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 company
- Laugh track
- 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