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Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:15 am
by Adam Blake
Lovely documentary. First shown last year. Up on the iPlayer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... -and-peace

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:55 am
by uiwangmike
I'd like to see it, but all I got from the link was:
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If you are in the UK and see this message please read this advice.

I was a fan of Spike since primary school days, and have especially fond memories of his performance in Son of Oblomov in the early 60s (especially his bed scene with the divine Joan Greenwood). I was disillusioned when he appeared as the first interviewee on In the Psychiatrist's Chair on Radio 4, and came out as a person who (as they say in obits) didn't suffer fools gladly, after making a living out of acting as one.

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:22 am
by Adam Blake
Spike was a very troubled man with a gentle heart. Maybe they caught him on a bad day.

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:44 am
by john poole
In the Psychiatrist's Chair with Spike was recently re-broadcast on Radio 4 Extra and remains on i-Player - it was well worth hearing again, I thought. On a bad day I believe Spike would not have ventured out of his room to record the programme. He and Antony Clare later co-authored the book "Depression and How to Survive It"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060bss8

I will admit that on reading the book of Spike's letters, published not long ago, I could not help but feel sympathy with some of the recipients.

Plenty of Spike has been posted on YT, but not "Love, Light and Peace" (yet)

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:15 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Didn't he get terrible crotchety in his later years? That streak was always there perhaps, but it certainly became more pronounced. I'm thinking of things such as his appearance on Room 101 for example. Paul Merton clearly idolised him but he was clearly having one of his bad days, the only thing I can recall was a diatribe against Chris Evans.

But nonetheless a gentleness at the centre. I went to a booksigning when he was getting on, he had nothing to say to me but paid my then girlfriend a lovely and unexpected compliment, in Irish, when he noticed her Irish accent.

And one of the pleasant surprises of the programme was this lovely bit of crooning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyhgsNMK1cI

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:12 pm
by Rob Hall
Hugh Weldon wrote:Didn't he get terrible crotchety in his later years?

I think there may have been some hoohah about him shooting at the local cats with an air rifle because he disapproved of their killing small birds. Luckily for him (but not the cats perhaps) this was before the advent of Facebook.

Re: Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace

PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:43 pm
by Jarlath
Rob Hall wrote:
Hugh Weldon wrote:Didn't he get terrible crotchety in his later years?

I think there may have been some hoohah about him shooting at the local cats with an air rifle because he disapproved of their killing small birds. Luckily for him (but not the cats perhaps) this was before the advent of Facebook.


I don't know about him shooting cats but he did shoot at a boy who he said was vandalising a 'Wendy House' in his garden.