the man himself, including sketches, interviews, and a couple of whole programmes.

The sandwich

Pakistani Daleks

Irish astronauts

Michael Parkinson goes to a gentlemen's club

Spike and Eric Sykes

The army agony aunt

The Raspberry King - Everything Is Fresh Today

Irish O'Lympics

Spike on Noel's House Party

Spike Milligan Offers A Series Of Unrelated Incidents At Current Market Value - Part 1

British Comedy Awards

Documentary: I Told You I Was Ill

Documentary: From Woy Woy To Wagga Wagga