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Spike Milligan - The Serious Poet

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 1 episode in 2011. Features Spike Milligan.

Spike Milligan - The Serious Poet

Spike Milligan's daughters discuss how their father's serious poetry reflected his life and personality

BBC Radio 4
Spike Milligan
Laura Parfitt

Spike Milligan's funny verse is well loved and his poem On The Ning Nang Nong was once voted the UK's favourite comic poem. However, there is also a body of serious poetry written by Spike as an outlet for his feelings about everything in his life, from his family to losing friends in the war and other issues about which he cared.

Through his most intimate work, his daughters discuss the loving and creative hands-on father and the man who would disappear for days to his bed with depression.

Spike's wit is present in some of the poems, despite their serious content, but they provide a chance to see a different side to this comic genius.

Production Details

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Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 6th November 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 4:30pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 11:30am on Radio 4 Extra